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December 2017 - January 2018
Eleusis 2021 European Capital of Culture, in collaboration with the French Institute of Athens, hosts for the first time in Greece the French Baraka Circus. The performances begin on December 16, 2017, will last until January 21, 2018, and are taking place in the area opposite to the premises of the Region of Western Attica on the Iroon Polytechniou street in Eleusis. (goo.gl/V4xFww)
Following shows in France and Italy, the “Baraka” performances are hosted in Eleusis and will continue their journey to Europe and the Mediterranean up to May 2018. The show includes two independent parts linked together with a single spectacle which uses elements of circus, dance, music and dramaturgy, physical theatre, aerial and terrestrial acrobatics, creating thus a road trip that passes through Mediterranean and Northern Europe.
Eleusis is inextricably linked, both in a symbolic and literal sense, with the grass-roots classes and the working class. Taking this particular position occupied by the city in the collective imaginary opinion as a starting point, Eleusis 2021 intends to focus on forms of popular theatre, which are not so widespread in Greece, such as the modern circus and the street theatre.
Through its interconnection with the contemporary European stage in the field of popular theatre, Eleusis 2021 aspires to introduce to the Greek public contemporary trends, practices and important relevant groups. Hosting the ‘Baraka’ circus for two months in Eleusis takes place within our focus on popular theatre.
Baraka: Crossing Europe and the Mediterranean (September 2017 – May 2018)
A team of 14 people (artists, technicians, directors, cooks, communication managers, etc.) travels across Europe and the Mediterranean, from the West to the East. Through its road trip, endowed with a spectacle and a tent, the community crosses borders, meets and communicates with different people from the Mediterranean and Europe.
In a vague, eternal, funny, poetic tent, two technicians, four acrobats, a dancer, a singer and a musician share the stage. In a deeply poetic and humorous way, they paint a fresco. With respect and hope, they invite us to face our rich and beautiful differences by painting a world message on the wall.
The thick wall separates, encloses, conceals. On the other hand, it protects. The Baraka performance questions our relations, our differences and the coexistence. The limits are as personal as universal, like the walls we build or destroy.
Earnings from the first show (Saturday, December 16) will be given to those affected by the recent devastating flood in West Attica.
Bares Thomas: Technical manager
Camporesi Tristan: Cook and Driver
Cluzaud Lise: Circus Artist
Costamagna Monica: Circus Artist
Delepelaire Eve: Communications officer
Donnat Nelly: Dancer
Farout Maxime: Technician and Driver
Ferron Hugo: Musician and dancer
Munoz Matias: Circus Artist
Renout Charlotte: Teacher
Ribière Paul: Producer
Vieillard Julien: Circus Artist
Production: Association La GNAC
Co-production: Centre Culturel Yves Furet (Espace de l’Ecluse) / Pôle régional Cirque Le Mans / Fabrique des Arts du Cirque et de l’Itinérance – La Grainerie / Lycée Professionnel Agricole de Lavaur-Flamarens / Nil Admirari et Nil Obstrat / Animakt – Lieu de fabrique pour les arts de la rue et de la piste / Théâtre Firmin Gémier La Piscine Pôle National Cirque d’Ile de France.
With the support of: Région Nouvelle Aquitaine / DGCA – Aide à l’itinérance (Ministère de la culture et de la communication) / ADAMI (Société civile pour l’administration des droits des artistes et musiciens interprètes).
Production: BARAKA, in collaboration with the French Institute of Athens and Eleusis 2021 European Capital of Culture.
Space: Tzaferi str. & Iroon Polytechniou str., Eleusis (in front of the Region of Western Attica).
The tent that hosts the show is heated and is protected in the event of rain.
€10 (general entrance), €8 (students, unemployed and disabled persons), €5 (children under 12 years old).
In January, performances will be held specifically for schools. For more information and reservations please call 210 553 7206, 693 688 7449 and 697 335 8588
Dates and time schedule:
Saturday 16 December, 20:30
Sunday 17 December, 19:00
Thursday 21 December, 20:30
Friday 22 December, 20:30
Saturday 23 December, 20:30
Wednesday 27 December, 20:30
Thursday 28 December, 20:30
Friday 29 December, 20:30
Saturday 30 December, 20:30
Wednesday 3 January, 20:30
Thursday 4 January, 20:30
Friday 5 January, 20:30
Saturday 6 January, 20:30
Friday 12 January, 20:30
Saturday 13 January, 20:30
Sunday 14 January, 19:00
The Baraka CABARET!
Friday 19 January, 20:30
Saturday 20 January, 20:30
Sunday 21 January, 19:00
For more information, visit cirquebaraka.com