Scary Clowns

European groups performing in the UK this year, have cast of the mistreated animals and buckets of confetti to produce disturbing and sexually charged circus shows.

Their new show, Epine d’Amour, produced by the Archaos creator Pierrot Bidon, has been running in Marseilles, in a disused abattoir. It is a project that Bidon has worked on for six years. Elements include the performers swimming through seven tons of broken glass; human fireworks, in which fireworks are thrown into a dustbin containing a performer, exploding in his face.