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    The Rony Roller Circus opened for one week before being shut down by the Coronavirus and forced into quarantine on a field in a town on the Eastern outskirts of Rome. Life pauses in a place accustomed to never stopping, the bar is shuttered, and animals roam their cages, waiting for the crowd. A wooden elephant on a cart lays still among stacked bleachers; the real elephants remained stuck in Hungary. Children labor over online classes in their trailers, squinting attentively at cell phones and tablets while, the arial hoop offers an escape through splits, twists and pointed toes. The circus exists as a microcosm, while most of the world has walled themselves off in apartments and houses, the Rony Roller Circus is a community on lockdown.

  • Corcolle (Rome), Italy- May 14th, 2020: Megan Vassallo, 13 takes advantage of the circus being closed, as she is able to use the aerial hoop and practice her techniques. Megan grew up in the circus and learned by imitating other artists. The Rony Roller Circus is camped out on a field in a town on the outskirts of Rome where it landed to start a circus run, one week before the Coronavirus induced lockdown. When the country shut down and everyone was obligated to shelter in place the circus quarentined in their trailers continuing the daily routine of tending to their animals and trying to make the best of a difficult situation. The reopening of circus' is only now being addressed by the government, while cinema and theatre are already working on how to keep their shows running with social distancing measures in place. The Rony Roller Circus has refused the idea of reopening with an outdoor show, as some circuses have succumbed to. They prefer to open their show as it was, in their tents, with their lights and all the elements that make the event special. Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times
  • Corcolle (Rome), Italy- May 14th, 2020: The first trailer marking the entrance to the circus. The Rony Roller Circus is camped out on a field in a town on the outskirts of Rome where it landed to start a circus run, one week before the Coronavirus induced lockdown. When the country shut down and everyone was obligated to shelter in place the circus quarentined in their trailers continuing the daily routine of tending to their animals and trying to make the best of a difficult situation. The reopening of circus' is only now being addressed by the government, while cinema and theatre are already working on how to keep their shows running with social distancing measures in place. The Rony Roller Circus has refused the idea of reopening with an outdoor show, as some circuses have succumbed to. They prefer to open their show as it was, in their tents, with their lights and all the elements that make the event special. Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times
  • Corcolle (Rome), Italy- May 14th, 2020: Ivano, a male tiger appraoching the camera. He is especially territorial as his female partner is pregnant. The Rony Roller Circus is camped out on a field in a town on the outskirts of Rome where it landed to start a circus run, one week before the Coronavirus induced lockdown. When the country shut down and everyone was obligated to shelter in place the circus quarentined in their trailers continuing the daily routine of tending to their animals and trying to make the best of a difficult situation. The reopening of circus' is only now being addressed by the government, while cinema and theatre are already working on how to keep their shows running with social distancing measures in place. The Rony Roller Circus has refused the idea of reopening with an outdoor show, as some circuses have succumbed to. They prefer to open their show as it was, in their tents, with their lights and all the elements that make the event special. Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times
  • Corcolle (Rome), Italy- May 14th, 2020: Lara Busnelli holds her nephew Marchello in front of her trailer. The Rony Roller Circus is camped out on a field in a town on the outskirts of Rome where it landed to start a circus run, one week before the Coronavirus induced lockdown. When the country shut down and everyone was obligated to shelter in place the circus quarentined in their trailers continuing the daily routine of tending to their animals and trying to make the best of a difficult situation. The reopening of circus' is only now being addressed by the government, while cinema and theatre are already working on how to keep their shows running with social distancing measures in place. The Rony Roller Circus has refused the idea of reopening with an outdoor show, as some circuses have succumbed to. They prefer to open their show as it was, in their tents, with their lights and all the elements that make the event special. Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times
  • Corcolle (Rome), Italy- May 14th, 2020: Carots piled up to be fed to the six white horses in the circus. The Rony Roller Circus is camped out on a field in a town on the outskirts of Rome where it landed to start a circus run, one week before the Coronavirus induced lockdown. When the country shut down and everyone was obligated to shelter in place the circus quarentined in their trailers continuing the daily routine of tending to their animals and trying to make the best of a difficult situation. The reopening of circus' is only now being addressed by the government, while cinema and theatre are already working on how to keep their shows running with social distancing measures in place. The Rony Roller Circus has refused the idea of reopening with an outdoor show, as some circuses have succumbed to. They prefer to open their show as it was, in their tents, with their lights and all the elements that make the event special. Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times
  • Corcolle (Rome), Italy- May 14th, 2020: Asia Mastropietro, 9 speaks to her aunt Daniela Vassallo in the trailer she shares with her mother and step-father. The Rony Roller Circus is camped out on a field in a town on the outskirts of Rome where it landed to start a circus run, one week before the Coronavirus induced lockdown. When the country shut down and everyone was obligated to shelter in place the circus quarentined in their trailers continuing the daily routine of tending to their animals and trying to make the best of a difficult situation. The reopening of circus' is only now being addressed by the government, while cinema and theatre are already working on how to keep their shows running with social distancing measures in place. The Rony Roller Circus has refused the idea of reopening with an outdoor show, as some circuses have succumbed to. They prefer to open their show as it was, in their tents, with their lights and all the elements that make the event special. Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times
  • Corcolle (Rome), Italy- May 14th, 2020: Audience chairs remain chut up in a truck on the grounds where the circus is quarentined. The Rony Roller Circus is camped out on a field in a town on the outskirts of Rome where it landed to start a circus run, one week before the Coronavirus induced lockdown. When the country shut down and everyone was obligated to shelter in place the circus quarentined in their trailers continuing the daily routine of tending to their animals and trying to make the best of a difficult situation. The reopening of circus' is only now being addressed by the government, while cinema and theatre are already working on how to keep their shows running with social distancing measures in place. The Rony Roller Circus has refused the idea of reopening with an outdoor show, as some circuses have succumbed to. They prefer to open their show as it was, in their tents, with their lights and all the elements that make the event special. Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times
  • Corcolle (Rome), Italy- May 18th, 2020: Rony Vassallo trains his lions while in lockdown. The animals are difficult to handle in the open as they are used to performing under a tent with lights and an audience. The Rony Roller Circus is camped out on a field in a town on the outskirts of Rome where it landed to start a circus run, one week before the Coronavirus induced lockdown. When the country shut down and everyone was obligated to shelter in place the circus quarentined in their trailers continuing the daily routine of tending to their animals and trying to make the best of a difficult situation. The reopening of circus' is only now being addressed by the government, while cinema and theatre are already working on how to keep their shows running with social distancing measures in place. The Rony Roller Circus has refused the idea of reopening with an outdoor show, as some circuses have succumbed to. They prefer to open their show as it was, in their tents, with their lights and all the elements that make the event special. Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times
  • Corcolle (Rome), Italy- May 14th, 2020: Asia Mastropietro, 9 puts on makeup and wonders around the circus grounds for entertainment. The Rony Roller Circus is camped out on a field in a town on the outskirts of Rome where it landed to start a circus run, one week before the Coronavirus induced lockdown. When the country shut down and everyone was obligated to shelter in place the circus quarentined in their trailers continuing the daily routine of tending to their animals and trying to make the best of a difficult situation. The reopening of circus' is only now being addressed by the government, while cinema and theatre are already working on how to keep their shows running with social distancing measures in place. The Rony Roller Circus has refused the idea of reopening with an outdoor show, as some circuses have succumbed to. They prefer to open their show as it was, in their tents, with their lights and all the elements that make the event special. Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times
  • Corcolle (Rome), Italy- May 17th, 2020: Aris Martini practices on the aerial hoop. The Rony Roller Circus is camped out on a field in a town on the outskirts of Rome where it landed to start a circus run, one week before the Coronavirus induced lockdown. When the country shut down and everyone was obligated to shelter in place the circus quarentined in their trailers continuing the daily routine of tending to their animals and trying to make the best of a difficult situation. The reopening of circus' is only now being addressed by the government, while cinema and theatre are already working on how to keep their shows running with social distancing measures in place. The Rony Roller Circus has refused the idea of reopening with an outdoor show, as some circuses have succumbed to. They prefer to open their show as it was, in their tents, with their lights and all the elements that make the event special. Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times
  • Corcolle (Rome), Italy- May 17th, 2020: Alessia dell'Acqua serves up freshly cut salami to her chldren and nieces on a Sunday lunch. The Rony Roller Circus is camped out on a field in a town on the outskirts of Rome where it landed to start a circus run, one week before the Coronavirus induced lockdown. When the country shut down and everyone was obligated to shelter in place the circus quarentined in their trailers continuing the daily routine of tending to their animals and trying to make the best of a difficult situation. The reopening of circus' is only now being addressed by the government, while cinema and theatre are already working on how to keep their shows running with social distancing measures in place. The Rony Roller Circus has refused the idea of reopening with an outdoor show, as some circuses have succumbed to. They prefer to open their show as it was, in their tents, with their lights and all the elements that make the event special. Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times
  • Corcolle (Rome), Italy- May 17th, 2020: Dorothy Picard practices juggling with her feet. The Rony Roller Circus is camped out on a field in a town on the outskirts of Rome where it landed to start a circus run, one week before the Coronavirus induced lockdown. When the country shut down and everyone was obligated to shelter in place the circus quarentined in their trailers continuing the daily routine of tending to their animals and trying to make the best of a difficult situation. The reopening of circus' is only now being addressed by the government, while cinema and theatre are already working on how to keep their shows running with social distancing measures in place. The Rony Roller Circus has refused the idea of reopening with an outdoor show, as some circuses have succumbed to. They prefer to open their show as it was, in their tents, with their lights and all the elements that make the event special. Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times
  • Corcolle (Rome), Italy- May 17th, 2020: Asia Mastropietro (center) and her cousins practice splits in her cousin's trailer on a sunday morning. Her cousin Megan (right) and Eliana (back) came from another quarentined circus to visit for the weekend. The Rony Roller Circus is camped out on a field in a town on the outskirts of Rome where it landed to start a circus run, one week before the Coronavirus induced lockdown. When the country shut down and everyone was obligated to shelter in place the circus quarentined in their trailers continuing the daily routine of tending to their animals and trying to make the best of a difficult situation. The reopening of circus' is only now being addressed by the government, while cinema and theatre are already working on how to keep their shows running with social distancing measures in place. The Rony Roller Circus has refused the idea of reopening with an outdoor show, as some circuses have succumbed to. They prefer to open their show as it was, in their tents, with their lights and all the elements that make the event special. Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times
  • Corcolle (Rome), Italy- May 18th, 2020: Asia Mastropietro summons one of the camel. She loves the animals that they live with. The Rony Roller Circus is camped out on a field in a town on the outskirts of Rome where it landed to start a circus run, one week before the Coronavirus induced lockdown. When the country shut down and everyone was obligated to shelter in place the circus quarentined in their trailers continuing the daily routine of tending to their animals and trying to make the best of a difficult situation. The reopening of circus' is only now being addressed by the government, while cinema and theatre are already working on how to keep their shows running with social distancing measures in place. The Rony Roller Circus has refused the idea of reopening with an outdoor show, as some circuses have succumbed to. They prefer to open their show as it was, in their tents, with their lights and all the elements that make the event special. Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times
  • Corcolle (Rome), Italy- May 14th, 2020: Edoardo Vassallo, 11 dressed in his mignon pigamas taks a last swing on the areal hoop before bed. The Rony Roller Circus is camped out on a field in a town on the outskirts of Rome where it landed to start a circus run, one week before the Coronavirus induced lockdown. When the country shut down and everyone was obligated to shelter in place the circus quarentined in their trailers continuing the daily routine of tending to their animals and trying to make the best of a difficult situation. The reopening of circus' is only now being addressed by the government, while cinema and theatre are already working on how to keep their shows running with social distancing measures in place. The Rony Roller Circus has refused the idea of reopening with an outdoor show, as some circuses have succumbed to. They prefer to open their show as it was, in their tents, with their lights and all the elements that make the event special. Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times