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Interview with Bence Vàgi

Interview with Bence Vàgi

Interview with Bence Vági, director and choreographer of Night Circus by Hungarian circus company Recirquel.

 

TOHU: What was your inspiration for Night Circus? Where did your big idea come from?

Bence Vági: Hungary has a big circus tradition, and our goal was to figure out how to move the traditional circus scene towards a more contemporary one. The show is called Cirkusz az éjszakában in Hungarian—which means “the circus in the night”—because the performance begins at night and, by the end, we’re reached the dawn of the performance. It’s a metaphor about transforming our circus culture into something new.

 

TOHU: Recirquel started with a really young group of performers. How does that set you apart from other troupes?

Bence Vági: Having a young troupe was a change that allowed us to renew the circus genre in our country—for us and for the next generation of circus artists. We wanted to open the door for the next generation to choose circus as an art form and not just a way to make money.

 

 

TOHU: Tell us a little about your success in Hungary. How did you go from a new company to a household name?

Bence Vági: Our success is based on not denying our circus culture, which has been around since the 1850s. We didn’t necessarily want to follow other contemporary circus cultures. We wanted to do our own thing and say “This is a contemporary Hungarian circus, and it doesn’t want to behave like other nation’s art forms.” Not out of disrespect, but in order to find our own language. At first the audience was skeptical, but we convinced them. We got standing ovations. You could tell that people liked it, because over the the next few days the box office would sell out.

 

 

TOHU: Your Montreal performance will be your first in Quebec. What are you looking forward to most?

Bence Vági: Many of our artists dreamed of going to Montreal when they started out—to stand on the stages where so many great circus performers have stood and represent your own circus culture, and to be with the most recognized contemporary circuses in the world. Having our Hungarian circus company in the new TOHU season is a big honour for us.

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Photo: Alexandre Galliez

TOHU : Tell us a little about your success in Hungary. How did you go from a new company to a household name?

Bence Vági :  Our success is based on not denying our circus culture, which has been around since the 1850s. We didn’t necessarily want to follow other contemporary circus cultures. We wanted to do our own thing and say “This is a contemporary Hungarian circus, and it doesn’t want to behave like other nation’s art forms.” Not out of disrespect, but in order to find our own language. At first the audience was skeptical, but we convinced them. We got standing ovations. You could tell that people liked it, because over the the next few days the box office would sell out.

TOHU: Your Montreal performance will be your first in Quebec. What are you looking forward to most?

Bence Vági : Many of our artists dreamed of going to Montreal when they started out—to stand on the stages where so many great circus performers have stood and represent your own circus culture, and to be with the most recognized contemporary circuses in the world. Having our Hungarian circus company in the new TOHU season is a big honour for us.

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Recirquel

Recirquel Company was founded in Budapest in 2012 by director and choreographer Bence Vági, who wanted to introduce a new genre of contemporary circus to the world. Recirquel’s other productions include Non Solus, Paris de Nuit and The Naked Clown.

 

Bence Vági

Bence began, at a young age, as a member of a pioneering dance community led by famous Hungarian choreographer and dancer Endre Jeszenszky. He went on to study at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts before creating independent productions that took him around the world. He eventually returned to Hungary and started Recirquel. Why the circus arts?  “It must have been all the weekends spent with my grandmother in the circus.”

Photos: Alexandre Galliez

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