Ethiopia – African Circus Festival

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A woman in front of a baobab tree balancing a pot over her head is the logo chosen for the first African Circus Arts Festival. “Many circus skills are common in Africa, but here no one calls them ‘circus’: balancing, juggling, acrobatics, areal are considered merely as sports, but no artistic component has ever been recognized to them”, explains Giorgia Giunta, Fekat Circus coordinator, the “social circus” which organized the Festival and for over 10 years has been taking joy and opportunities to disadvantaged realities in Addis Ababa. Acrobats, jugglers, clowns and musicians coming from 8 “social circus” -South Africa, Madagascar, Egypt, Kenya, Senegal, Zambia e 2 Ethiopian teams – gathered in Africa’s politic capital to have part in a unique 3-days show. The Festival gave also circus artists and directors the chance to exchange techniques and experiences during an additional 3-days workshop. An event which highlights the human, cultural, social and economic potential of African Circus and claims for his artistic identity recognition.

 

Red Tomato (Egypt) performing on the Festival stageAlea des possibles (Madagascar) performing on the Festival stageActionarte (South Africa) performing on the Festival stageRed Tomato (Egypt) performing during a Festival promotional exhibition at the Addis Ababa UniversitySencirck (Senegal) performing on the Festival stageActionarte (South Africa) performing on the Festival stageSencirck (Senegal) back stageActionarte (South Africa) performing during a Festival promotional exhibitionSarakasi (Kenya) performing during a Festival promotional exhibition at the Addis Ababa UniversitySlum Drummers (Kenya) back stageFestival workshop at Alliance Ethio-FrancaiseFestival workshop at Alliance Ethio-FrancaiseCircus Dbre Berhan (Ethiopia) performing on the Festival stageRed Tomato (Egypt) performing on the Festival stageFekat Circus performing on the Festival stageFestival workshop at Alliance Ethio-FrancaiseFestival workshop at Alliance Ethio-FrancaiseAlea des possibles (Madagascar) performing on the Festival stageCircus Debre Berhan (Ethiopia) performing on the Festival stageSarakasi (Kenya) performing on the Festival stageSencirck (Senegal) performing on the Festival stageRed Tomato (Egypt) performing on the Festival stageSlum Drummers performing at the FestivalFekat Circus performing on the Festival stageFekat Circus performing on the Festival stageSencirck (Senegal) performing on the Festival stageFestival workshop at Alliance Ethio-FrancaiseFestival workshop at Alliance Ethio-FrancaiseFestival workshop at Alliance Ethio-FrancaiseCircus directors meeting at the Alliance Ethio-FrancaiseActionarte (South Africa) performing on the Festival stageCircus Zambia performing on the Festival stageFestival publicFestival workshop at Alliance Ethio-FrancaiseFestival workshop at Alliance Ethio-FrancaiseFestival workshop at Alliance Ethio-FrancaiseFestivalFestival closingFekat Circus artists preparing themselves for The Smiles ProjectFekat Circus artists performing The Smiles Projects at the Tukur Ambessa hospitalFekat Circus artists performing The Smiles Projects at the Tukur Ambessa hospitalFekat Circus artists performing The Smiles Projects at the Tukur Ambessa hospitalDereje Dange, Fekat Circus president, during a performance at the Addis Ababa Modern Art Museum

Una donna di fronte a un baobab che porta un vaso in equilibrio sulla testa: è il logo scelto per il primo Festival africano di circo. “In Africa sono comuni molte abilità circensi, ma qui nessuno le chiama ‘circo’: equilibrismo, giocoleria, esercizi aerei e acrobatici sono considerati un’attività sportiva, cui non viene riconosciuta alcuna componente artistica”, spiega Giorgia Giunta, coordinatrice del Fekat Circus, il “circo sociale” che ha organizzato il Festival e che da oltre 10 anni porta gioia e opportunità nelle realtà marginali di Addis Abeba. Acrobati, giocolieri, clown e musicisti di 8 “circhi sociali” impegnati in 7 diversi Paesi africani -Sudafrica, Madagascar, Egitto, Kenya, Senegal, Zambia e due compagini etiopi- si sono riuniti nella capitale politica dell’Africa per dar vita a 3 giorni di spettacoli straordinari. Alle esibizioni hanno fatto seguito altri 3 giorni di workshop, in cui gli artisti e i direttori delle diverse compagini hanno potuto condividere tecniche ed esperienze. Un’occasione per rivendicare l’identità artistica del giovane circo africano e mostrare come questa attività possa essere motore di sviluppo umano, culturale, sociale ed economico.

 

 

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