The art of circus has been kept alive for centuries, thanks to those people who believed that the human performance has no limit, and they managed to maintain this conception for generations. Twenty-five years ago a group of professionals led by István Kristóf created the Budapest International Circus Festival. We have high respect for our ancestors, and we would like to thank all the former leaders, circus directors, artists and supporters dedicated to circus arts for their work and commitment! We can only renew, refresh and reinterpret this miracle,what we call circus art, with the respect for the past and preservation of the merits of our ancestors.
All circuses in Europe, apart from the Capital Circus of Budapest, shut down when the pandemic broke out. However, the management of the Capital Circus of Budapest took a bold step: several times a week, it entertained the audience with live broadcasts, giving hope and faith not only to them but to all those working in circus arts as well. More than a hundred Hungarian circus artists performed in the show of four different themes named ‘Dynasties’ in the Capital Circus of Budapest. The premiere performances of the plays of ‘Dynasties’ of the Capital Circus of Budapest were held online. They were not only followed by the audience, but many circuses from abroad also celebrated with us. The world was paying attention to Hungary, since the Capital Circus of Budapest was the only one to provide work to the circus artists, and to entertain the Hungarian audience, complying with the epidemiological measures in force.
The Imre Baross Artist Training Institute, which looks back on a seventy-year history, provides a uniquely high-quality training for artists, actors and background professionals. In order to continue to create a new supply of Hungarian circus art, a new school building is needed to satisfy all needs.
This year, too, a professional jury of several members will decide the winners of the festival.
You can apply for the 14th Budapest International Circus Festival, which will be held in 2022. Send the following required documents to the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org:
Olga and Marat Devlikamov became artists from gymnasts. After mastering several circus art genres, they chose the Chinese pole as their main performance and then started working together with director Timur Kaibzhanov in Moscow.
The Duo Devlikamovs also entertained audiences in Germany, Turkey, Israel, Australia and Andorra with their clean, touching romantic performance. For years, they performed at a theatre-circus show in Las Vegas and were also members of the Cirque du Soleil.BACK
Members of the Duo Kyrioz defy the laws of balance in their ball show combined with lifting elements. Their interesting performance is not ordinary at all in the circus world.BACK
The 22-year-old Michael Zorzan will take the stage of the Capital Circus of Budapest performing his youthful, energetic diabolo show.
His vigorous performance was awarded the Bronze Prize by the professional jury at the 2020 Latin International Circus Festival.BACK
The 33-year-old graduated from the Cuban National Circus School with a degree in hand balance. During his thirteen-year circus career, he has been travelled the world performing in many variety shows and circuses, such as the Medrano Circus in France.
The performance of the Silver Prize winner of the 1st Online International Circus Festival and the Bronze Prize winner of the Salieri Circus Award in Italy combines strength, precision, flexibility and balance.BACK
(ANDAMLAK DELIL, BINIYAM ZENEBE, ENDALKACHEW ADENEW, ERMIAS HABTAMU, KIRUBAL ALEMU, NEBYU HAWASE, NUREADIS ABAS, WASIHUN FIKREMARIAM, YARED TIGSTU) Troupe Ethiopia hand voltige acrobatic group was founded 8 years ago in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the name Winget Circus. In 2017, the team joined the African Dream Circus, led by Yeneneh Tesfaye.
The members of the highly skilled company represented their country at many circus festivals with their exciting production of somersaults. Troupe Ethiopia conveys a message other than skill: without trust and teamwork, there is no result!BACK
Valeriya Sheshukova studied at the Perm Children’s Circus School in Russia and then at the Perm State National University. Thanks to her excellent training, dedication and love of circus arts, she has been given numerous professional recognitions. Among other things, she shined at Sochi, at the St.
Petersburg International Circus Festival, at the Bulgarian International Circus Festival and at the Russian International Circus Festival. Her artistic swinging trapeze performance combined with somersaults and turns, enchants and shivers the audience.BACK
Pavel Valla Bertini is a fifth-generation member of a circus dynasty from the Czech Republic.
He started his career with family performances and then created his special unicycle show. The performance is exceptional for the use of unicycles of different heights and acrobatic elements.BACK
(GEVORG VARDANYAN AND ANDRANIK VARDANYAN) The Armenian born brothers’ training was started at three years old by their uncle, a skilled balance artist.
From the age of nine, they performed in various circuses. Their performance was inspirated by a balancing show with daggers that they saw in Iran. They have only performed across Europe, in the United Arab Emirates and in China, but they have participated in various international circus festivals as well.BACK
(Adlet Tikanov, Kamila Kurkembayeva, Makhmud Almas, Dastan Bakytuly, Zhalgas Kainarbay, Adilet Dungenbay, Zharkyn Borazdayev) The production of artists belonging to the Kazgoscirk company takes us to the ancient land of Kazakhstan, which has a rich history, with legends coming to life.
The production, spiced with heavy tricks, was successful at several circus festivals: They won gold awards at the International Circus Festival Echo of Asia, bronze awards at the Moscow Circus on Tsvetnoi Boulevard and at the Minsk International Circus Festival, and several special awards.BACK
The members of the Rosgoscirk Troupe, Ekaterina Zapashnaya and Konstantin Rastegaev, perform a graceful and dainty aerial show.
The production is spiced up with thrilling tricks and takes us to Ekaterina’s dream where fantasy becomes a reality.BACK
The surprisingly young brothers came from Ireland to the 14th Budapest International Circus Festival.
They manifest their marvellous sense of balance, flexibility and stamina in their handstand performance.
Anna Demeter’s Cloudswing act «AngelHeart» was first presented in Budapest at the Capital Circus in the summer of 2021. Olga Simet (aerial specialist and coach of the Baross Imre Circus school) took Anna under her wings and introduced her to this high impact genre. The act was directed by Kristian Kristof using a unique and original motorized prop, which gave more freedom to the performance: connecting the choreography on the floor to the one in the air.
The performance starts with the picture of an angel descending from heaven, rescuing a glowing heart left on earth (the soul of Freddy Mercury) and flying it back to heaven. A combination of lyrical and dynamic movements, to the notes of the Bohemian Rhapsody, first singed by a young lady Angelina Jordan, then by the epic Queen. An angelic performance of a girl who wants to liberate a dying soul.BACK
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The 17-year-old Varga's Huan is a descendant of multi-generation artiste dynasty - Reisner, Féder, Varga, Adam. He first performed in front of the audience at the age of seven as a participant in a clown performance at the Americano Vargas Circus, which is still owned by his family. Later on, he favoured the juggler genre which he has been practicing since 2016.
He has been performing his juggling show in front of an audience since 2017. His master was Lajos Nagy “Nereus”, who gave him a lot of professional and technical advice. In 2018, he also demonstrated his skills on an elephant.BACK
Alexandra Levitskaya-Spiridonova presents a period after a painful breakup in her stunningly impressive aerial performance combining two main genres: the aerial straps and the hula-hoop.
Her show was composed for the World Festival of Circus Art IDOL – 2015 where two main prizes were awarded to her. Afterwards she achieved outstanding success in four other international circus festivals too.BACK
The Bartigerzz established in 2011 has been performing in circuses and theaters around the world for nearly ten years with their modern world show. Bartigerzz is a young and dynamic group; their performance is dominated by strength, discipline and spectacular tricks.
The group was a finalist in France Got Talent and Arabs Got Talent television talent shows, as well as semi-finalist in Britains Got Talent and Das Super Talent shows.BACK
(JUAN CARLOS MONDUY CABRERA, RAMIRO MORA ROMERO, DAYREL KESSELL FIGUEROA, JORGE CARLOS HERNANDEZ SANCHEZ, LAZARO YOEL ALMIRALL IGLESIAS, OSMAIDI AGUILAR DELIS, DAYANA RODRIGUEZ LEON, RAIZA ARIAS FONSECA) The members of the acrobat group of Cuban youngsters are skilled in several genres of circus arts, such as aerial trapeze, aerial rope and aerial pole.
The audience of Central-Europe’s only stone-built circus will be mesmerized by their breathtaking somersaults and jumps in the Budapest International Circus Festival, whilst cheerful and hot Cuban vibes will be brought into the chilly winter. During the Romero Troupe’s career, they have performed in the leading circuses of Europe and the United Kingdom.BACK
The members of the trio began their artistic preparation at the Addis Africa Circus at the age of 13. During their six-year training they mastered the elements of rolla bolla, air rope, juggling, fire juggling and acrobatics.
Throughout their careers, they have performed in Japan, the Netherlands, France, England, and on the MSC Orchestra cruise ship.BACK
The board production Echo of Dreams was created in 2021 by Aleksey Zaripov, and was directed by Vitaly Logvinenko. One of the specialties of the Zaripov Group’s production is that since board performances are generally considered a male circus genre, in this case they are still performed by airy ladies.
The artists are among the international masters of the sport: they perform triple and quartet somersaults in their production. Zaripov Group belonging to the Rosgoscirk company won a silver award in October 2021 at the Saratov International Circus Festival.BACK
Alice Casaglia came from the Artist School of Verona. The young Italian talent amuses the audience at the Newcomer Show with an imaginative handstand performance.
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Áron Zsálek has been completely amazed by the circus world since he was a child; he often attended circus performances. In 2010, he first saw Lajos Nereus in his performance “The Clown on his way” in the Capital Circus of Budapest, and his tricks and effortless performance completely amazed him. This production made him decide that he also would be a juggler. He first started practicing independently, in a self-taught way, and then in order to develop, he applied for the adult training of the Baross Imre Circus School in 2018, where my former role model taught him as a professional teacher with whom they created his production.
In Áron’s juggling performance, we can see an airport scene in which the suitcases, which are essential parts of the performance, play a prominent role. The production is about the character arriving at the airport with suitcases and since his flight is delayed, he starts to entertain himself - and of course the spectators - with juggling tricks in the airport lounge. In his performance, modern technique is combined with classic juggling elements. In June 2021, he passed the artiste exam in juggler specialization in the Capital Circus of Budapest, and in August and September, thanks to his first foreign contract, he was able to work with the Cirque Berserk (Zippos Circus) company in London at the Garrick Theatre in the West End.BACK
Eötvös Dobritch Christopher is the eighth generation member of the world-famous Eötvös circus dynasty from his mother’s side, and is from the Dobritch family, the most famous circus family in Bulgaria from his father’s side. He first performed in front of an audience at the age of twelve with a rider juggling production.
Originally, he was preparing for an equestrian productions, then he amused the audience with a ball-balancing number. With his illusion performance, has been enchanting audiences for three years. Christopher’s exciting illusion performance will certainly amaze the audience.BACK
Andrey’s production spreads joy and humour in the manege, while also demonstrating his virtuosic sense of rhythm, unique talent for juggling and magician skills in addition to his charming comic, alongside his funny assistants.
His performances built on situation comedy captivate people all over the world while working up their diaphragms as well.BACK
Artem Averyushkin emerges on the stage of the Capital Circus of Budapest as a real wheel-charmer. With a touch of humour in his performance he proves that he can tame any kind of wheels, no matter the size or height, he can ride all of them.
The artist who cannot be thrown out of balance spice up his performance with a cup-balancing show while riding three wheels.BACK
(RICHTER KEVIN, RICHTER ANGELINA, CSIBRÁK BRIGITTA, BERKES ISTVÁN, FEHÉR MÁRK, EVGENY NEKH, VASILY HAVADZIN, SAVA MOSIN, MARTON MARIUS ÉS OLEKSANDR ABAKUMOV)
The special feature of the rock and roll performance of the group led by Richter Kevin, member of the world-famous Richter circus dynasty as well as Young Star of the Stage Award winner and Guinness Recorder, is that it mixes the Russian board performance with the Hungarian springboard show. In 2021, the group won the Golden Elephant Award at the Girona International Circus Festival in Spain and the silver award at the Latin International Circus Festival.BACK
Oleksii Grigorov’s career has started in 1996 with a duo trapeze show then entertained the audience with his solo wheel gymnastics (röhnrad) performance. After he met his future wife, they made their old dream come true and created their romantic, lyrical aerial hoop performance which they presented in the world’s most famous circuses, shows and variety shows.
The performance performed without a safety rope and combined with difficult tricks, explores the secrets of the soul, the unbreakable relationship between man and woman based on trust, balance, equality and love. The performance Secret of my Soul has been awarded at several circus festivals: in Kyiv, Moscow, Massy with a gold award, in Zhuhai and Minsk with a silver award, and in Latina with a bronze award.BACK
The unconditional trust for each other, the amazing sense of balance and strength combine in the ladder perche show of the Russian group.
Incredible tricks and the miracle of human willpower can be seen on the stage of the Capital Circus of Budapest!BACK
The Butterfly Sarychevs arrived at Central Europe’s one and only, all year round open stone-built circus with a magnificent double sitz show.
The Russian aerial artists will soar in the air just like butterflies.BACK
Misha has been entertaining audiences since 1983. He studied at the prestigious Moscow clown school in Izmaylovo. Shortly after graduation, he become the co-founder of MIKOS which received a silver award at the 1st International Clown Festival in Moscow. He has performed with MIKOS in Russia and Europe for fourteen years as a creator and lead performer. In 2009, he joined Cirque du Soleil.
For their play Totem he formed the character of Fisher, with which he performed in the company for ten years. In addition, he was also successful in Europe’s well-known circuses and television shows. Misha has been given considerable professional recognitions.BACK
The Mongolian circus artist performs tricks on an ever growing tower built of chairs.
For this, advanced sense of balance, flexibility and great physical condition are required.BACK
Ryan Donnert is a graduate student of the Baross Imre Circus School and Secondary Vocational Grammar School, where in addition to acrobatics, he also became an expert of roller skating. With the latter, he fascinates the audience of the Capital Circus of Budapest with his partner, Anna Szécsényi, who is also a student of the circus school.
Their dynamic, fast performance is quite dangerous, as they spin on a small table in one place while presenting various acrobatic elements. Ryan was two years old when he performed for the first time in front of an audience on the roller skate performance of his parents - Károly Donnert and Ildikó Donnert. The Donnert family has been doing circus art for more than 125 years.BACK
Anikó Gyarmati and László Takács graduated this year in the clown class of the Imre Baross Circus School.
At the Newcomer Show of the Budapest International Circus Festival, they use magic techniques in their joint clown show.BACK
Dávid Herczeg graduated from the Baross Imre Circus School four years ago. His father worked as a personnel responsible for the circus tent at Magyar Cirkusz és Varieté Vállalat decades ago, so as a result of his stories, Dávid decided as a child to become an artist.
At the Budapest International Circus Festival, he subpoenas Mozart to appear with his funny rolla bolla performance.BACK
Renáta Szakálas graduated as a dancer from the Secondary Grammar School of Art of Pécs. After having spent some years as a dancer, while searching for new challenges, she found circus art, and within that, the genre of aerial hoop.
She achieved a podium finish at several renowned aerial acrobatics competitions and received a special prize in artistry. She is currently enrolled in the adult training of the Baross Imre Circus School and Secondary Vocational Grammar School, where she is studying various genres.BACK
Bernát Csanády studied several genres of circus art as a student of the Imre Baross Art Training Institute.
In addition to air numbers, it also performs a chair-balancing production. He presents his tricks on a “tower” of chairs that are being built higher and higher, which requires an advanced sense of balance, flexibility and good physical condition.BACK
Judit Horváth studied at the Imre Baross Artist Training Institute.
In her airy trapeze, she portrays a full-blooded woman who passionately performs her stunning tricks high up.BACK