‘Young people want to do good things but, because of lack of opportunities in life, they find that they have to do bad things’.
So says one of the performers in Circolumbia in this short BBC audio slideshow:
Interesting that the group was set up 16 years ago by a British unicyclist:
In Chile children as young as nine or ten will do acrobatics or juggling to ask for money from cars waiting for the lights to change. As they get older they progress to juggling with fire or knives or even dancing ballet or the Chilean national dance – the cueca – in full costume. The cars stop, you perform, you ask for money and then you get out of the way quick just as the lights change again.