Dance, acrobatics and social criticism in the return of Vaudeville Rendez-Vous

Festival kicks off today, July 18

Until Saturday, a contemporary circus invades the streets of the Quadrilátero Cultural. Training workshops kick off.

The Vaudeville Rendez-Vous Festival “opens its doors”, once again, to fans and onlookers of contemporary circus. Between Tuesday and Saturday, July 22, the cities of the Quadrilátero Cultural – Barcelos, Braga, Guimarães and Vila Nova de Famalicão – stage 28 recitals of 11 scheduled shows, including an absolute premiere, in co-production with the Vaudeville Rendez-Vous, and four national premieres. Over five days, the Festival will revisit previous editions and rewrite past performances, on an introspective journey over almost a decade of building a contemporary circus legacy in the north of the country.

The ninth edition kicks off with four training workshops – taking place between tomorrow (the 18th) and Thursday (the 20th) – which aim to share, with an audience with more or less experience, the basic principles of contemporary circus and inherent disciplines. From a dance workshop to juggling workshops, passing through the art of trapeze, those interested have a varied offer, provided by professionals in the sector. Participation is free, but subject to registration using a specific form.

Acrobatics and social intervention hand in hand

On Wednesday, July 19th, the French company Le Doux Supplice opens the presentations with the first exhibition, in Portugal, of En Attendant Le Grand Soir. At 10 pm, dances and acrobatics (contagious) will therefore take over Largo do Pópulo, in Braga. This will be one of four national premieres scheduled during the Festival, which also takes productions from Spain and Belgium to the streets of Minho. Runa – a creation of the Spanish company Cia 104, by Amer Kabbani – takes the audience through the process of personal and collective reconstruction in a world in ruins and has its premiere scheduled for July 20, at 10 pm, in the courtyard of the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, in Guimaraes. Manã, a Spanish production with ingenuity as its motto, and Grasshoppers, a tribute to nature by the Belgian Circus Katoen, also arrive in Portugal for the first time.

The inhabitants – and visitors – of the four municipalities will also be able to attend the absolute premiere of Solos a 180º, a creation by the Radar 360º company, co-produced by the Festival Vaudeville Rendez-Vous, which takes advantage of the scenography of past productions to create a field of experiences. Praça de Pontevedra, in Barcelos, receives, at 7 pm on July 20, the first presentation of the show. Ária, by the Brazilians Nordestines – also co-produced by Vaudeville Rendez-Vous –, Raiz, by the cooperative Circo Caótico, and Passages, a French-Brazilian creation, defy gravity, while Carmim, by Joana Carmo Martins, and Smashed 2, by the English Gandini Juggling, question the traditional role of women and the fight against social expectations.

The complete program is available at Entrance to the 28 presentations, which take place over four days in some of the main points of the cities in the Quadrilátero Cultural, is totally free.

Always confirm with the concert hall or promoter the conditions of access, confirmation of the date or time, tickets place of sale, price, and availability.

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