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24th Edition of Arts Alive  -  City of Joburg

1 to 25 September 2016

18 September


The Mandela at Joburg Theatre


In Reunion Creole, La pli i donn is an expression which means 'it's pouring with rain'.

La Pli I Donn builds on the experience and encounters brought about during Cirquons Flex's travels and residencies in India, Madagascar and South Africa during these past two years.

This project subscribes to a desire to examine in depth and open up a dialogue that is endemic to Reunion Island, by developing an intercultural exchange around the diversities of the Indian Ocean region, with a script nourished by the particularities of the circus. The show brings together four acrobats from Reunion Island, Madagascar and South Africa – territories which are close geographically yet each rich in their own influences and characteristics.

La Pli I Donn is a show using various mediums, mixing circus performance, music, sound and visual recordings, multilingual texts and traditional and fusional dances. The show addresses the themes of encounters, exchanges and ecological issues. La Pli I Donn integrates the disciplines of each of its performers. We find the Gumboots dance of South Africa, Fonnkers (texts in Reunion Creole), aerial and ground based acrobatics, and a representation of a Madagascan funeral ceremony - the 'Famadihana'.

For the stage direction, we called upon Christophe Rulhes of the GdRA, performer, musician and ethnologist who also considers the question of intercultural communication.

Cirquons Flex company, the endemic circus of Reunion island

Cirquons Flex is supported by the Indian Ocean Department of Cultural Affairs (DAC) and the Ministry of Culture and Communication. The company was created in Reunion Island in October 2007, following the meeting of two circus artistes : Virginie Le Flaouter (National Circus School of Montreal, Canada) and Vincent Maillot (self-trained). Together they found an approach, a direction, and progressively built the foundations for an artistic world where music and the merging of various disciplines play important roles. Since 2011 and the creation of its third show Dobout An Bout, the company has embarked on a cycle dedicated to finding and building an artistic language of the circus which is endemic to Reunion Island.

Tickets are available by visiting www.joburgtheatre.com or calling 0861 670 670, as well as through Webtickets.