festival arena tickets and program

Cirque Trottola

CAMPANA

“In Campana, the bell rings and time inexorably goes by. And it’s about time.”

Family show suitable for adults and children 10+ years
Duration: 90 minutes without intermission
The Marquee, Smíchov embankment (by the railway bridge)

The stars of new circus represent their long-awaited performance „Campana“. With its unique aesthetics, this brand new show offers spectators a glimpse into their own soul and entrains them into the vortex of emotion. Cirque Trottola, the ensemble beloved by the circus fans, also performs with great success in the Czech Republic, but for the first time at the ARENA festival.

When the circle is here, beings with eyes and hearts are here, elbow to elbow, looking at the gesture, listening to the silence, the slamming of noise, the language, the music, and then… And then we try, all of us, in a circle – along with the acrobat, the clown, the somersault, the weightlessness, the danger – to twist the reality, to push it back, to defy it so the sparkle appears in the eye, just for a moment, suddenly sensing the immeasurable: the circus. Then, with a tent, a few strings on a violin, a drum, a galloping music, with our hands, our eyes, our bones, from the most high to the shallows, from the trapeze to the caught hand, from the stunning pirouette to the clumsy prowess, with polished or unpolished shoes, ridiculously rushing and slipping, with suspended moments, embraces, disappearances, roles to play and downplay, with quite some energy, and an urge to laugh, and to surprise, with all this, we will ring “La Campana”.

“Two characters in search of light landing from elsewhere. They know the glimmer of dark depths, and search for the shimmer of high summits. Awe ! Looks converge on the ring. Spectators are here, so close and all around them…”          Charlotte Lipinska 

For more than fifteen years, Cirque Trottola and its artists have crafted a unique aesthetic, full of virtuosity, using circus as a canvas to picture the human soul. Nowadays, Bonaventure Gacon is one of the most sought-after circus artists, and in conjunction with Titouna, they form a pair that is hard to match in pair acrobatics. Cirque Trottola works and performs under a circus tent, redefining its circular contour at each and every show. As much as possible, Cirque Trottola goes on long tours, always striving to reach out to the audience. A life on the road and under the tent.

Creation: Artists of Cirque Trottola
On the ring: Titoune & Bonaventure Gacon
Musicians: Thomas Barrière & Bastien Pelenc
Lights & Sound: Joachim Gacon-Douard
Ring girl: Jeanne Maigne
Costumes: Anne Jonathan
Tent crew: Sara Giommetti & Florence Lebeau
Technical, artistic and acrobatic advisors: Jérémy Anne, Florian Bach, Filléas de Block, François Cervantes, Grégory Cosenza, François Derobert, Pierre Le Gouallec & Nicolas Picot
Construction: Scola Teloni, CEN.Construction, Atelier Vindiak & Lali Maille Master
Craftsman: Paul Bergamo – Cornille-Havard Foundry
Visuals: Paille (bell decoration), Nathalie Novi (poster painting), Philippe Laureç on (photos)
Communication: Guiloui Karl
Production / tour administrator: Marc Délhiat 

Production: La Toupie
Co-production: Le Prato – Pôle National des Arts du Cirque à Lille; Furies – Pôle National Cirque et Arts de la Rue à Châlons-en-Champagne; Les 2 Scènes – Scène Nationale de Besançon; 2 Pôles Cirque en Normandie/La Brèche Cherbourg – Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf; Cirque Jules Verne – Pôle National Cirque et Arts de la Rue d’Amiens; L’Agora – Pôle National des Arts du Cirque de Boulazac Nouvelle Aquitaine; Théâtre Firmin Gémier/La Piscine – Pôle National Cirque d’Ile-de-France; Le Carré Magique Lannion Trégor – Pôle National Cirque en Bretagne; La Cascade – Pôle National Cirque Bourg-St-Andéol

Funding: Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Communication – General Directorate of Artistic Creation (artistic funding program) and Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (project funding program), Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region (project funding program), SPEDIDAM.

Cirque Trottola is appointed by the Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs of Auvergne-RhôneAlpes.

12. 6. 2019

19.30

TROTTOLA

14. 6. 2019

20.30

TROTTOLA

15. 6. 2019

20.30

TROTTOLA

18. 6. 2019

20.30

TROTTOLA

19. 6. 2019

20.30

TROTTOLA

21. 6. 2019

20.30

TROTTOLA

22. 6. 2019

20.30

TROTTOLA

25. 6. 2019

20.30

TROTTOLA

26. 6. 2019

20.30

TROTTOLA

Circus ronaldo

La cucina dell’arte

“The kings of the comedy Ronaldo brothers will make a pizza how you‘ never seen before”

Family show suitable for adults and children 10+ years
Duration: 70 minutes without intermission
Cirkusové šapito na Smíchovské náplavce (u železničního mostu)

The famous Circus Ronaldo for the first time in Czech Republic! It’s already sixth generation that the circus family is traveling all around the world and makes lough a millions of spectators with their brilliant combinations of old and new circus with a poetic of commedie dell’arte. Brothers Danny and David Ronaldo are looking forward to show unforgettable and culinary experience to visitors of festival ARENA.

Danny Ronaldo apprenticed himself to the Sicilian master pizzaiolo, Paolino Bucca, and a cartwheeled kitchen barrow was filled to the brim with porcelain crockery and the necessary edible and jugglable foodstuffs. Once the rickety little kitchen cupboards open, an accordion starts to lead a life of its own, the spoons play a tarantella on the wine bottles and the ‘fragile’ show can begin. The audience is enticed into letting all its senses be indulged. They play all the remaining parts and are also ultimately the directors, who set the rhythm in a melancholy and hilarious chaos. The hierarchy behind the pots and pans of the professional culinary world had appealed to their imagination for some time. From head chef to kitchen assistant – a miniature society of stereotypes, a situation clowns dream of.

Circus Ronaldo is a small family concern, very much in keeping with the romantic circus tradition. They have performed generation upon generation, and the arts have been passed on from generation to generation. An outstanding combination was formed, of young artistic creators of flesh and blood, and old souls steeped in tradition. David and Danny were once again inspired by the old Commedia dell’arte and the stories of their forebears, but also by the taste of the future, which they picked up on the wind. With tremendous love and passion for their craft, they ceaselessly sought greater simplicity. In this way, for each performance, night after night, there was the desire to perform with the power of the minimal, confident that ‘nothing’ would become ‘something’ when given the room to be what it is.

Concept                                Danny Ronaldo
Designers                              David & Danny Ronaldo
Cast                                     David & Danny Ronaldo                                          
Technician                             Seppe Verbist
Tourmanager                         Annelies Mylemans
Music composed by                David Van Keer
Organ                                  Decap Herentals
Production                            Circus Ronaldo                     
Coproduction                        Theater op de Markt – Dommelhof
With the support of               The Flemish Authorities Province of Antwerp City of   Mechelen

18. 6. 2019

19.00

CIRCUS RONALDO

19. 6. 2019

19.00

CIRCUS RONALDO

20. 6. 2019

19.00

CIRCUS RONALDO

22. 6. 2019

19.00

CIRCUS RONALDO

23. 6. 2019

19.00

CIRCUS RONALDO

Atelier Lefeuvre & André 
Parbleu !

“An avant première of a prestigious group that will revive everything that comes in its way.”

Family show
Duration: 60 minutes without intermission
Loď Tajemství, anchored at the Smíchov embankment

Jean-Paul Lefeuvre and Didier André are one of the founders of the new circus genre. For over thirty years, they have created shows full of brilliant artistry, great acting performances and, above all, a joke with a good deal of self-irony and insight. They were introduced to the Czech audience by Ctibor Turba in 1994, after he met them as a teacher at one of the most important French circus schools, Center national des arts du cirque. They are currently members of the world-renowned ensembles Que-Cir-Que and Cirque O. The ARENA audience will have a unique opportunity to see their latest performance before its world premiere.

The artistic language of Jean-Paul and Didie is more and more natural with every passing year. It becomes a craft that is both modest and laborious, giving them center ring in their own particular sort of “slow circus”.

This new show aspires towards a minimalism that gives precedence to this brand of craftwork. Working to the bone each and every one of the props they found in the back of the shed (a board, a shovel, a sledgehammer…), they transform these everyday items with their ever-meticulous dexterity. In their careful hands, these objects are made to move, given a life, a soul and at times go even further, by becoming actual partners or, once in a while, stealing the limelight.

The circle is no longer the shape these artists evolve in. Now their exploits take place in a rectangle, one that looks like a petanque ground or a tennis court or a giant pool table… In any case the rules stay the same, and are the sacred rules of the sandpit: any and all fantasy is welcome but must be applied with care. Taking themselves far without taking themselves seriously, that is the hardest task of all.

Stripped of artifice, economical in motion, these two create a world of their own in which the useless argues happily with the paltry, and the absurd stretches to a laugh. Until, at the end, poetry appears as the common denominator of all those efforts in vain…

Creators and performers: Jean-Paul Lefeuvre & Didier André
Coproduction Scène nationale de l’Essonne Agora-Desnos, with the support of Théâtre d’Auxerre, Teatro Dimitri in Verscio and La Grenouillère in la Madeleine-sous-Montreuil and Forman Brothers Theatre

14. 6. 2019

20.30

Atelier Lefeuvre & André

15. 6. 2019

20.30

Atelier Lefeuvre & André