Paris Fetes the Circus Arts: Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain

Paris Fetes the Circus Arts: Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain

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Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain
A member of the contortionist group from Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Ouch./
Photo Credit: Meredith Mullins

There is no fear of flying at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain. Heights (and gravity) do not seem to pose a problem. Performers dive off platforms; fly from swings, trapezes, and their partner’s arms; and catapult from see-saw-like Korean planks or springy boards like the Russian bar.

Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain
Niko and Vito from France and Spain balance on the double slack wire./ Photo Credit: Meredith Mullins

The young performers at the annual Circus of Tomorrow do it all. Spinning, hanging, balancing, tumbling, climbing, somersaulting, diving, juggling, contorting, dancing, and taking leaps of faith. They are fit, focused, and fearless.

Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain
Alain Pacherie, President of the Festival, seems to always be smiling, as do most of the performers and staff for that matter. The circus arts keep you young at heart./ Photo Credit: Meredith Mullins

The festival (now in its 37th year) is an international juried competition. But, more than that, it is about young talent (under 26) and the future of the circus arts—a celebration of the innovative interweaving of skill, strength, artistry, grace, risk, and heart. And everyone seems to have a good time.

Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain
Master of Cermonies Calixte de Nigremont is indeed a master… of words and ad libs during each set change./ Photo Credit: Meredith Mullins

The performers present their act twice and are judged by a 10-member jury, all prestigious directors from schools and circuses around the world. Points are given for technique/technical difficulty, artistry, and rapport with the audience.

Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain
There is no fear of flying here. A member of The Heros from Russia./ Photo Credit: Meredith Mullins

On Sunday, the awards will be announced and the medal winners will perform one more time for the enthusiastic audience.

This four-day festival is one of my favorite events in Paris. True, as I watch the performances, my muscles tighten and my back aches in sympathy. I cringe when the contortionist contorts in unimaginable ways.

Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain
Strength and grace and smoke from Younes Es-Safy from Morocco, as he hangs by a strap.
Photo Credit: Meredith Mullins

But most of all I am inspired by the grace and skill (and abs) of these talented performers of the future. They have heart. And their passion and joy are contagious.

Vive le cirque!

Remaining festival performances are Saturday afternoon and evening and Sunday afternoon at the Cirque Phenix in the Bois de Vincennes. Tickets are available. Visit the festival website for more information.

Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain
Akira Fukagawa from Japan focuses on the diabolos, waiting patiently for their descent./ Photo Credit: Meredith Mullins
Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain
A fusion of dislocation and dance from the performer Bonetics from the UK. Even he looks skeptical that a body can contort in this way./ Photo Credit: Meredith Mullins
Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain
Graceful flight from the Russian Troupe Skokov./ Photo Credit: Meredith Mullins
Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain
Victor Moiseev from Russia creates a mesmerizing parallel universe with horizontal juggling./ Photo Credit: Meredith Mullins
Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain
Trust your partner to keep his head about him. Duo Cardio (from France and Mexico) masters the perch./
Photo Credit: Meredith Mullins
Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain
Ever think you’re juggling too many things in your life? 3-J Drugs from the Ukraine has it down./
Photo Credit: Meredith Mullins
Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain
Andrey Moraru from the Ukraine blends strength, balance, dance, and artistry./
Photo Credit: Meredith Mullins

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