ZIRQUE VIDEOS

ZIRQUE – THE ART OF THE ACT

LA RÉPUBLIQUE’S 2ND CIRCUS VIDEO CONTEST AND RESEARCH STUDY

 

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

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

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.