Friday, 2 June 2017

Batacchio Dramaturgy: Cirk La Putyka @ Edfringe 2017

BATACCHIO – Cirk La Putyka – Zoo Southside 4-12 August 2017
Cirk La Putyka in Batacchio (also part of the Aurora Nova programme)mixes acrobatics, magic, theatre sketches, original music and unexpected illusion to present a journey to the time of spectacular 19th century comedy shows. This will be the company’s third Fringe show following Dolls in 2015 and their Total Theatre Award nominated La Putyka in 2011.

What was the inspiration for this performance?
- the spectacular theatrical comedies of the 19th century. 

It combines contemporary circus, dance, sports and theatre with disciplines rarely seen in today’s circus – disciplines so old that they look fresh and new: ventriloquism, stage magic, and geek body stunts. 

The result is very much inspired by the lavish stage extravaganzas of the 1800s, and fluctuates between truth and illusion.

Is performance still a good space for the public discussion of ideas? 
- Batacchio does not directly point at any topic of public discussion. 

Our show is about showing how varied contemporary circus is. It is a 
type of art that can mix genres, disciplines and positions. 

We don't tell a story. We try to create a piece of art that will make people laugh and realise the beauty and diversity of circus art at the same time. 

How did you become interested in making performance?
- Batacchio is a sort of "older brother" to Cirk La Putyka's shows Play and Slapstick Sonata. 

We decided to continue this dramaturgy line that director Maksim Komaro started. 

His approach to contemporary circus is different to our artistic director, Rostislav Novák Jr. His performances are very enriching not only for our company but also for our audiences. 

Is there any particular approach to the making of the show?
All the routines are anchored in methods dating back to the 19th century, which is why we have decided to avoid all modern technology. 

Batacchio is above all about the aptitude of the performers, the skills and magic tricks they are able to carry out on their own.

Does the show fit with your usual productions?
- Yes: we are using our regular troupe of performers, original music by our ‘house’ composer, and our trademark style of brash-and-powerful combined with moments of true tenderness and finesse.

But also no: this is the first time we’ve looked back in time for inspiration rather than draw on an original story or concept.

What do you hope that the audience will experience?
- Fun, excitement, and moments of ‘aaahhhh’.

What strategies did you consider towards shaping this audience experience?
- We used all the skills our cast offers and mixed it with new ideas and contemporary circus. The main idea was to draw from their talent, skills and creativity. 

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