The International Contemporary Circus Festival “Cirkuliacija” has started: stories will be told in the air and on the ground

June 10, 2021  17:21  |  News

The International Contemporary Circus Festival "Cirkuliacija" has started: stories will be told in the air and on the ground

Glance to the festival “Cirkuliacija”. Photos – Donatas Ališauskas © Past

The International Contemporary Circus Festival “Cirkuliacija”, after a two-year pandemic break, returned to a live meeting. On June 6-13 the festival with the theme “Private Zone (s)” presents works by troupes from Finland, Sweden, Estonia and Spain, as well as the latest performances by Lithuanian contemporary circus artists. The performances in Kaunas, Kaišiadorys, Smalininkai and Raseiniai will reveal various circus disciplines in the air and on the ground telling the stories with all the energy, humour and seriousness.

The women’s troupe “Sisus Sirkus” shook Kaunas with its Finnish chaos in the performance “Mosh Split“. This energetic show contains a huge variety of circus skills: Washington trapeze, moshing, skipping rope dancing, partner acrobatics, swinging trapeze, splits, group spirit, humor and girl power. The performance, after five years of its existence, was shown for the last time in Kaunas. The artists and the public were left in tears but with high spirits for the future plans.

The International Contemporary Circus Festival "Cirkuliacija" has started: stories will be told in the air and on the ground

Džiugas MOOD

The International Contemporary Circus Festival "Cirkuliacija" has started: stories will be told in the air and on the ground

Džiugas MOOD

And the future plans in the festival starts on Thursday night at Volfo Bravoras in Vilijampolė district in Kaunas with the troupe from Sweden “ENT Company”. Three artists Hege Eriksdatter Østefjells, Karoline Aamås and Love Kjellssonas are creating images that encourage reflection on ecological issues by using simple tools such as plastic and ice on stage. The performance of live music and aerial acrobatics “Plast” for the Lithuanian audience will be shown today in Kaunas, 12th of June in Smalininkai and 13th of June in Raseiniai.

The International Contemporary Circus Festival "Cirkuliacija" has started: stories will be told in the air and on the ground

Past

The International Contemporary Circus Festival "Cirkuliacija" has started: stories will be told in the air and on the ground

Past

On Friday night in Kaunas – a double bill for two contemporary circus performances about various forms of depression. Lithuanian artist Džiugas Kunsmanas will present his premiere “Mood” and Lizeth Wolk from Estonia will perform “Therapy”.

Actor and circus artist Džiugas Kunsmanas began to create this performance “Mood” at the beginning of the quarantine, thinking about what happens to the performers’ bodies when they get stuck in quarantine. The performance combines two contrasting things – a circus and a depressed body, which can‘t move. The artist is looking for answers – what it means to be a circus performer in a private space and try to present a moral break with the circus trick.

The International Contemporary Circus Festival "Cirkuliacija" has started: stories will be told in the air and on the ground

Kanta Company

Lizeth Wolk with her solo performance “Therapy” talks about loss, devastation, stress and emptiness through the eyes of six people that did everything that they could to help them recover from these harsh emotions and heal their souls. The performance was developed in the residency at the Cirko Sapiens in Lithuania.

Both shows will be presented also outside Kaunas, under the festival’s strategy to present contemporary circus in the more distant areas of the country.

The International Contemporary Circus Festival "Cirkuliacija" has started: stories will be told in the air and on the ground

Kanta Company

The contemporary circus artists, known as “Kanta Company” Kestas Matusevičius (Lithuania), Aino Mäkipää (Finland) and Lyla Goldman (USA) pays attention to clothes and their stories during the performance “Clothes and Us”, talking about the sustainable fashion movement and reviving used clothes. The performance, which combines different circus disciplines: object manipulation, aerial silks, acrobatics, Chinese pole, will be shown in the festival program in Kaunas and Raseiniai. The performers invite the audience to bring their unused clothes and thus help them become the characters of the show.

The International Contemporary Circus Festival "Cirkuliacija" has started: stories will be told in the air and on the ground

Past

For the closing of this year “Cirkuliacija” an energetic humour performance is waiting for the audience – a male troupe Compañía de Circo “eia” from Spain with performance “InTarsi” on the 12-13th of June in Kaunas. This show seeks a balance between individuality and community, thus revealing the human relationships that exist in society. Four artists on stage will show a strong, poetic, funny and heart-warming performance, which inspires real tenderness for the strange beast that is the human being.

The whole program of the International Contemporary Circus Festival “Cirkuliacija” you will find at www.teatronas.lt/cirkuliacija.


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