Nordic Contemporary Circus at the “RE RE Riga!” Festival

Nordic Contemporary Circus at the “RE RE Riga!” Festival
Dino Makridis
The “RE RE Riga!” festival, part of the “Riga 2014” Programme, brings you a Nordic contemporary circus programme, supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Culture and Arts programme.

The Nordic contemporary circus programme is made up of four stylistically different, spectacular shows, two of which will be in the Riga Congress Centre’s Main Hall.

On Thursday, the 7th of August, at 7:30 p.m. the asymmetrical French-Norwegian duo “Magmanus” from Sweden will perform their show “Attached”, drawing the spectators into a moving and amusing tale about attachment and disconnection, the uncontrollable domino effect in the lives of humans and people’s ability to colour another person’s life with their actions.

And on Friday, the 8th of August at 7:30 p.m. the Finnish contemporary circus and visual theatre company “Nuua” will take the audience to a poetic universe with their performance “Lento”. By combining object manipulation, juggling, acrobatics and physical theatre, this show invites on a search for risk, control and nostalgia.

Two nights – on Friday, the 8th of August 8, and on Saturday, the 9th of August – the spectacular show “Musica Mobile” will be performed at 7 p.m. at the Laima Clock. It will seemingly start out as an accident, when the musical bus of the Norwegian “Cirka Teater” troupe will cross the route of the youth brass band “Auseklītis” (Latvia), and develop in an unexpected direction. This will be a fascinating story about contrasts – between the ragged theatre troupe of foreigners and the sharply-dressed orchestra, between human and technology, between noise and music – and about the moment when the road to harmony seems impossible.

On Saturday, the 8th of August 8 at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the square at the Congress Centre, the spectators will be entertained by the bona-fide street circus troupe “Clunker Circus” from Finland with the performance “Fuzzy Dice Circus”. In the atmosphere of a pretend mall parking lot the young artists will show off acrobatic stunts, dance with a hoop and fool around on roller-skates along the dance tunes of the 1990s.

In the last few years, the Scandinavian contemporary circus has risen to a prominent place on the international stage. Nordic aesthetics and the distinctive Scandinavian juggling style have become a trademark. Yet it is only recently that this kind of circus has come in the limelight in our neighbourhood and mostly thanks to mutual collaboration, encouraged by the New Nordic Circus Network, training both as a pastime and professionally, promotion of circus research and education of the public. In the Nordic countries contemporary circus is especially popular among youth. Children and youngsters have various options to learn the circus art. In the University of Turku in Finland and the Stockholm University of Dance and Circus in Sweden it is possible to train in circus professionally, and emerging artists from around the world head there to study.

“RE RE Riga!”, part of the “Riga 2014”  Programme, is the largest contemporary street art and world music festival in the Baltic countries. The festival’s program includes a variety of performances – music, dance, visual arts, new circus and street theatre.

This year, the second edition of the annual festival will run from the 6th of August to the 9th of August, bringing together more than sixty artists from twelve countries. The festival’s main venues include the Riga Congress Centre and the Congress Centre’s Square, and the culture chalet “Esplanade 2014”.

Tickets to the festival’s events at the Riga Congress Centre are available from “Biļešu Serviss” outlets and online shop. For the festival’s programme, visit this site.

Insurance company ERGO is the official insurer of this and other events of the “Riga 2014” Programme.

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