ZIRQUE VIDEOS

CONGRATULATIONS TO ZIRQUE VIDEO GRAND PRIZE WINNERS:

 - SEB & MIMI – LES 7 DOIGTS DE LA MAIN -

THE ACT THAT HUNDREDS OF INTERNATIONAL CIRCUS PERFORMERS VOTED ‘BEST CIRCUS ACT’

Hundreds of circus artists voted this act the winner of the grand prize for the best representative of circus acts on the internet today. Sebastien Soldevilla and Emilie Bonnavaud’s hand-to-hand act proves that great circus is that which happens in the spaces between each impossible trick.


BEST AERIAL ACT: Duo Waz'O

12 catches, each one more innovative than the last. Indeed – try to find one movement in this 5’50” that isn’t unique to this remarkable duo trapeze team of Rosalie Ducharme and Louis-David Simoneau who breathed new life into the discipline when they graduated from the National Circus School of Montreal in 2009.

BEST MANIPULATION/JUGGLING ACT: Eric Bates

Simply the circus world’s greatest cigarbox number? Eric Bates combines excellent juggling technique, the lines and grace of a classical dancer, and Kafka-esque everyman ennui.

BEST NON-VERBAL CHARACTER: A Dandypunk

With bleakly touching humor, Victorian aesthetic, and impeccable timing, our favorite DIY ray painting b-dandy A Dandypunk has done it again!

BEST ACROBATIC ACT ON THE GROUND: Alexandra Royer, Eric Bates & Tristan Nielsen (Les 7 doigts de la main)

Russian Bar artists Alexandra Royer, Eric Bates, and Tristan Nielsen in a trio contemporary dance number that just happens to include a half-in, half-out as a denouement.

1 of 12 FINALISTS: Joao Paulo Pereira dos Santos

Jumping off a roof never looked so easy: Joao Paulo Pereira dos Santos takes a rarely-seen acrobatic discipline from the Chinese Opera's Monkey King character to a new level against the backdrop of a crumbling church in "O guadador de rebanhos".

1 of 12 FINALISTS: Eva Schubach & Yolaine Dooms (Duo Passe-Pieds)

See the most difficult trapeze trick in the world!  Eva Schubach and Yolaine Dooms of Passe-Pieds perform high-level technique without a net or music but still achieve what so many aerial artists see as the most difficult skill there is: making an authentic connection with their audience.

1 of 12 FINALISTS: Diogo Dolabella & Pedro Sartori do Vale

Flying acrobats cross mid-air within inches of each other in Diogo Dolabella’s and Pedro Sartori do Vale's intricately-choreographed, doubly-innovative Double Chinese Pole Duo.

1 of 12 FINALISTS: Jenny & Sara Haglund (Duo Vilja)

Sensual identical-twin contortionists Jenny and Sara Haglund’s number made it to ZIRQUE’s final round – this video was also one of the semi-finalists and voted 'most innovative' in the AKROBATIKA contest!

1 of 12 FINALISTS: Quatuor Stomp

Tumbling troubadours Quatuor Stomp innovate from group-tumbling roots with a comic, high-energy, table-acrobatics quartet.

1 of 12 FINALISTS: David Severins

Substance over flash: Artists of the Republic rewarded David Severins’ number for the clarity of presentation which amplified the effectiveness of his novel 3-ring figures.

1 of 12 FINALISTS: Jonathan Julien & Antoine Morin

The intense audience reaction to a missed colonne à deux salto vrille at 2:36 proves that when the technical difficulty of your hand-to-hand number is high enough, authenticity and risk-taking can be more important than perfect execution. Jonathan Julien and Antoine Morin of Quatuor Stomp demonstrate that this quartet’s talent runs deep.