A circus is a traveling company of artistes often performing in a tent or ‘big top’. It is exemplified by:
- a series of acts such as clowns, acrobats, trapeze artists, jugglers, tightrope walkers, stunt performers and novelty acts that may or may not be connected by a narrative
- use of a ringmaster who acts as a master of ceremonies
- musical accompaniment with dance and movement
- use of audience participation.