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Afghanistan circus 12
Bamiyan, Afghanistan
By Sergey Ponomarev
16 May 2013

The circus bus makes its way through the mountains in Bamiyan province, carrying the mobile circus performers to their next location.

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Afghanistan circus 08
Bamiyan, Afghanistan
By Sergey Ponomarev
16 May 2013

Young performers practice acrobatics in the circus compound in Bamiyan.

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Afghanistan circus 22
Bamiyan
By Sergey Ponomarev
15 May 2013

Mohammed Sadat, 13, from Bamiyan, dreamt of becoming a gymnast. Once he saw a circus show in one of the schools, he joined it. In the future, he says, he sees himself in two ways: first, becoming a gymnastics coach for young kids, and second, studying and becoming an engineer to help reconstructing his country. For now, he is part of the acrobatic team that builds human pyramids during performances.

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Afghanistan circus 02
Kabul, Afghanistan
By Sergey Ponomarev
15 May 2013

Pedestrians watch the circus performance through a gate in Kabul.

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Afghanistan circus 04
Kabul, Afghanistan
By Sergey Ponomarev
14 May 2013

A school audience watches a performance in Kabul.

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Afghanistan circus 06
Kabul, Afghanistan
By Sergey Ponomarev
14 May 2013

Young circus performers wait in a bus before their performance at an elementary school in Kabul.

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Afghanistan circus 23
Kabul
By Sergey Ponomarev
10 May 2013

Shamsot, 14, is the son of an high ranking officer in the Afghan military who chose to be a circus clown. "I'm really happy to see smiles on the faces of those poor kids," he said. Berit and David were afraid that Shamsot's parents wouldn't be happy with what their son is doing, but after seeing the show they encouraged him to continue training and performing with the circus.

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Afghanistan circus 15
Kabul, Afghanistan
By Sergey Ponomarev
01 May 2013

A circus performer looks from the bus window at the girls waiting to see her performance in Kabul.

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Afghanistan circus 13
Kabul, Afghanistan
By Sergey Ponomarev
30 Apr 2013

A circus employee plays football in the circus yard in Kabul.

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Afghanistan circus 17
Kabul, Afghanistan
By Sergey Ponomarev
30 Apr 2013

Circus performers lead kids from IDP refugee camp to watch a performance in Kabul.

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Afghanistan circus 11
Kabul, Afghanistan
By Sergey Ponomarev
29 Apr 2013

An Afghan school boy, and member of the circus, juggles on the outskirts of Kabul.

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Afghanistan circus 18
Kabul, Afghanistan
By Sergey Ponomarev
29 Apr 2013

Children watch a circus performer juggling at a refugee camp in Kabul.

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Afghanistan circus 07
Kabul, Afghanistan
By Sergey Ponomarev
29 Apr 2013

A young acrobat practices in the circus gym in Kabul.

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Afghanistan circus 05
Kabul, Afghanistan
By Sergey Ponomarev
21 Apr 2013

Girls juggle with clubs and balls during a show in Kabul.

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Afghanistan circus 01
Kabul, Afghanistan
By Sergey Ponomarev
20 Apr 2013

Afghan kids from an IDP camp watch a circus show by performers from the Afghan mobile circus for children in Kabul.

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Afghanistan circus 16
Kabul, Afghanistan
By Sergey Ponomarev
20 Apr 2013

Afghan girls play in the yard at the circus compound in Kabul.

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Newroz in Kurdistan (28 of 33)
Batman, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
19 Mar 2013

Women preform a ritual Kurdish dance at a festival for Newroz, an ancient holiday celebrating the astronomical Northward equinox and the beginning of spring as well as the start of the new calander year in the Persian system. Newroz is celebrated by millions of Kurds and Iranians in the Middle East by, wearing colorful clothing and jumping over fires to welcome the spring holiday. Originally a Zoroastrian festival, Newroz is now embraced by the Kurds to celebrate cultural unity and political goals. The celebrations are occasionally marked by violence as the celebration only recently became legal in Turkey.

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Holon Purim Parade 2013 – Toy Symphon...
Israel
By Carlos van as
24 Feb 2013

It’s time to be a kid again! The Holon Adloyada – the traditional Purim Parade, will take a trip to toyland with this year’s theme: Toy Symphony. The parade will take place on February 24, 2013 beginning at 12:00 The Adloyada will march along Sokolov Street and end at Weizmann, corner of Leon Blum Street. The fun will begin an hour before the parade, at 11:00, with street performances along the route.

It’s the biggest and brightest Purim parade, with giant floats and 4,500 participants from Holon, and coming to Holon from all over the country – dancers, acrobats, bands, and street performers.

Parade Highlights:

Leading the way will be a gigantic toy train made of 20,000 colorful flowers, accompanied by dancers dressed as flowers.

Dancers and musicians will emerge from an enormous Baroque music box 5 meters tall.

Geppetto will be bringing Pinocchio, followed by a Puppet Theater and 200 children making marionettes dance on their strings.

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Petra Conti, Etoile and First Ballet ...
Milano, Italy
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
15 Oct 2012

Milano-Italy- October 15th-2012 –EXCLUSIVE PICTURES (ITALY OUT)
Petra Conti is La Scala’s ballet dancing star and in two years she has gone from corps to prima ballerina, or first ballet dancer, the Etoile. She graduated from the Accademia Nazionale di Danza di Roma in 2006. In Janu­ary 2007 she made her début with the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona(Italy) in the role of Cinderella in the ballet Cenerentola by Maria Grazia Garofoli. During the season 2007–2008 Petra left Italy for a year of study with the Teatro Mariinsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia. While she was there she also performed as a soloist with the Conservatorio Rimsky– Korsakov. In August 2008 she made her début as Giselle in the Anfiteatro Romano di Verona, in a version by Garofoli. During the 2008–2009 season she joined the corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, where she participated in the creation of a new new Jiří Kylián ballet, Zug­vogel. In July 2009 she performed in the Nijinsky Gala in Hamburg as the VI nymph in L’après-midi d’un faune. During August 2009 she took her place in the corps de ballet of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala where she immediately started dancing principal roles. She won great acclaim in Yvette Chauvirè’s version of Giselle, and this was followed by Kitri in Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Juliet in Kenneth Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet, Tatiana in John Cranko’s One­gin, and George Balanchine’s Emeralds. Petra Conti was nominated soloist after her début in the reconstruction of Raymonda in November 2011. She danced Giselle as part of the opening celebrations of the new Royal Opera House di Muscat, and in December 2011 went with the La Scala company to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow Russia, as the first visiting company in the newly restored theatre. She danced Civiltà in La Scala’s calling-card ballet Excelsior, and Titania in Balanchine’s A Mid­summer Night’s Dream. It was on the Bolshoi stage, after the last performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on Decem­ber 22, that La Scala’s ballet director, Makhar Vaziev, pro­moted her to the highest rank of Prima Baller­ina., The Etoile. The picture shows Petra Conti posing in the terrace of her downtown apartment in Milano,Italy

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Eris Nezha, first ballet dancer of Te...
Milano, Italy
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
15 Oct 2012

Milano-Italy- October 15th-2012 –EXCLUSIVE PICTURES (ITALY OUT)
Albanian ballet first dancer Eris Nezha, of Teatro La Scala of Milano

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Petra Conti, Etoile and First Ballet ...
Milano, Italy
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
15 Oct 2012

Milano-Italy- October 15th-2012 –EXCLUSIVE PICTURES (ITALY OUT)
Petra Conti is La Scala’s ballet dancing star and in two years she has gone from corps to prima ballerina, or first ballet dancer, the Etoile. She graduated from the Accademia Nazionale di Danza di Roma in 2006. In Janu­ary 2007 she made her début with the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona(Italy) in the role of Cinderella in the ballet Cenerentola by Maria Grazia Garofoli. During the season 2007–2008 Petra left Italy for a year of study with the Teatro Mariinsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia. While she was there she also performed as a soloist with the Conservatorio Rimsky– Korsakov. In August 2008 she made her début as Giselle in the Anfiteatro Romano di Verona, in a version by Garofoli. During the 2008–2009 season she joined the corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, where she participated in the creation of a new new Jiří Kylián ballet, Zug­vogel. In July 2009 she performed in the Nijinsky Gala in Hamburg as the VI nymph in L’après-midi d’un faune. During August 2009 she took her place in the corps de ballet of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala where she immediately started dancing principal roles. She won great acclaim in Yvette Chauvirè’s version of Giselle, and this was followed by Kitri in Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Juliet in Kenneth Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet, Tatiana in John Cranko’s One­gin, and George Balanchine’s Emeralds. Petra Conti was nominated soloist after her début in the reconstruction of Raymonda in November 2011. She danced Giselle as part of the opening celebrations of the new Royal Opera House di Muscat, and in December 2011 went with the La Scala company to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow Russia, as the first visiting company in the newly restored theatre. She danced Civiltà in La Scala’s calling-card ballet Excelsior, and Titania in Balanchine’s A Mid­summer Night’s Dream. It was on the Bolshoi stage, after the last performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on Decem­ber 22, that La Scala’s ballet director, Makhar Vaziev, pro­moted her to the highest rank of Prima Baller­ina., The Etoile. The picture shows Petra Conti posing in the terrace of her downtown apartment in Milano,Italy with he life companion and first ballet dancer of Teatro La Scala, albanian dancer Eris Nezha.

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Petra Conti, Etoile and First Ballet ...
Milano, Italy
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
15 Oct 2012

Milano-Italy- October 15th-2012 –EXCLUSIVE PICTURES (ITALY OUT)
Petra Conti is La Scala’s ballet dancing star and in two years she has gone from corps to prima ballerina, or first ballet dancer, the Etoile. She graduated from the Accademia Nazionale di Danza di Roma in 2006. In Janu­ary 2007 she made her début with the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona(Italy) in the role of Cinderella in the ballet Cenerentola by Maria Grazia Garofoli. During the season 2007–2008 Petra left Italy for a year of study with the Teatro Mariinsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia. While she was there she also performed as a soloist with the Conservatorio Rimsky– Korsakov. In August 2008 she made her début as Giselle in the Anfiteatro Romano di Verona, in a version by Garofoli. During the 2008–2009 season she joined the corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, where she participated in the creation of a new new Jiří Kylián ballet, Zug­vogel. In July 2009 she performed in the Nijinsky Gala in Hamburg as the VI nymph in L’après-midi d’un faune. During August 2009 she took her place in the corps de ballet of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala where she immediately started dancing principal roles. She won great acclaim in Yvette Chauvirè’s version of Giselle, and this was followed by Kitri in Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Juliet in Kenneth Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet, Tatiana in John Cranko’s One­gin, and George Balanchine’s Emeralds. Petra Conti was nominated soloist after her début in the reconstruction of Raymonda in November 2011. She danced Giselle as part of the opening celebrations of the new Royal Opera House di Muscat, and in December 2011 went with the La Scala company to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow Russia, as the first visiting company in the newly restored theatre. She danced Civiltà in La Scala’s calling-card ballet Excelsior, and Titania in Balanchine’s A Mid­summer Night’s Dream. It was on the Bolshoi stage, after the last performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on Decem­ber 22, that La Scala’s ballet director, Makhar Vaziev, pro­moted her to the highest rank of Prima Baller­ina., The Etoile. The picture shows Petra Conti posing in front of Teatro La Scala, Milano,Italy with her life companion and first ballet dancer of Teatro La Scala, albanian dancer Eris Nezha.

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"Coat"
Warsaw, Poland
By Agnieszka Adamek
09 Feb 2011

Konrad Modzelewski performs mainly in front of child audience. It is his only source of income.

Cost: Konrad Modzelewski
Written and directed by Agnieszka Adamek
Photos: Matthew Wołoczko, George Bończyk
Editing: Mark Marlikowski
Production: oognet.pl