We have made New Circus respectable in Germany. The form no longer has anything to do with wild animals, clearing the ring and beautiful acrobats. The “Cirque Nouveau” created in France is not a sequence of numbers: instead it tells stories, follows a dramaturgy, makes references to socially-relevant themes, uses circus skills as the means to an end. It is no longer about physical but artistic achievement – even if the physical artistry of the protagonists of this very special form takes our breath away. The circus has become theatre and has opened up new territory for itself. While losing none of its fascination and its magic – on the contrary!