Juggling acts tell Elephant’s Journey

by Síona Carroll

Síona@limerickpost.ie

The legendary elephant Solomon was a wedding present from the King of Portugal to Archduke Maximilian, walked from Lisbon to Vienna in 1551. This journey made literary gold as 'The Elephant's Tale'
The legendary elephant Solomon was a wedding present from the King of Portugal to Archduke Maximilian, walked from Lisbon to Vienna in 1551. This journey made literary gold as ‘The Elephant’s Journey’

 

BIANCO, the  enchanting contemporary circus from NOFIT State Circus, is making its international premier of this year’s production in Limerick this June.This circus without animals is all about impressive stunts framing an emotional narrative – performances from acrobats, jugglers and trapeze artists on a grand scale.

Based on the book, ‘The Elephant’s Journey’ by Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramango, BIANCO tells the story of lost selves, wishes and desires.

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Hugo Oliveira plays the role of the storyteller whilst showcasing his profound juggling talents. He told Limerick Post that he has been mastering the art of juggling for over 18 years now. “I discovered juggling when I was 16, I was at my friend’s house watching him juggle when he threw me the ball and straight away I became obsessive about it. I kept wanting to move forward and discover new patterns and different routines.”

It wasn’t long before the Portuguese native moved to England to study the Arts and further his career: “I began attending classes on circus training, mime workshops, art theatre and stage design.”

Oliviera, who has created his own solo show called ‘The Fridge’, heard about the audition for BIANCO three years ago and has perfomed with them ever since. “My main act is quite minimalistic, I am sitting on a chair with just a piano in the background. It is very simple compared to most of the other acts. The focus is around the art of juggling and text – it last for roughly minutes six minutes.”

BIANCO will take place at different times in Culture Factory, Plassey from June 14 – 22. Tickets are available from www.limetreetheatre.com and are €22.50 each, standing only; over 8s to 80s.

 We can also  expect the Culture Factory village scene of artisan foods, beverage and music to complement the show.

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