Country France

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Duration 70 minutes

Language Non verbal

The classic concert this surprising duo put on is peppered with jokes and twists and turns. A lovely experience!

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A pair of musicians and clowns appear on stage: she’s a violinist dressed in red and with an over-the-top wig; he plays the tuba, has a clown’s nose and a black cap. This is how a kind of nonsensical courtship starts, with her playing Bach, Vivaldi and Strauss in impossible positions – on her head, sitting on her suitor’s shoulders, doing the splits – while he tries to make her fall in love with him by spinning her around and making her leap and fly. Pantomime, acrobatics, theater and music help this French duo create a moving, dazzling and nimble show, in which clowns get a new status: more than making us laugh, they create ‘poetry in action’, using universal methods like music and the body’s movements. Les Rois Vagabondes, winners of the Festival d’Avignon’s Off Audience Award, perfectly embody what French critic and poet André Suarès once said: "Clown art goes a lot further than you’d think. They’re not tragic or comic. They’re the comical reflection of tragedy and the tragic reflection of comedy".

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Company

Les Rois Vagabonds

Les Rois Vagabonds is a French company that is the result of Julia Moa Caprez and Igor Sellem joining forces. This duo’s eclectic pasts, covering acrobatics to music and everything in between, including dance and mime, led to a shared desire to explore the world of clowns. They have been working with a universal style, without words, since 2008. They identify with a long line of legendary clowns, such as Grock, Buffo and Slava, who aimed to create shows that evolved as their careers progressed.

Dirección

Igor Sellem

(Uruguay)

Igor Sellem is a clown, acrobat and trumpet player. After studying mountaineering and spending 10 years travelling through France as a trumpet player and acrobat with the Erectus company, he began exploring clown art with Yvo Mentems and Caroline Obin, two heavyweights on the European clown scene. He founded the Les Rois Vagabondes, with whom he has travelled the world, with Julia Moa Caprez.

Dirección

Julia Caprez

(France)

Julia Caprez is a violin player, acrobat and clown. After studying dance theater at the AHK College in Amsterdam and at the Buenos Aires and San Francisco circus schools, she joined street theater, cabaret and circus and dance companies. Inspired by the teachings of Jeff Raz, Yvo Mentens and Caroline Obin, she created Les Rois Vagabondes with Igor Sellem, a company that has performed at important venues worldwide.

Created and directed by Julia Caprez, Igor Sellem | Cast Julia Caprez, Igor Sellem | Producer and stage technician Luis Musetti | Lights and sound Sacha Pinget or Florian Euvrard | Produced by Les Rois Vagabonds | Sponsored by the Franco Condado region, the French area of Jura and the Municipality of Chaux des Crotenay.

  • Concert pour deux clowns has received rave reviews from both critics and audiences alike wherever it’s been performed: Barcelona, Kiev, New Delhi, Quito, Buenos Aires, Marseilles, and Paris, to name just a few cities. More than 600 shows worldwide and the Festival d’Avignon Off’s Audience Award endorse the success of Les Rois Vagabondes’ approach.

  • The French duo has an approach that goes beyond entertainment or comedy: Concert pour deux clowns is both happy and funny but also an exploration of human emotions and reality, in true clown style. “Cheerful and then cautious, clowns hold a mirror up to all of us, as contemporary witnesses to our cultural memory and the past, showing us the abyss but protecting us by preventing us from falling in”, says cultural historian Constantin von Barloewen.

  • Live music by Strauss, Vivaldi and Bach is an essential part of the piece. “Our passion for classical music provided us with a simple excuse to take to the stage: to give a concert. The simplicity of this allows us to give free reign to our imagination”, explain the directors, actors and creators.

  • The spectators are the play’s driving force and also take part in its creation. “From the very moment we were writing our show, the audience has been right there, accompanying us and guiding us as the driving force behind some of our actions. Each night, a new love story is written with the spectators - an invitation to recognize our own reflection in the other”, confirm Caprez and Sellem.
  • Clowns. Clown art is both ancient and universal. In the words of Marcelo Katz, the Argentine actor, director, clown and teacher, "clowns make us laugh with their take on the world and their attempts to get over their failures. The clown technique is profound, crazy and unexpected”, he confirms. As far as what distinguishes clowns from simple buffoons, he explains that “the biggest technical difference is that the buffoon works using archetypes of what is universally ridiculous (for example, tripping over), while the clown works with and puts things together using his own fears, dreams and obsessions”.

  • Physical theater. This is the name given to a type of theater based on the body’s expressive and communicative abilities, in performances whose aim is to tell a story mainly through bodily movements. It has its roots in Noh Japanese theater, in renaissance comedy, in certain branches of Asian theater and in mime and its modern version is normally said to have originated in the first half of the twentieth century.

  • New circus. Also called contemporary circus or nouveau cirque, this is a performing arts genre that has been developed since the second half of the twentieth century onwards. Among other things, it is characterized by having a story at its heart, which is narrated using different circus skills and disciplines. The focus is on creating an esthetic impact and a performance that tells the story, sometimes using theatrical techniques.

«In this show, Les Rois Vagabonds transform the classical image of a clown and give it a greater significance, with beautiful poetic touches and an exuberance that is contagious»

Télérama

«Funny and moving (...) a duo full of poetry and finesse, plus a musical and bodily score of a very high standard»

—France 3

«Behind this flippancy hides the intensity of true professionals; a real joy, to be watched unabashedly in these times of austerity»

—Festival Avignon OFF

The classic concert this surprising duo put on is peppered with jokes and twists and turns. A lovely experience!

Télérama

«In this show, Les Rois Vagabonds transform the classical image of a clown and give it a greater significance, with beautiful poetic touches and an exuberance that is contagious»

Télérama

«Funny and moving (...) a duo full of poetry and finesse, plus a musical and bodily score of a very high standard»

—France 3

«Behind this flippancy hides the intensity of true professionals; a real joy, to be watched unabashedly in these times of austerity»

—Festival Avignon OFF

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