When My Land, Recirquel’s 2018 premiere production written and directed by Bence Vági, the company’s founder and artistic director was presented in the program of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, critics and the profession started referring to it as a representation of a new genre in performing arts. The first seeds of ‘cirque danse’ a new-born vision of dance and acrobatic arts were already there in Non Solus, the duet show of Recirquel performed by a dancer and a circus artist, exploring the conflict between body and soul.
Dance communicates in a very delicate way. Acrobatics and circus on the other hand have a very different, a rather rough way of communication: that moment of surprise taking our breath away when we experience the existence of the superhero for real. Merging these two, the poetic delicacy represented by dance and the enchantment quality of acrobatics is the foundation of the new genre ‘cirque danse’. It is a novel form of theatre, a new way of expression for the storytellers of art.
Creating a New Genre:
The creative vision of an artist combines an extreme diverse range of inspirations: childhood memories, coming-of-age experiences, emotional and intellectual influences… For Bence, circus has been one of those ever present, but never consciously noted influences. At least for several years. With the creation of Recirquel, this influence has emerged to the surface to become one with Bence’s contemporary and classical dance training.
“I could never give up on that quality of dance, it’s ability to communicate about anything and everything through its abstracting power”.