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Save the South African National Circus

“… I was born in a township called Hanover Park in the early sixties.  After high school I got the opportunity of a lifetime to join the circus for a worldwide tour becoming the world champion of flying trapeze representing S.A. in many countries. After this life changing experience I couldn’t wait to come back to South Africa to start a circus school to help the underprivileged youth to attain a career in circus arts. The city of Cape Town was kind enough to give us a venue in Observatory where we were partnered by the Sports and Recreation Department of Hartleyvale.. and so the South African National Circus was born. Over the years we have established ourselves as a family of performers working hand in hand to give young people opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have.  We’ve entertained thousands of people passing through the circus grounds over the years, exposing them to circus workshops, circus styled team building, circus lessons and professional circus shows. The SAN Circus has produced world class artists through its training, as well as trainers and groups on the move doing workshops and shows all over South Africa from big towns to farms, documenting everything and everybody.

The shock came when Sports and Recreation asked us to pack up for no reason understandable to us. We have nowhere to go, and being a non profit organization, no funds to move our equipment that took almost 10 years to build up. To me, to my family and to all our performers and training artists, this is our entire lives, it’s what we live and breathe for every day. What about the future of the youth we train, we are all that most of them have, their chances will be diminished. We have so many wonderful plans for the future, for all the performers that make use of our tent for training, it’s a home away from home.  A place for creative freedom, a safe haven away from the realities of a hard life, a glimmer of hope and a dream of a beautiful future. We are the South African National Circus, please show your support for the Circus Arts and help keep the SAN Cicus Hartleyvale. “ Dimitri Slaverse

 

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