History

Stories of the Riga Circus

The aim of the project Stories of the Riga Circus is to acknowledge those people who are part of the recent history of the Riga Circus. This page presents audio narratives and pictures taken during the project. Over time new stories will...

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Alīna Kešāne

Alīna Kešāne danced in the ballet company of the Riga Circus from 2013 till 2017. For her as a dancer, the main qualities that matter in the circus are lightness, beauty and splendour. The circus must be a treat...

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The Circus Building

The building of the Riga Circus is one of the oldest purpose-built circus buildings in Europe. And, indeed, walking along the bustling Merķeļa Street past it, the building seems to have always stood there and it has long become part of Riga. The first season began...

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Circus in Latvia

The first circus tours reached the territory of Latvia in the early 19th century. Around 1864, a temporary wooden circus building was erected opposite Vērmane’s Garden where performances of touring circuses were staged during the summer season. Among the performers were the juggler Karl Rappo...

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