Bizarre: A Circus Story
Catalogue Number: ICE051
Producer: Indiecan Entertainment Inc.
Subject: Biography, Documentary, Guidance, Health and Medicine, History, Politics
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2016
Running Time: 63:11
Bizarre: A Circus Story is a magical tale about passion, triumph, and heartache. Part portraiture, it centers around the fantastic life and legacy of Master Lu Yi, revered as the father of modern acrobatics, and army of circus lovers who share his dream of a thriving US circus industry. Master Lu Yi is a wise, jolly, and infectious man. From his rise among the Communist Party as an acrobatic leader to his time as a prisoner during China’s Cultural Revolution, Master Lu Yi’s triumph to freedom is nothing short of a miracle. His life story is an exceptional one, full of hardships and grief, but his love for circus arts keeps him youngand motivated.
Based at the Circus Center in the heart of San Francisco, Master Lu Yi has been an innovating force behind the growing international circus community for decades. Known among his students as “JohnnyAppleseed,” he’s like a living circus encyclopedia with over 50 years of circus knowledge. But he would be nothing without the vast network of circus lovers that he’s amassed along the way and continues to grow to this day. With the help of advocates like Master Lu Yi, circus in the United States isn’t about animals or cheap thrills anymore, it’s about showmanship, athleticism, and pure magic.