Yesterday I was invited to a performance of Circus Renz Manege in Bad Homburg. The circus is only there for 3 days and I attended the Saturday afternoon performance with my daughter.
The circus had taken over the Festplatz for the week (known to many as the fun fair at Laternenfest), which made parking a little difficult, but we were early enough to find something in the streets on the Kirdorf side.
Inside the foyer there was popcorn and drinks on sale, before we entered the tunnel leading into the big top.
This was split into three seating categories, with the Sperrsitz the cheapest and located either side of the performers’ entrance, the 2. Loge the “normal” ring of seating and a few rows called the 1. Loge directly in front of the circus ring (called the Manege in German).
To be honest, the tent was not so big that anyone had a bad view, and performers that entered the audience did so to all three categories, so the choice of seating is really a case of “good”, “better” and “best”.
There were plenty of guides on hand to show you the way to your seat, and these doubled up as security when someone tried to sit in a ring-side seat without the appropriate ticket. When the performance started, they turned out to be the spotlight operators!
We were then treated to two hours of performing horses and dogs, aerial rope acrobatics, balancing acts and highly skilled magicians and clowns, with one type of act often being integrated into another.
My daughter was not only fascinated by the animals and in particular with the final rope act, but she left still talking about one particular magic routine where a tailor’s dummy had been made to change clothes multiple times almost in an instant. She’d like to know how it was done!