Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Acéléré Dramaturgy: Circolombia @ Southbank 2018

Rounding off a hugely successful global tour, including a smash hit Edinburgh Fringe run, critically acclaimed Circolombia comes to London to headline the Underbelly Southbank Festival

Witness the explosive power of fourteen performers, deliver some of the most technically challenging circus skills including; the Russian Bar, ‘teeth hang’ the jaw dropping aerial act and unconceivable frontal perch as mindboggling risk is taken live on stage. 

Coupled with original music and electrifying singersCircolombia delivers world-class, gravity defying performances that will have audiences shaking their heads in disbelief and dancing in the aisles to the beat-heavy soundscape.

The electrifying troupe bring their unique and visceral performance style inspired by Colombia’s diverse communities to every spectacular performance. 
Circolombia features the raw, fearless power of fourteen of the most talented performers across the country, capturing the relentless pace of life and Colombian energy. Delivering world-class, gravity defying performances coupled with mind-boggling skill and a willingness to take terrifying risks on stage, Circolombia promises a show audiences will never forget.

Best described as a ‘circo-concierto’ (circus concert) due to the integral role music plays throughout the show. With daring circus artists singing and rapping live to an original score whilst performing jaw dropping acrobatic feats, music is not just important to the show, it’s essential. 

Circolombia showcases incredible circus skills performed with an infectious energy and extraordinary dynamism that constitutes the hallmark of Circolombia’s artists. This combination of a powerful, original soundtrack with live performance alongside raw, wild individual and collective energy garnered by the troupe on stage creates a genuineness and authenticity that is rare in contemporary circus

Underbelly & Circolombia
with the support of the Colombian Ministry of Culture and PROCOLOMBIA present
Underbelly Southbank Festival, London, SE1 8XX
Dates: Thur 24 May – Sat 14 July, (not 3oth May),
Prices: from £14 previews, £19.o0 weekdays, £25 weekends
Running time: 60mins
Age Range: Universal
Tickets available via www.underbellyfestival.com

Circolombia in association with Underbelly presents: 
This is no ordinary circus!

Circolombia in association with Underbelly
The Lafayette, The Underbelly Circus Hub, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 
Mon 7th August – Sat 26 August, (not 9th, 14th, 21st), 9.15pm 

Circolombia delivers guts, grace and gusto, direct from Bogota to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the first time. Celebrating Colombia’s rich diversity with voices, dance and spectacular raw, infectious energy - Acéléré is no ordinary circus!

What was the inspiration for this performance? 
Colombia has a real dynamic force propelling it forward, that force is human. 

Living a couple of years in Bogota, where daily life is really accelerated, has without doubt influenced our questioning of what we wanted to explore. And the artists positioned in todays world. er...are we third, first or the brave new World? 

Is performance still a good space for the public discussion of ideas?

How did you go about gathering the team for it?
Really mixed creative team with some trail and errors along the way. Our Theatre Director is Renato Rocha from Rio, Music Director Ryan Wilmott who worked and found stems with loads of local bands and studios back in Colombia, Choreo Carlos Neto who's Portuguese New Yorker, additional Creative midwifery with Mark Storor, Movement by Jose Henry Caycedo Casierra from Colombia, finally Creative Producer Felicity Simpson.  

How did you become interested in making performance? 
I was a circus artist with my Colombian partner last century in Brazil.. we had a brilliant career, touring, travelling, creating and sharing in so many places. Moving onto today....  

Uniting youth and celebrating their achievements in excellent and innovative productions which go out into the world gives a whole heap of job satisfaction, as is helping young people start their own journeys of self-discovery and development.

Is there any particular approach to the making of the show?
Collective Creation - and the delicate art of making sure the Directors understand we are gathering and choosing from the artists input, not dictating ideas down.

Also never taking oneself too seriously.  

Does the show fit with your usual productions?

What do you hope that the audience will experience?
Life, love laughter and maybe drippling saliva as mouths gape open…

What strategies did you consider towards shaping this audience experience?
Never thought of 'strategies' We just do what we love.

Having taken London’s Roundhouse by storm with their explosive debut show Urban, this electrifying troupe will bring their unique and visceral performance style to Edinburgh with Acéléré.

Inspired by Colombia’s diverse communities, Acéléré features the sheer power of 14 of the most talented performers across the country. Delivering world-class, gravity defying performances coupled with mind-boggling skill and a willingness to take terrifying risks on stage, Acéléré promises a show audiences will never forget. Many of the artists trained and graduated at the National School of Circo Para Todos (“Circus for All”), a school that supports young people at risk in Colombia through circus training. 

The young company includes some of the most revered circus performers in the world.

Best described as a ‘circus concert’, music plays a prominent role throughout. With daring circus artists singing and rapping live whilst performing their skills, the music is not just
important, it’s essential. Acéléré showcases incredible circus skills performed with an infectious energy and extraordinary dynamism that constitutes the hallmark of Circolombia’s artists. 

This coupling of a powerful, original soundtrack and live performance alongside raw, wild individual and collective energy garnered by the 14 strong troupe creates a genuineness and authenticity that is rare in contemporary circus.

Felicity Simpson (Circolombia Director and Creative Producer) began her career as a circus performer in England and Europe before moving to Brazil, where she founded Intrepida Trupe during the 80’s, bringing circus to totally new platforms - musicals, opera and open-air. She spent the next 20 years using circus to pioneer new innovations in business and education. 

Felicity co-founded Circo Para Todos, the first professional circus school in the world specifically dedicated to underprivileged children, which became in 2005 Colombia’s National Circus School, a key institution in South America for world circus training and where she remains Chair. In 2006 she created Circolombia ltd.

Renato Rocha (Acéléré Theatre Director) bouncing nonstop from Brazil, Renato has been developing an international career since 2010. In London he has created shows for the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Roundhouse and LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre). He has also created shows for the Marseille International Biennial of Arts, the National Theatre of Scotland.
Jose Henry Caycedo Casierra (Creative leader) Jose Henry is an amazing award winning artist at the major circus festivals around the globe, such as Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris and Wuhan China. One of CIrco Para Todos, (Colombia’s National Circus School) first graduates, his outstanding enthusiasm in developing circus arts is nonstop, alternating between performing contracts, Artistic Tutor and a vital role in the creation of Colombian contemporary Circus.
Prices: Aug 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, £19.50 (£18.50) Aug 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 £17.50 (£16.50)
Running time: 60mins
Tickets available at www.underbellyedinburgh.co.uk and www.edfringe.com

Circolombia Ltd 

Circolombia Ltd is a live entertainment and production company based in London, founded in 2006, producing high-energy modern circus shows with a distinctive Latin feel. Since 2011, the company’s most significant shows URBAN and ACÉLÉRÉ have toured around the world to international festivals and major venues.

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