Circus of the Alley by Nacho Doce

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Nacho write in the Reuters Blog: “A few days ago I ran into Brazilian muralist Kobra in the Sao Paulo neighborhood of Vila Madalena. He told me that in that same city square where we were standing in front of his graffiti, jugglers gather every Monday night.

So the following Monday I headed to the square at around sunset, and found them exactly as Kobra had told me – a group of jugglers in the middle of the square surrounded by and covered with graffiti. Before I even took out my camera I asked one of them if he expected more to arrive. “Uyy,” he answered. “In about an hour this place will be packed.”

I was about to experience what’s known as the Circo do Beco, or Circus of the Alley.

They began to play music, which to my delight was the same music I listen to by choice. Just the sounds of Manu Chao, one of the founders of the now defunct Mano Negra band, and Brazilian singer Criolo, made me feel at home. Meanwhile, more people kept arriving for the art of magic, and I took out my camera and discreetly began taking pictures. I didn’t want to interfere with their juggling.

I noticed children with their mothers learning to juggle, and I couldn’t help smiling behind my camera.

Something beautiful was happening – nobody asked me my name or what I was doing there for at least the first hour. Usually I’m questioned about what the pictures are for, where I work, if they’ll appear on the Internet, etc. Here it was all laughter and lively chatter accompanying their juggling.

Suddenly I discovered that there were several people around speaking my own native tongue, Spanish, and I realized that a number of the jugglers were Argentines and Colombians. I stopped to take photos of a group of them and they commented that they had been working in a plaza in Barcelona, but that the crisis there forced them to leave. The immigrants said that due to the crisis, Spain’s youth are pessimistic and stuck in time. I answered that life is made up of cycles, and that it’s now time for the Spanish to emigrate towards Latin America. (…)”

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