Jakob, The Harlequin

Dimitri chuckles to himself as he watches Jakob, his father, rehearsing a troupe of clowns. Amid scenes of much hilarity they attempt and spectacularly fail to persuade three stubborn billy goats and a group of five lively piglets to perform a series of circus tricks.

Eventually Jakob is happy that the choreography has been established and moves on to rehearse another part of the act. It involves a performer of very short stature and an ass. The performer, Nidhar, is dressed as a Sikh, complete with black silk jacket and pantaloons and black turban; he boasts a bushy beard as black as soot. His short act is scheduled to precede that of Savitar, and is intended to be a humorous parody of the great horseman’s demonstration. Continue reading