Performance for 10 dancers
Writing, directing and choreography: Bence Vági
Music: Edina Szirtes
Lighting design: Attila Lenzsér, József Pető
Dance, circus and love: in blending these three ingredients, Hungarian company Recirquel composes a sumptuous aerial ballet with a universal language.
This company has popularised a new concept: that of the Dance Circus, at the junction of circus arts and choreographic language, whether classical or contemporary. Armed with this veritable door opener, the international and multi-talented artists of Recirquel have been developing shows that delight audiences around the world since 2014, under the direction of Bence Vági. The third instalment in a successful trilogy, Solus Amor, premièred in 2020 in Müpa Budapest, follows on from My Land – awarded best production in 2018 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and sold out at the Off d’Avignon – and Non Solus (2015), acclaimed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in New York. Having explored man’s links with Mother Earth, from birth to death, this time, Vági summons up “ancestral energy to tell a story about faith and love, about the universe and nature”. Alongside the artists, a fantastic fake polar bear – brought to life by South African puppeteer Janni Younge – embodies an animal presence. Set largely in the air, Solus Amor features several series of breath-taking tricks, paired with purely lyrical dance sequences. The scenography, costumes, and music of Edina Mókus Szirtes create a multidimensional, timeless space, uniting the distant past and near future in the same momentum.
La compagnie Recirquel
Founded in 2012 in Budapest by director and choreographer Bence Vági, Recirquel has become one of the world’s leading contemporary circus companies. Its pioneering productions have raised awareness of this new art form among Hungarian and international audiences alike. Its style finds its origins in Hungarian classical theatre, as well as in the show created in 2017 by Bence Vági in Budapest for the closing ceremony of the 18th World Swimming Championship, mixing dance and circus around Hungary’s oldest legend.
Production : Müpa Budapest
Photo credits : Tamás Réthey-Prikkel