This video was originally published by American Experience to accompany its documentary, THE CIRCUS. Produced by Eric P. Gulliver and Cori Brosnihan and edited by Eric P. Gulliver.
“The Acrobat,” explores the contemporary social circus movement through the eyes of Sidney “Iking” Bateman. Growing up in St. Louis, Sidney “Iking” Bateman was exposed to gang life at an early age. This is the story of how he found a community of amateur acrobats, chose circus life over gang life and became a performing artist now touring the world with Cirque du Soleil.