History

Recirquel Company Budapest

Recirquel's first show, Night Circus, premiered in the spring of 2013 and was an overnight success. The company not only attracted appreciative audiences, but also gained practical support from Hungary's leading cultural institution, the Palace of Arts – Müpa Budapest. Csaba Káel, Müpa's CEO, played an important role in providing a home for the new circus in an institute that was best known for hosting performances of classical, jazz and world music, and dance. The company has presented all its subsequent productions at the venue.

In the spring of 2014, The Naked Clown, Recirquel's second show, premiered at the Budapest Spring Festival. The same year the company realised its third production, Paris de Nuit, bringing to life the artistic work of the famous Hungarian photographer Brassaï, who captured the decadent, yet enchanting nights of the 1930's Paris.

In 2015 Bence Vági created Non Solus, a unique blend of dance and circus wrapped in the world spun full of illusions with two performers, telling the story of two humans finding one another, and exploring the innermost depths of imagination. With the creation of Non Solus the company, for which crossings over the genres of circus, dance and theatre had always been in the focus, turned towards an even more ground-breaking form of theatrical expression creating a new genre, ‘cirque danse’. My Land, conceived in 2018 represents the next milestone in this pioneering process. The moving new piece exploring humanity’s roots – the eternal inheritance of humankind and earth premiered at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018, and was the best-rated show by critics among the productions of the entire Edinburgh International Festival.

The seeds of the ‘cirque danse’ genre can also be found in the till now largest scale production directed and choreographed by Bence Vági, the Closing Ceremony of the 17th FINA World Aquatics Championships hosted by Budapest in 2017. The show, based on Hungary’s most ancient legend, The Golden Stag, united two hundred circus artists representing the highest quality in their genre and some of the finest contemporary dancers from all over the world.