Photo Essay: Circus Debere Berhan

For the members of Ethiopia’s Circus Debere Berhan, the extreme physical nature of their performances is only one small part of the greater experience. Founded in 1998, the group trains adults and children alike, many of whom have physical disabilities. Their dramatic performances in public spaces across Africa aim to communicate social issues and equality along with creative and cultural themes.

In these haunting images, German photojournalist Mario Gerth depicts the drama and beauty of troupe training. Mario has traversed thousands of miles around the continent on foot, bike, and boat taking intense portraits of ancient tribes and managing to capture the mammoth landscapes of remote Africa.

Named for the village of it founding in central Ethiopia, meet Circus Debere Berhan.

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 See more work by photographer Mario Gerth on his website and stay tuned for more from him on one.org in the coming weeks. 

Visit the troupe’s Facebook page by clicking here.

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