The 39th edition of the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo opened on January 15, 2015, by a grandiose Gala Night of spectacular circus acts.
The 39th edition of the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo was inaugurated on January 15, 2015, by H.S.H. Prince Albert of Monaco and H.S.H. Princess Stéphanie of Monaco. If the circus is “the opera for the eyes”, the opera for the eyes in Monaco is under the circus tent of the Espace Fontvielle. Open wide your child’s eyes for a show full of magic and unbelievable physical exploits!
The greatest circus acts
Under its sumptuous huge circus tent Espace Fontvielle, enlightened in an atmosphere of gentle wonderland, the Festival offers a grandiose spectacle of the best acts in aerial, acrobatics, balancing, juggling, clowning… The circus has evolved, technology has entered its world, providing spectacular effects in sound and lighting, emphasizing the performances of the artists.
The artists are delivering a grandiose show but they are also competing for prestigious coveted awards: the Clown d’Or (Golden Clown), awarded each year by an international jury of experts, is considered the highest honor by all circus artists, equalling in prestige the Palme d’Or in Cannes.
The Opening Gala Night
After the Prince’s Carabiniers Orchestra, all the artists introduced themselves in the opening parade, before Petit Gourou, in the role of Monsieur Loyal, introduced the acts.
The Djiguites of the Elk Troupe opened the Gala with Cossack”high flying”, riding galloping horses, waving a flag in the end atop a human pyramid on two horses.
The beautiful and graceful Liobov Karsanova, from the Empress Troupe, dressed in a gorgeous red dress, swung in the air juggling clubs she sent to its partners.
The Brothers Fumagalli – Silver Clown in 2001 – interpreted two acts, demonstrating their immense clown talent. The first act saw them making acrobatics on a table, with Fumagalli rushing into Princess Stéphanie’s arms. The second was a remake of their utterly hilarious “Little bee, give me your honey” act.
The Errani Family offered sumptuous show with elephant, with in the end, one elephant most carefully walks over three lying ladies!
Boris Nikishkin, the famous Russian clown, combining comedy and mime with acrobatics offered two hilarious performances.
An act full of charm and grace: the aerial flying with ribbons offered by the beautiful Russian artists Elena Baranenko, the blonde in a white suit and the brunette Elena Petrikova, dressed all in black.
The Balagan Troupe, from the Pyongyang circus, presented an original pirouettes and aerobatics display with a rocker board.
To close the first part of the show, the award-winning National Troupe of China performed a fantastic and fascinating presentation of balances on articulated platform.
Parrots fly under the dome!
After the intermission, the young South African trainer Musa John Selepe presented 10 white lions who in collusion with him, hopped from stool to stool and one lion was driven around in a car.
The Pirates then arrived on the track, with the Kolyakhalov Troupe whose audacious artists evolve with a perfect synchronization on monkey bars placed at different levels, achieving triple flips.
The acrobats Sin Chol Jin and Pak Song Hui, from the National Circus of Pyongyang, offered an outstanding acrobatic “pas de deux”, first on the track, with peaks balance and in the air, on a swinging trapeze with astonishing suspensions.
Alessio Fochesato had his Aras parrots fly freely under the dome, and a cockatoo flew in hoops before a volley of small multicolored parrots landed on children. An act full of poetry!
To close the Opening Gala Night, the Troupe of Tianjin presented a fabulous demonstration of acrobatics by 14 male Icarian acrobats, who receive and propel aerialists with their feet, mixing the leaping acts with stunning shields choreographies.
Events to come
From Thursday 15 to Sunday, January 18, 2015: Selection shows
Saturday January 17, 14h30: Open Door Circus Show
Monday, January 21, 2015: Break
Tuesday, January 20, 2015: Gala and awards-giving ceremony
From Wednesday 21 to Sunday, January 25, 2015: show of winners
February 1: New Generation Show
International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo
Chapiteau de Fontvielle
Espace Fontvieille – Avenue des Ligures Monaco Monte-Carlo
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