International circus troupe in Viet Nam

Update: September, 01/2017 - 08:30
Spin me round: Circus performers in a gravity-defying stunt. — Photo courtesy of the Circus Federation
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Four scooters riding around a cage is one of the thrilling acts audiences will witness during a unique international circus programme in Hà Nội.

The Việt Nam Circus Federation will co-ordinate with the Happy Dream Circus Company from Japan to present a daily show in Hà Nội except on Mondays until December 1.

The troupe from Japan has gathered numerous talented artists from many countries around the world, including Venezuela, Argentina, Columbia, Mexico and Ecuador.

In one of the highlighted acts, performers will ride scooters around a cage. The drivers for this stunt are Bryan Zuniga, Aldo Romero, Dierce Reyes and De Paula Silva Josselio.

The event is expected to enhance cultural exchange and mutual understanding between the two peoples, contributing to tightening the co-operation between circus artists from Việt Nam and Japan, said Tạ Duy Ánh, director of the Việt Nam Circus Federation.

Audiences will have a chance to enjoy adventurous, attractive and artistic performances that have been honoured at many international circus festivals.

“It’s also an opportunity for Vietnamese circus actors to exchange and learn from international artists,” he said.

“International circus festivals have been organised in Việt Nam five times but they have only been a week long,” said Ánh.

“Now, we signed a contract with the troupe from Japan so the international circus artists will perform in Việt Nam for many months to meet audience demand.”

In Việt Nam, people often think that circus acts are just for children and their parents. Now with adventurous and thrilling acts, Ánh said the show was suitable for an audience of all ages, and he expected that the show would attract more young people.

Alan Martinez, manager of the Happy Dream company, said the actors hoped to bring exciting acts and thrilling stunts to a Vietnamese audience.

“We came to Việt Nam six months ago to survey the stage and practise with Vietnamese actors. We have brought all the equipment and props for the show from Japan.”

“Circus pieces express people’s physical strength and bravery,” said Martinez.

“We expect that we will enhance understanding and bridge cultures through the language of circus art.”

The show will be performed at the Việt Nam Central Circus, 67-69 Trần Nhân Tông Street, Hà Nội. Then it will be brought to other major provinces and cities around the country until April, next year. The ticket price ranges from VNĐ200,000 (US$9) to VNĐ350,000 ($15).

The event aims to mark the 45th anniversary of Việt Nam – Japan diplomatic ties (1973-2018) and celebrate Việt Nam’s National Day (September 2). — VNS





Ready to thrill: International artists from Japan’s Happy Dream Circus Company will perform in Việt Nam. — Photo courtesy of the Circus Federation