The Oriental Circus Indonesia’s (OCI) recent performance shows that it is not only keeping its 50-year legacy alive but also adapting to new market demands. Around 1,000 spectators filled the OCI circus tent at the Gelora Bung Karno sports complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, in December. The OCI performers took the audience on an emotional rollercoaster and made them clap, sit on the edge of their seats, laugh and even cry.
The OCI was celebrating its long journey, which has spanned more than 50 years, in the entertainment business.
Since 1967, the circus group has been performing numerous kinds of live performances such as acrobatic, clown and animal shows. The OCI has also earned global recognition, such as winning the Extraordinary Cup during an international acrobatic competition in Wuhan, China, back in 1996.
Throughout the OCI’s journey, it has performed in tens of cities across Indonesia. Some of these performances were in collaboration with international circus groups from the United States, United Kingdom, China, Italy and India.
The latest OCI performance marked a significant shift in its policy. The group decided to stop using real animals to entertain the audience. This is a somewhat progressive breakthrough because for years, the circus industry has been criticized by animal welfare activists and groups for its policy of training real animals only for the sake of entertainment.
The OCI also decided to introduce a live band to bring more engagement and dynamism to their shows. More engaging facilities are also provided by the OCI outside their tent and one of the most popular ones is a mini acrobatic studio and trampolines that can be used by children before the show starts.
The circus group will continue its 50-year celebratory performances until Jan. 27 in Jakarta and it will also go on the road to perform in various cities across Java and Bali over the next seven months.