Don’t Miss, on 21st September 2016, the intercultural circus show “La Pli I Donn” created and performed by the Cirquons Flex Company at Zip Zap Circus !
Come discover, the 21st September 2016 at 7 p.m., the circus show “La Pli I Donn”, a multidiscipline performance integrating contemporary circus, music, poetry and dance, created and performed by the Cirquons Flex Company from Reunion, in association with Maheriniaina Pierre Ranaivoson (Madagascar) and Lizo James of Zip Zap Circus School (South Africa), at the Zip Zap Circus, Cape Town.
Following a series of successful performances in South Africa in 2015 with their first production Points de suspension, Cirquons Flex Company is back in the country with their new production, La Pli I Donn. The show will tour Southern Africa with a series of performances and workshops.
In Reunion creole, La pli i donn is an expression which means ’it’s pouring with rain’.
The show builds on the experience and encounters brought about during Cirquons Flex’s travels and residencies in India, Madagascar and South Africa during these past two years.
This project opens up a dialogue that is prevalent in but not unique to Reunion island. It explores and celebrates an intercultural exchange around the diversities of the Indian Ocean region with a script enriched by the particularities of circus performance.
“La Pli I Donn” brings together four acrobats from Reunion island, Madagascar and South Africa – countries close geographically yet each rich in their own unique influences and characteristics.
“La Pli I Donn” incorporates various mediums, mixing circus performance, music, sound and visual recordings, multilingual texts and traditional and fusional dances. The show addresses the themes of encounters, exchanges and ecological issues, and integrates the disciplines of each of its performers: Isicathulo (gumboot dance) dance of South Africa, Fonnkèrs (texts) in Reunion creole, aerial and ground based acrobatics, and a representation of the Famadihana, a Madagascan funeral.
This performance piece is for all audiences and art followers. Children from 8 years and up are welcome.
Cirquons Flex Company is officially recognised as a characteristic circus of Reunion island. It is supported by the French Indian Ocean Department of Cultural Affairs (DAC OI) and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. The company was established in Reunion Island in October 2007, following the meeting of two circus artists: Virginie Le Flaouter (from the National Circus School of Montreal, Canada) and Vincent Maillot (capoeirista, moring dancer and self-trained circus performer). Together they found an approach, a direction, and progressively built the foundation for an artistic world where music and the merging of various disciplines play equally important roles. Since 2011, with the creation of their third show Dobout An Bout, the company has embarked on a creative journey dedicated to finding and building an artistic language of contemporary circus performance that represents the richness and roots of represents of Reunion Island.
This tour of Southern Africa has been made possible through a partnership between Cirquons Flex, The French Institute of South Africa, the French Indian Ocean Department of Cultural Affairs, the Reunion Province, the Alliance Française Network of Southern Africa and venue partners in each city.
Performers, La Pli I Donn (2016):
Virginie Le Flaouter (France), Vincent Maillot (France), Maheriniaina Pierre Ranaivoson of Chapitô (Madagascar) and Lizo James of Zip Zap Circus School (South Africa).
Book online via QUICKET 120R
Cape Town at the Zip Zap Circus
Show on Wednesday 21st September at 7 pm
Open doors at 6:30 p.m.
Workshops to be confirmed for 22nd or 23rd September