South Korea Launch Drive-In Experience for Annual Circus
The annual circus – usually held in May – was pushed back twice this year because of the virus until organizers turned it into a drive-in event
A clown juggled and acrobats launched themselves through the air above a stage in an open field in Seoul at the weekend as the audience watched from the safety of their cars, cocooned from the risk of coronavirus.
“The performing arts are very important even during a pandemic,” said Cho Beong-hee, manager of the Seoul Street Art Creation Center.
“So we came up with different ideas in trying to make this event happen and the drive-in option was chosen as it was deemed the safest idea.”
The lack of interaction with the audience posed new challenges for the performers.
“I had to re-imagine and re-think new ways to go about my performance,” said Lee Sung-hyung, a performer at the circus.
In the audience, Yu Hye-jin said she was satisfied with her seat.
“I think watching performances in cars is great,” she said, adding, “I think it can be done in the future, with other performances like musicals.”