Cardoso Flea Circus

1997 | 00:08:00 | United States | English | Color | Stereo

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Animals, Humor, Performance

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In a world of Internet and high technology, there still remains something so arcane, so simple and extraordinary, so absolutely incredible as a circus of educated fleas. Marvel at Maria Fernanda Cardoso's work as the powerful Brutus (The Strongest Flea on Earth) pulls a locomotive that weighs 160,000 times his own weight. See the flea ballerinas dressed in micro-tutus, dance to the rhythms of Tango! Hold your breath as the highwire artists defy gravity on the tightrope and swing precariously on a miniature trapeze.

Tremble as Fearless Alfredo risks his life at the Highdive! And much more!In a world of Internet and high technology, there still remains something so arcane, so simple and extraordinary, so absolutely incredible as a circus of educated fleas. Marvel as the powerful Brutus (The Strongest Flea on Earth) pulls a locomotive that weighs 160,000 times his own weight. See the flea ballerinas dressed in micro-tutus, dance to the rhythms of Tango! Hold your breath as the highwire artists defy gravity on the tightrope and swing precariously on a miniature trapeze. Tremble as Fearless Alfredo risks his life at the Highdive! And much more!

No-one believed it was possible to train fleas—but Maria Fernanda Cardoso has proven everyone wrong. After five years of intensive research, the Cardoso Flea Circus is presented here in this sensational video. Produced by Philadelphia's Fabric Workshop and Museum on the occasion of Cardoso's residency, this video will convince even the most hardened sceptics that it's all true! Thanks to sophisticated video equipment and high tech lenses, Ross Rudesch Harley has captured the feats of these prodigious insects in the world's smallest spectacle: The Cardoso Flea Circus!

This title is also available on American Psycho(drama): Sigmund Freud vs. Henry Ford.

Exhibitions + Festivals

Dallas Video Festival, 1999