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Cridacompany // Mama/Papa carnaval

mamapapacarnivalCridacompany (France): Mama/Papa carnaval
Scena Travno, Božidara Magovca 17 (Mamutica), Zagreb
Sunday, 20.11.2016., 20:00
Duration: 60 min
Ticket price: 70 kn
Ticket sale: ulaznice.hr

Guest performance realised in cooperation with:
Mala performerska scena
Kulturni centar Travno

Guest performance supported by:
City of Zagreb
Ministry of Culture of Republic of Croatia
Zagreb Tourist Board
French Institute


„Their body, their voices, their gestures, equally express the beauty and the grotesque. Their mere presence trigger laughter, hence curiosity to know them better. What are they? What are we?“ (Dominique Duthuit)

Few companies scream ‘Carnival’ like Cridacompany. With a mischievous pleasure, you can always count on them to divert the conventions. Yet, even these embodiments of Beckett‘s absurd craziness were surprised when they came across the Carnival of Dunkirk, one of the noisiest and oddest carnivals in France: “We discovered rituals involving great personal risks, it was a hallucinating experience!”


Crida’s carnival invokes the absurd, offbeat and burlesque registers. Without masks, the characters let flops, failures and imperfections to happen. In all ridiculousness, the quirks cross their mind, from the most touching to the most violent ones. Four lyrically brutal and brutally lyrical clowns, without the red nose or traditional costume, four poems on feet, as François Cervantès would put it, invite us to their carnival, to come very close to a glimpse of our truth.

Like every Cridacompany journey, this project was a leap of faith into the unknown. Two men and two women developed their duos separately, culminating in the novel shock of the encounter. The founders of the company have chosen to invite two partners to this atypical creative process: Marta Torrents (acrobat from Fet a Ma duet which performed their “Cru” performance for the last time at Festival novog cirkusa 2014) and Claudio Stellato (also known to the local audience from the festival edition dedicated to new magic in 2012, when he performed the acclaimed “L’Autre”). These partners were chosen for their similar taste for unconventional characters and situations. As an additional way to juggle with identities, they introduced crossdressing to the show. They allowed for bizarre situations to spawn, like at a real carnival!

Cridacompany is a franco-catalan company settled in Toulouse. Jur Domingo Escofet and Julien Vittecoq founded it in 2006, after they met in school, at Lido Circus Art Centre. Together, they offer powerful and strange performances, with innovative new language between circus, dance and music. Cridacompany is associated to CIRCa, national center for circus arts in Auch.

Age recommendation: 9 +
Language: English, no translation

Creation and performance: Jur Domingo & Marta Torrents, Claudio Stellato & Julien Vittecoq
Direction: Julien Vittecoq
External advice: Henri Devier
Light design: Eric Fassa, Martin Barré
Sound design: Julien Bordais
Production: Cridacompany – Flore Vitel, Laurent Ballay
Co-production: L’Agora, Pole National des Arts du Cirque de Boulazac-Aquitaine; CIRCa, Pôle National des arts du Cirque – Auch; Gers, Midi-Pyrénées; La Villette, Pariz; La Brèche, Pôle National des Arts du Cirque de Basse-Normandie – Cherbourg Octeville; La Verrerie d’Alès, Pôle National Cirque Languedoc Roussillon; La Cascade, Maison des Arts du clown et du Cirque; MA scène nationale – pays de Montbéliard; Mix’Art Myrys, Toulouse
Creation: 2016

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