contemporary circus company

Recirquel Company

Since its foundation five years ago, Recirquel Company Budapest with the leading of its founder and artistic director Bence Vági has toured to several places around Hungary and the world. Vági's aim was to develop a unique, permissive expression of Eastern–Central Europe's cultural heritage that would narrow the distance between physical theatre, dance and circus – and to introduce this new genre of contemporary circus to the world.

In 2012 Bence Vági invited 11 young and talented acrobats from Hungary’s circus art school to create a performance for the 20th anniversary of Sziget Festival.

After the success of this first show, the young company attracted appreciative audiences and was invited by Müpa Budapest, Palace of Arts and the Budapest Spring Festival to realise the company’s first contemporary circus production designed for a theatre stage. The creation of ’Night Circus’ was followed by other successful Recirquel productions: the premiere of The Naked Clown at the Budapest Spring Festival 2014, ’Paris de Nuit’ in the autumn of the same year, ’Non Solus’ at the Budapest Autumn Festival in 2015 and finally ’Adieu!’ in 2017.

Since the successful premiere of Hungary’s first contemporary circus production until nowadays all five Recirquel productions have remained in the repertory of Müpa Budapest, and run with full house over the year.

Throughout its international tours, Recirquel performed at numerous prestigous venues such as the Tel-Aviv Opera, the Palais des Festival et des Congrés of Cannes or the Columbian Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogotá, one of the world’s largest performing arts festivals.

Last autumn the company had the exceptional honour to open the 2016/2017 season of the famous La TOHU in Montréal, ’the homeland’ of contemporary circus, with Night Circus.

Finally, Recirquel closed the season with the realisation of two remarkable projects. Bence Vági was invited to direct the Closing Ceremony of the 17th FINA World Aquatics Championships hosted by Budapest in the country’s largest Arena. The show, based on Hungary’s most ancient legend, The Golden Stag, united two hundred circus artists and dancers from all over the world in the artistic concept of Bence Vági. Furthermore, the company received an invitation to perform Paris de Nuit with 22 shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Standing ovation and sold out shows – the way Recirquel celebrated the fifth anniversary of its foundation.