Genevieve PM Roy
FESTIVAL MONDIAL DU CIRQUE DE DEMAIN ( FMDC) – SPECIAL EDITION at the TOHU,FESTIVAL MONDIAL DU CIRQUE DE DEMAIN
The World Festival of the Circus of Tomorrow – Special edition,
For many adults, the concept of a circus brings back fond memories of childhood and provides a colorful setting where clowns, jugglers, lion tamers and ladies in tights, receive tremendous applauses. As a child, you might even have dreamed of joining the circus. For the 16 artists that will be performing over the next few weeks at the FESTIVAL MONDIAL DU CIRQUE DE DEMAIN ( FMDC) – SPECIAL EDITION at the TOHU, not only have they made this dream a reality, they also represent the cream of the crop of emerging circus talents from around the world.
Annually, hundreds of young, global talents present themselves to the FMDC judging committee in Paris and participate in a circus competition that emphasises not only high quality performances, but also original numbers. Bringing a distinctive touch of their own cultural background, each artist is judged by a panel of experts as well as being voted as a ``crowd favorite`` by the masses. Pascal Jacob, the artistic director of this event, explained that the young performers ( all under the age of 25), must not only be technically fit, but also offer an original perspective of their discipline and contribute to the world of contemporary circus. Every January, twenty four numbers make it to the finals to receive special awards, mentions and medals. Montreal has played host city to a couple special editions of the festival, in which some of the previous winners of recent editions are selected to perform for a Canadian audience. At this year`s Special Edition, I strongly believe that Montrealers will be seduced by the selection of high quality acts and artists that have left their mark in preceding editions of this renowned annual competition.
This year, the FESTIVAL MONDIAL DU CIRQUE DE DEMAIN has selected a diverse selection of acrobats, tightrope walkers, clowns, jugglers and trapeze artists. Their overall performances showcased a variety of styles, performed with much vigor, creativity and innovation compared to more traditional circus acts.
The one and only Calixte de Nigremont, dressed in a long, black coat enhanced with sparkling diamonds, welcomed guests with improvised discourse and acted as a pompous French master of ceremonies. His jokes were often ethnocentric and he generally enjoyed poking clean fun at Celine Dion and neighboring Belgium, but one could sense that this irreplaceable host was proud to present these rising stars of the circus world to the crowd.
Throughout the night, a live orchestra, led by Francois Morel, accompanied each act.
Below are the acts presented at TOHU:
Chris & Iris - Germany – They were winners of the silver medals at the 2012 festival. Their hand to hand act was hilarious due to their obvious size difference, but the performance chemistry between the pair was obvious and produced an enjoyable and strong act.
Morgan - France – This juggler caused jaws to drop by his magical and innovative movement sequences. I was impressed when he passed a ball from one foot to the others by boomeranging it around his neck! Also noteworthy was his acting and transition capabilities.
Lisa Rinne - Germany – Comparable to a bird, Lisa`s trapeze act, entitled Fallen, was both graceful and unique with her choreography including a rope ladder and swinging trapeze. She also developed two never-before seen figures which received strong applauses from the audience.
Starbugs - Switzerland - This trio of eccentric clowns were a real crowd pleaser: mixing hip hop, mime and clown acts, they wowed the audience with smooth moves supported by a popular medley of songs, including the infamous Gangnan style!
Nathalie Enterline - United States - This gold winner of the 7th festival (back in 1984) is a true virtuoso! Her twirling baton act was a real treat to see as she twirled and danced with great precision and dressed in cabaret style Charlie Chaplin and Top Hat costumes.
BA Jianguo (Troupe de Shangai) - China - Diabolo. Another crowd favorite, this exotic pair is relatively new to the professional circus vocation. Together they combined beautiful Chinese folk music to an innovative performance of Diabolo juggling. A real Dragon - fire inspired act !
Le Boustrophédon - France - This Balancing act reinvented the concept of puppetry and ballet. I loved the dual fragility and strength of the act. The artist impersonates an old woman trying to learn ballet with the aid of different size glasses…all atop a grand piano
Bert & Fred - Belgique- Washington trapeze. BERT !!! This couple not only shone on the trapeze, they kept the audience on their toes with their quasi- sado masochistic comedy acts!
Robert & Abillahi - Tanzania – This pair of Contortionists were brash, bold and beautiful in their choreography. Dressed in skin tight leotards, I could appreciate the lines of movement and feel the energy they exuded.
In a highly competitive industry, circus performers have to constantly push their performances one step further and try to innovate and evolve new concepts and themes to surprise and please their audience. Throughout the entire performance, I was pleasantly surprised and entertained by their cast of young talents from around the globe. It is really great to welcome these exceptional caliber performances and artists all together under the same roof.
FESTIVAL MONDIAL DU CIRQUE DE DEMAIN ( FMDC) – SPECIAL EDITION at the TOHU,
February 19th, 2013 to March 3rd, 2013
Presented as part of MONTREAL EN LUMIERE
In collaboration with Radio-Canada
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