As the organizers and fans of Sziget Festival keep reminding us, the event is not just a music festival. Aside from its musicians and DJs performing and mixing on its various stages, each year it invites a series of circus and theater acts to keep the Sziget spirit alive. This year, the lineup of these acts is quite impressive, gathering performers and artists from all over the world.
Sziget 2017 circus and theater acts
Animal Religion: Indomador (Spain)
In Indomador, the main character Quim discovers his animal instinct and transforms the stage into an “animalarium”. The show mixes acrobatics and transgenic bodies with ritual dances and a series of other surprising things on stage.
CCN Créteil et Val-de-Marne / Cie Käfig: Pixel (France)
A performance that fuses dance and interactive video, the real world and the digital one in an amazing adventure where different worlds collide.
Cirque Alfonse: Barbu (Canada)
A taste of the Montréal circus from the turn of the (last) century mixed with the tunes of electro-trad music.
Halfway between Heaven and Hell, there is a place called Limbo, where – apparently – the souls stop for one last party before ascending (or descending). At least this is what this crazy mix of cabaret, acrobatics, and circus suggests.
Machine du Cirque (Canada)
Machine du Cirque tells the story of five boys who think they are left alone in the world and leave on a journey to find company. They are quite easily distracted, though…
Mr. Banana Show: Banan’o’Rama (Canada)
An interactive one-man comedy show by Pierrick St-Pierre, AKA Mr. Banana.
Compagnie Dyptik: D-Construction (France)
A powerful hip-hop stage performance with an oriental spin on the sound, featuring six dancers and a scaffold that has an important part in the show.
Compagnie 7273: Tarab (Switzerland)
A performance featuring ten dancers focusing on the unity of humanity, with an oriental twist on different musical styles, like funk, R&B, and rock.
Cie Thor: Anima Ardens (Belgium)
Another dance performance, this time featuring 11 dancers moving in harmony under the spell of complete nudity.
Sharon Fridman: Hasta dónde? (Spain)
A contemporary dance duet featuring Richard Mascherin, Beñat Urretabizkaia, choreographed by Israeli artist Sharon Fridman. (The video is from one of his older works, Carlos & Me)
Timothy and the Things: Waiting for Schrödinger (Hungary)
An on-stage dance performance inspired by Schrödinger’s famous thought experiment involving a cat, choreographed by László Fülöp, co-founder of the troupe.
SOHARÓZA: Taboo Collection by HALAS Dóra – NAGY Fruzsina (Hungary)
An artistic performance that fuses a fashion show with a musical performance. During the show – featuring 24 singing models – the artists try to focus the audience’s attention on sensitive topics like menstruation, selfie death, and others people usually don’t discuss at the dinner table.
Mumusic Circus: Amigoo (Spain)
A non-verbal, musical depiction of the life of a man and a woman, featuring dance, acrobatics, delirium, and disparateness.
Cie Diagn’Art: Banlieue (Senegal)
Dance performance inspired by the childhood of dancer/choreographer Alioune Diagne who grew up in the banlieues (outskirts) of a Senegalese city. (The video shows one of the troupe’s 2013 performances)
Molnár Csaba/ Lander Patrick: Bewitched Love / OHM (Hungary / Portugal)
Bewitched Love uniquely combines dance and text with the sole purpose of entertaining the audience. OHM, in turn, asks the audience to partake in a ritual which nobody knows where will lead.
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Liesel Zink: The Stance (Australia)
Hungarian and Australian dancers will perform The Stance, this political and physically demanding act of self-expression.
The Black Blues Brothers (Kenya)
Blues, tricks, acrobatics, circus, entertainment, and some more blues.