It is a great honor that the international organizations gave the right of the opening event for the 250th festive year to the Budapest International Circus Festival!
On the occasion of the anniversary, the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival had a bigger show repertoire, and besides the classic programs of the circus festival there were notable contemporary circus art show in more places. Uniquely in the history of circus festivals classic and contemporary circus art was held in one place! During the seven days of the grandiose international muster there were plenty of accompanying events besides the competition: film screenings, professional conferences, circus pedagogical programs, exhibitions that offered unforgettable circus experience on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of the birth of the modern circus art.
Eugene Chaplin, president of the Vevey Comedy Festival, consultant to the International Circus Festival of Vaudreuil-Dorion in Canada, son of Charlie Chaplin arrived to Hungary on the 8th of January, Monday to be the jury president for the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival.
We are happy to announce that the Without Socks Russian Clown Trio has arrived in Hungary to make their audience laugh in the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival.
ECA Professional Conference in Budapest
Equilibrium, friction, equality – Learning mathematics, physics, biology with the assistance of the circus
12 January 2018, 10:00, Museum of Hungarian Argiculture
Vajdahunyad Castle in Városliget
The international professional world is paying attention to the renewing Hungarian circus art! We are constantly exploring the ways in which people can share the values represented by circus art such as trust, tolerance, endurance, humility, or teamwork.
The circus is a performing-arts branch capable of performing educational tasks, that can shape the relation of young people to the world and to themselves; which can create a new approach with its own symbolism; which is an example of human performance. The Capital Circus is pioneer in the circus pedagogical area and organized the conference of the European Circus Association (ECA), where Hungarian and foreign performers and circus artists discussed the methods and possibilities of its circus pedagogical field. It was about the Hungarian experience with practical presentation.
New ways to reform circus art
Circus pedagogy – using circus art for public education purposes
In connection to the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival, a professional conference will be held on the 10th of January next year with the participation of many countries, organized by the European Circus Association (ECA), which topic will be about the exploration of the possibilities of circus art for public service.
How can circus serve society in important public services? What public messages can certain circus acts convey? How can a teacher use a circus visit with her class for educational and pedagogical purposes?
A new method has answer to these questions: circus pedagogy.
Comprehensive experiment with the involvement of elementary and high schools
Just like theatres are used for educational and pedagogical purposes – it is called theatre pedagogy – and using museums for special lectures is wide-spread over the world, visiting circuses can be more than carefree fun and entertainment.
The Capital Circus of Budapest has been experimenting with circus pedagogy for two years now, in which excellent pedagogues analyse the social messages of certain tricks and how we can use those tricks for educational goals with the help of experts.
At the moment, more than twenty subjects are taught in Hungary with the help of circus pedagogy. These subjects are the following: friction, physics, combinatorics, geometrical elements, mathematics, balance, zoology, biology; and in the field of social knowledges: trust, punctuality, caring about each other, equal opportunities. These topics are elaborated precisely and in detail, in the catalogue of circus pedagogy, which we adapt to curriculums and student groups. This method is adopted by travelling circuses as well.
The goal of circus pedagogy is that circus would have an increasingly greater role as an art serving public and social purposes. The new method is important for the circus financially and revenue-wise besides its significance in the field of pedagogy: it increased the number of visitors of circus shows by one-third.
Presenting the new Hungarian pedagogical method at the St. Petersburg Cultural Forum
Peter Fekete, director of Hungarian Circus and Variety Nonprofit Ltd. has already made presentations about the positive results achieved in the paradigm shift in circus art described above at many scientific professional conferences, that got a lot of attention. Right now, he gives a presentation in the highly important St. Petersburg Cultural Forum which is one of this year’s most significant conferences regarding international cultural life.
Magical bubbles and hoop act at the Argentine embassy!
Diplomatic corps, ambassadors, cultural attaches based in Budapest were invited to the Budapest Circus Festival.
On the 18th of December, Monday, at 19:00 Maximiliano Gabriel Gregorio Cernadas, the ambassador of Argentina, invited the employees of the Capital Circus of Budapest to his residency. On the occasion of this event a horse statue honoring the 250th anniversary of the modern circus art was temporarily erected in front of the ambassador's residency, and acrobats entertained the guests:
Argentine circus artist Agustín Viglione dazzled the audience with his magical bubble art, Márk Halasi astonished everyone with his hoop act, and Zsolt Dudás dazzled everyone with his juggler act.
At the event a small exhibition was held about Ferenc „Tihanyi” Czeisler; and László Szakál, Tamás Szakál, László Szabó és Titanilla Szakál-Plósz took care of the mood by performing the music of composers like Johann Sebastian Bach, Ángel Villoldo, Ástor Piazzolla or Goran Bregovic.
Dr. Gábor Bagdy, Deputy Mayor of Budapest spoke about the cooperation between Buenos Aires and Budapest; and he wholeheartedly handed the invitation together with Péter Fekete - Ministerial Commissioner, General Director of Capital Circus of Budapest - to members of the diplomatic corps, inviting them to the 12th Budapest Circus Festival that will be held from 9th to the 14th of January.
The first day of the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival started with the arrival of the artists, exhibition opening and film premiere
On the 8th of January 2018, Monday, at 16:00 the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival has started with the arrival of the artists, with which the festive year of 2018 celebrating the 250th anniversary opened!
The best artists in the world marched on red carpet to the Capital Circus. In front of the press wall photos and interviews were made with the participants of the circus festival, who will present their skills in front of the jury and audience. The arriving artists were greeted with a special show made by the pupils of the Baross Imre Institute of Artist Education.
The 250 years circus - 250 meters circus art exhibition was opened at 17:00. 250 images displayed lead you through the history of the circus in Europe from the beginning in 1768 to the present, 2018. The international exhibition was opened by dr. Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education.
“Circus is not just entertainment which can be interpreted through the entertainment industry, but it has a highly important social role” said dr. Tibor Navracsics. “Circus shows have a message to the audience. Message about inclusion, tolerance, accepting each other and appreciating the accomplishment.”
At 17:30 the premier of the film about the life of Ferenc “Tihany” Czeisler was shown directed by Ferenc Vojtkó. The 52 minutes film showed an unrivalled life about a man who made Hungarian circus art acknowledged in the whole world. The premier was opened by János Halász, president of the Supervisory Board of the National Cultural Fund of Hungary.
At 20:00 in the MACIVA Circus Art Studio a new contemporary circus production called Straight Labyrinth was presented directed by Máté Hegymegi. The production was based on Yonderboi's music mix Straight Labyrinth with poems of János Pilinszky, Sándor Weöres, Ernő Szép, Frigyes Karinthy, Endre Ady and Shakespeare. The story revolves around an old clown's memories and associations about a relationship from the desire of discovery to the stifl ing of absence. The show was opened by Judit Hammerstein, historian, director general of the Balassi Institute.
The official professional program of the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival starts with show A on the 9th of January 2018, at 19:00 in Capital Circus. The event will be opened by Zoltán Balog, Minister of Human Capacities and Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Before the event pupils of the artist school performed.
On Wednesday at 19:00 and on Thursday on 15:00 and 19:00 show B will be held in Capital Circus, while on Friday at 15:00 the Newcomer Show showcasing young talents and 22:00 Lyrical Circus Late-Night Show, a modern, all-round circus show will be presented. Show A will be held on Saturday at 11:00 and 15:00 in Capital Circus, while the gala will be held at 19:00.
The official professional program of the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival started with show A on the 9th of January
On the 9th of January 2018, at 19:00 the official professional program of the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival started with show A in Capital Circus. At the opening act of the show, Hortobágyi Károly Award and Monte Carlo Golden Clown Award winner Flórián Richter and his son, Kevin performed their horseback acrobat act, with which they paid respect to Philip Astley, father of modern circus. After that the Hortobágyi Károly Award winner Rippel Brothers performed their handstand in the air act. The students of Baross Imre Institute of Artist Education held the flags of the nations performing on the festival.
“Thank You for accepting our invitation and visiting the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival, which is the opening event of the 250th anniversary of modern circus art!” greeted the audience Péter Fekete Ministerial Commissioner, Director General of Capital Circus. “Now Budapest is the centre of attention! 165 artists of 20 countries and more than 30 circus directors and managers will celebrate with us for seven days!”
After that speech he asked Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade to open the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival.
“At the end of the 19th century, we established the Hungarian art of circus. We have always been fans of making innovations and preserving long-standing traditions” said Péter Szijjártó in his opening speech. “That is why this will be the first occasion that jury will put their votes on laptops, and this is the first year that we celebrate the fact that the UNESCO considered the Hungarian circus art as part of cultural global heritage.”
Following that Zoltán Balog, Minister of Human Capacities made his speech.
“250 years – we celebrate the 250th anniversary in Budapest, which is wonderful, and it acknowledges both Budapest and the Hungarian circus traditions.” said Zoltán Balog. “There are ten arts on the list of the Hungarian Academy of Arts for which we give Artist of the Nation Award, and one of them is circus art. We wish to renew this stone circus in a new location, in a new home, where the institution of artist education will be with everything which is needed for modern and classic circus art.”
After that Zoltán Balog gave a Pro Cultura Hungarica Award for László Endrész artist and circus director for his decades long work in circus art, popularizing Hungarian circus and artist art, preserving traditions and supporting young artists.
“The hard work and tenacity had its reward, and I have travelled the world as an artist since I was seventeen, and for 26 years I am the director of Blackpool Tower Circus with my family. I cannot even express through words, what this award means to me” thanked the award László Endrész with tearful eyes.
The hosts of the festival were Anikó Ungár illusionist, performer, and Gyuszi Maka, master of ceremonies of Capital Circus.
After that show A of the circus festival started. The following performers participated in the show: the Cuban Las Bellas Chicas with their Chinese rod act, the Mexican Duo Cardio with their Perche act, the Russian Without Socks clown trio, the Argentine Agustín Viglione with his bubble act, the Cuban Duo Solys with their handstand act, the Mongolian Nomuna group with their hand voltage act, the Czech Duo Supka with their juggling act, the Hungarian Ádám Fehér and Benjámin Kassai with their Chinese rod act, the Polish illusionist Rafał Walusz, the Uzbek Hametov Family with their strap act, and the Chinese National Acrobatic Troupe with their diabolo act.
During the show we presented the members of the jury: Fabrice Becker, casting director of Cirque du Soleil of Canada; Paul Bernhard, director of Circus Roncalli of Austria; Peter Dubinsky, owner of the Firebird Productions; László Endrész, director and producer of Blackpool Tower Circus; Elisa van der Meiden, casting director of Stardust BV Presentatrice of Germany; Fabio Montico, President of the International Circus Festival of Italy; Sun Lili, creative director of China National Acrobatic Troupe, art director of Beijing Acrobatic School; and Lyudmila Shevchenko, director of the National Circus of Ukraine in Kiev. The president of the jury is Eugene Chaplin, president of the Vevey Comedy Festival, consultant to the International Circus Festival of Vaudreuil-Dorion in Canada.
On the 10th of January 2018, 19:00 show B will premier in Capital Circus, while at the same time Maski Theatre perform their show called Maski Cubed in National Theatre.
Umbrella jugglers and teeterboard acrobats in show B of 12th Budapest International Circus Festival!
On the 10th of January, Wednesday, at 19:00 the premier of B show of the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival was held. Representatives of eight nations performed in show B to astonish the audience of the festival.
The first performer was the Ukrainian Stanislav Vysotskyi who used his body for his unique juggling performance while his hands were tied. He was followed by Alex Bobylev Russian clown, who returned three times to the circus floor with his irresistibly funny and colourful comedy. The Brazilian Bazan Sisters performed their handstand act with graceful elegance, while the Russian Kalashnikov Brothers astonished their audience with their energic and light diabolo act.
Nomuna Troupe came from Mongolia with a peerlessly precise and gripping teeterboard act. The Russian Vodyanik Group performed their Gallea act with unbelievable ease, while Brayan Gambi from France awed the audience with his staircase performance. The amazing aerial bungee strap performance of the Ukrainian Duo Feeling expressed gentleness and strength at the same time, while the Russian Duo Funcoholics performed an exceptional Chinese rod act. The show ended with the umbrella juggling act of the Chinese National Acrobatic Troupe which they performed in front of the audience for the first time.
At the same time the Maski Theatre from Odessa held their show called Maski Cubed. The Ukrainian comedy group’s performance was not only creative and full of ideas, but they also showcased series of comedic situations on stage.
B show is again in Capital Circus on the 11th of January at 15:00 and 19:00. And 19:00 Castle Garden Variety will be performed in Budapest Castle Bazaar.
Youth, lyrical atmosphere, conference and variety – the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival continues
The 12th Budapest International Circus Festival continued! On the 11th of January, Thursday, at 15:00 and 19:00 show B was in Capital Circus again, while at the same time as the second show Castle Garden Variety was held, which revived the genre of variety which was neglected during the last two decades in Hungary. The spiritual father of the night was István Vásárhelyi, its host was illusionist Ferenc Kőhalmi, Bronze Award-winner of the Illusionist European Championship.
The following artists performed in the show: Ferenc Galambos, 3rd place winner of the Illusionist World Championship with micro-magic act; Rob Alton, star of Cirque du Soleil, world class champion of flatland BMX with BMX act; Csaba Méhes Grand Prix Award-winner comedian and pantomime artist; Sebastian & Krisztina with their quick change act, for which they won Bronze Award on the International Circusfestival Ensedei; Cirque du Demain Special Prize Award-winner Andrea Alton with her aerial act, and the Bronze Clown Award-winner Golden Power duo with their power lifting act.
On the 12th of January, Friday, between 10:00 and 13:00, the ECA circus pedagogical conference was held in Museum of Hungarian Agriculture in Vajdahunyad Castle. The professional conference was opened by Zoltán Maruzsa deputy state secretary for Higher Education, after that Péter Fekete Ministerial Commissioner, general director of Capital Circus talked about the circus pedagogical programs that are unique in the world. He was followed by Kata Kardos, circus pedagogy program coordinator, who spoke about the necessity of the modernized education. Bernadett Kovacsics biology faculty teacher and Andrea Sirkó physics faculty teacher held a lecture titled Circus Study Hall – physics and biology lesson in the circus floor.
At 15:00 we held the Newcomer Show in the circus floor of Capital Circus, where Hungarian performers and the promising talents of new generation introduced themselves to the audience. Katalin Novák, State Secretary for Family and Youth Ministry of Human Capacities made a speech before the show.
“We would like if Hungary were indeed a family-friendly country, where we would support the presentation of the different generations with discount and positive attitude towards to the family, no matter, where we go” said Katalin Novák.
On the Newcomer Show the following artists performed: Dávid Herczeg (Rola-Bola act), Sziszka (acrobatic monocycle act), Felícia Fodor (aerial strap act), Lui (illusionist), Krisztina Vellai (aerial act), Imre Bernath (visual comedy), Attila Fábián (handstand), High5 (trampoline act), Golden Pyramid (power-lifting act) as well as the Young Children of Hungarian Circus Directors: Riko Manuel Varga (juggler), Henrik Ádám and Dzsamina Ádám (wire act), Lorienn Annabell Eötvös and Katalin Donnert (aerial act) and Melani Donnert (tissue).
At 19:00 in Castle Garden Bazaar Csaba Méhes and the Brass in the Five performed their LET'S GO TO RIO! act. In the story of the act six street musicians find each other by accident in the whirl of the big city and then they settle for an adventurous journey around the world. The story is told through gestures and instruments with hilarious humour. The six street musicians were played by Csaba Méhes (pantomime, comedy), László Simai (trumpet), Attila Monoky (trumpet), Béla Koppányi (clarion), Péter Soós (horn) and Tibor Takács (tuba).
At 22:00 we held the Lyrical Circus Late-Night Show, an astonishing symbiosis of poetry, music and art productions elevated in the stage, in which space and time expand. In the production astonishing air, chinese rod, Cyr wheel and bicycle acts conquered the audience and drove them through of the diverse, emotional relationship between men and women. The show was opened by Magdolna Závogyán, Deputy State Secretary for Culture.
On the show the following artists performed: Silvia Dopazo from Spain (Aerial rope act), Yan Sokolovskyy & Maria Ilienko from Ukraine (Bicycle date), Duo Romance from Romania (Pole dance act), Patrik Nieklan from Poland (Cyr wheel act), Duo Juderto from Hungary (Aerial strap act), Artimpression from Hungary (Trapeze act), Aliona Klimovich from Belarus (Foot juggling act), Michael Olivares from Spain (Aerial strap act), Diána Bakk from Hungary (Pole act), Tatiana Ozhiganova and Denis Yevgenyevich from United Kingdom (Aerial act), and Xtreme Balance from Hungary (power lifting trio). The show was a huge success, the audience gave a standing ovation.
On the 13th, Saturday at 11:00 and 15:00 show A was held in Capital Circus, while in Castle Garden Bazaar, PlanSHET group performed their PinUp act, while Quartet DEKRU performed their Light Souls act. On the 14th of January, Sunday at 19:00, festival will end with a gala.
Awards at the banquet of the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival!
On the 13th of January, Sunday, the competition program of the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival was ended with an award giving banquet in Vajdahunyad Castle at 20:00. Many artists who participated in the festival were rewarded with special awards in the banquet. The awards were given by important professionals of the circus profession.
The Cuban Las Bellas Chicas group was awarded with Special Award of Blackpool Circus by László Endrész, director and producer of Blackpool Tower Circus. Andrejs Fjodorovs from Latvia received Special Award of Hawaii Asia Pacific Institute of Culture from Sun Lili, creative director of China National Acrobatic Troupe, art director of Beijing Acrobatic School for his dog-pigeon act. For the very same act, Fjodorovs was awarded with Special Award of Latvian Circus Artists Assotiation by Lolita Lipinska director of the Riga Circus. The Czech Duo Supka was awarded with Special Award of Hungarian Artists and Circus Workers Union by Tibor Eötvös, president of the Hungarian Artists and Circus Workers Union.
Flórián Richter, director of the Richter Flórián Circus received Capital Circus of Astana Award for his horseback acrobat performance from Erik Zholzhaksynov general director of Capital Circus in Astana of Kazakhstan, while his son, Kevin Richter was awarded by Helmut Grosscurth, president of the European Circus Association with Special Award of European Circus Association for the same performance.
Polish illusionist Rafal Walusz received a Special Award of National Circus of Ukraine in Kiev from Lyudmila Shevchenko director of the National Circus of Ukraine in Kiev, while he was also awarded with Special Award from Russian State Company by Tayisia Kornilova general director of ROSGOSCIRK. Ádám Fehér and Benjámin Kassai who represented Hungary with their Chinese pole act received Special Award of International Circus Festival of Latina from Fabio Montico, president of the International Circus Festival of Italy.
The Ukrainian Stanislav Vysotskyi received Special Award of Cirkus Minsk for his juggling act from Vladimir Shaban, director of Belarusian State Circus and Special Award of Cirque de Soleil from Fabrice Becker, casting director of Cirque du Soleil. Eugene Chaplin jury president, president of the Vevey Comedy Festival, consultant to the International Circus Festival of Vaudreuil-Dorion in Canada awarded Russian clown Alex Bobylev with Special Award of Eugene Chaplin.
The Special Awards of Central European Circus Association were given by Péter Fekete Ministerial Commissioner, general director of the Capital Circus: the first place was given to the Uzbek Hametov Family with their strap act, the second was given to the Ukrainian Duo Feeling for their strap act, while the third was given to the Argentine Agustín Viglione for his bubble act. Péter Fekete also received a Special Award of Firebird Production himself for directing Lyrical Circus Late-Night Show from Peter Dubinsky, owner of the Firebird Productions.
Besides the awards some of the participants received invitations from circuses to shows and festivals. Erik Zholzhaksynov invited the Romanian Xtreme Brothers (handstand), the Belarus Aliona Klimovich (foot-juggler) and the Russian Bicycle Date (bycicle act) as performers. Ádám Fehér and Benjámin Kassai received an invitation to International Circus Festival of Latina from Fabio Montico.
Lyrical Circus Late-Night Show received a Special Award!
Lyrical Circus Late-Night Show directed by Péter Fekete Ministerial Commissioner, General Director of Capital Circus received the Special Award of Firebird Production. The Award was given by Peter Dubinsky American producer.
“Capital Circus created a new genre with presenting a circus genre with a style that has not been seen previously in any international festival” said in his speech the world-famous circus producer from Orlando, who is considered as one of the most famous circus professional in the world from China to Moscow, from Israel to the USA. The special awards were handed out in the banquet of the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival in the ceremony hall of Vajdahunyad Castle.
At the end of the award ceremony Péter Fekete made a speech about the creators of Festival and previous directors, and at the request of László Endrész, the professional manager of circus, Józsi Graeser “Dodi” received applause.
The 12th Budapest International Circus Festival ended with a gala!
On the 14th January, Sunday, at 19:00 pm, the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival ended with the gala show in Capital Circus and thus ended the opening event of the 2018 event series celebrating the anniversary of 250 years of modern circus art!
At the opening act of the show, Hortobágyi Károly Award and Monte Carlo Golden Clown Award winner Flórián Richter and his son, Kevin performed their horseback acrobat act, with which they paid respect to Philip Astley, father of modern circus. After that the Hortobágyi Károly Award winner Rippel Brothers performed their handstand in the air act.
The first performer was the Ukrainian Stanislav Vysotskyi who used his body for his unique juggling performance while his hands were tied. He was followed by amazing aerial bungee strap performance of the Ukrainian Duo Feeling expressed gentleness and strength at the same time, then Without Socks clown trio made their audience laugh. Hungary was represented by Ádám Fehér and Benjámin Kassai with their Chinese rod act, the Cuban Duo Solys show an amazing love story with their handstand act, while Mongolian Nomuna Troupe showed a peerlessly precise and gripping teeterboard act.
After the intermission, Chinese National Acrobatic Troupe performed their sensational umbrella juggling act, then the Russian Vodyanik Group Gallea followed with their lightweight act. The Latvian Andrejs Fjodorvs proved the harmonious relation between animal and humankind, while the Russian Duo Funcoholics showed an exceptional Chinese rod act. Krisztina Vellai tissue-act was full of momentum and grace and the show ended with Chinese National Acrobatic Troupe dynamic and elegant diabolo act.
On the 12th Budapest International Circus Festival Stanislav Vysotskyi, the Vodyanik Group, Duo Solys, as well as Adam Fehér and Benjamin Kassai received Bronze Award. A Silver Award was awarded to Andrejs Fjodorovs, Duo Funcoholics, as well as the Without Socks clown trio. The Nomuna Troupe and Chinese National Acrobat Troupe won the Gold Award.
In the Newcomer show of the Budapest International Circus Festival Golden Pyramid won the third place with their power-lifting number, Krisztina Vellai won the second place wit her aerial act, and the High5 won the first place with their trampoline act.
In the Lyrical Circus Late-Night Show of the Budapest International Circus Festival the Romanian Duo Romance won the third place with their pole dance act, Belarus Aliona Klimovich won the second place wit her foot juggling act, and the Romanian Xtreme Brothers won the first place with their power lifting act.
In addition, the Special Award of the Hungarian Circus Directors has been given to Without Socks, Duo Romance for Lyrical Circus Late-Night Show, and the Next Generation Young Children of Hungarian Circus Directors for Newcomer show. Flórián Richter and Kevin Richter won the Budapest Grand Prix Award and the Special Award of CECA was given to Rippel Academy.