The circus is reinventing itself to keep its human feats alive the world over with more stylised contemporary acts.
A trapeze theatre from France, “Flying Angels” by Les Studio De Cirque, that is touring India as part of the closing ceremony of “Bonjour India – Festival of France”, is showcasing the new-age western circus that combines trapeze and aerial stunts with the contemporary theatrical tradition and powerful storyboards.
The act – a tale about angels returning to earth after 500 years on white horses to shower joy on people and collect one of their mates whom they had left behind – is one of the biggest French-Latino circus performance that has done away with animals and landscape-oriented traditions with abstract performance props.
“Trapeze theatre is a mixing of the classical discipline, trapeze, acrobatic rope tricks and different kinds of suspending aerial acts. It is an experience in climbing techniques,” stage director of “Flying Angel” Stephan Girard told IANS in the capital between his rehearsals at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the venue of his March 31 signature 2001 new age circus.
The artists use tons of white feathers to create the impressions of snow, angels wings and divine blessings that in an abstract white magical world connect heaven with earth.
The show, created after Girard and two of mates, Pierrot Bidon and Ana Rache, return from a performance in Brazil, is described as “manifest of a quest to take conventional circus out of its usual environment to create unexpected genres”.