After much criticism and controversy surrounding the use of animals in circuses, Circo Roncalli decided to replace them with holograms, becoming the pioneer in this futuristic approach.
Circuses have a controversial history due to the fact that circus animals are one of the animals most abused and mistreated in the world. Many circuses have had to shut down in recent decades after rising voices from animal activists for showing the reality of circus life.
However, now, the future of circuses may look very different as advanced technologies come into all aspects of our lives, including virtual reality technologies.
According to Interesting Engineering, Circo Roncalli, a circus troupe based in Germany, became the first circus in the world to replace your animals and start using holograms in your place.
The announcement of the change was made in 2019, becoming the circus pioneer in this approach.
The Roncalli Circus, which has been operating since 1976, has had animals, such as elephants and horses, performing tricks and acrobatics for the entertainment of the public.
In an attempt to keep the circus tradition alive without forcing live animals to entertain the crowds, the circus partnered with Bluebox, which joined forces with Optoma, for install 11 laser projectors all 32 meters wide and five meters deep in the arena.
High-tech projectors are arranged circularly around the ring and produce holograms of animals partially oversized in natural size on a specially developed, transparent and circular projection surface.
Thanks to 360 ° holographic 3D images of animals such as horses, elephants and fish, Circo Roncalli he hasn’t had any live animals for years.
People also responded positively to the change.
The circus has recently been selected as a finalist for the German Sustainability Award 2021 and appears to be setting a new standard in the industry. The company is striving to save resources by reducing its transportation and consumption costs, improving your environmental footprint.
The example of Circo Roncalli shows that the lack of animals in a circus does not prevent the spectacle that, with the help of technology, can continue.
Maria Campos, ZAP //