of Bertrand Langlois
The printing process, callotype, was chosen to match the subject of a traditional gypsy circus. This photographic process uses iron salts with silver nitrate while working from a black and white film negative. It gives the prints a quality that is in the 'feel' of this entertainment that has in it the origins of the modern circus.
In a big top made by the devil himself, a circus like no other, open and full of beauty and freedom; the gypsy circus of Alexandre Romanès invites us to share the joy and the emotion of a gypsy marriage by putting us in the middle of the festivities.
In an atmosphere of candles and incense, the troop jackrabbits in and sits under the big top allowing the spectacle to begin. Everyone gets up and does their number in front of the others, a song recital, an acrobatic dance, a trapeze act or contortion to the sound of the violin, the accordion and the voice of Délia in the heat of a charming family evening.
The gypsy orchestra leads the dance tunes both playful and poignant in dialogue with the shots, the wires, the bodies and takes the acrobats on a surprising dance where enchantment takes precedence over exploit.