Metzingen, a small town in southern Germany with a population of around 22,000, seems an unlikely place for a circus troupe to pitch its tent in the middle of winter, yet what looks like a vast, tented city looms from an icy field. The isolation of the location is summed up by the banter of several guests as they step inside.
"Shall we go to a bar afterward?" asks one.
"We'd have to build one first" is the reply.
Inside, the cavernous space (which includes a huge bar, for one night only) has been decked out not for clowns and acrobats...