The Contemporary Circus and Street Art Festival RE RIGA! will take place in various places in Riga this year. On August 15–16, the Riga City Festival programme includes contemporary circus and street shows, as well as activities of the Riga Circus School for children in Dzegužkalns. On August 17–20, the festival will offer shows in the centre of Riga – at the Riga Circus and its neighbourhood, in the K. K. fon Sticka Villa and elsewhere.
Most shows are intended to be displayed in the urban environment, adapted to the chosen location. Site-specific shows have a lasting impact on the audience because the show is designed to respect the specific environment and allows the audience to feel like part of the artwork. In addition, it is an opportunity to see how the city is changing under the influence of the artist.
One of the productions – a parkour show Follow Me by the Belgian company Be Flat will take place over viewers’ heads – at rooftop level. Artists will invite the audience on an acrobatic parkour journey through the urban environment – from the noisy Merķeļa Street through the Riga Circus to the peaceful Alfrēda Kalniņa Street and further through the courtyards to Elizabetes Street. The content of each show will be largely determined by the specific route that Be Flat will choose, so each show will be unique by its nature.
The circus company Amer i Àfrica (Catalonia) will present the show Envà, in which two characters will demonstrate the peculiarities of human relationships by using hand to hand acrobatic and movement theatre, slightly involving also the audience.
The Riga City Festival will feature clown Murmuyo, who has already performed in Riga. This time, he will offer the Su-Ceco Taladro show, where he will turn to traffic regulation issues.
The festival programme also includes other visiting artists, including artists-in-residence of the Riga Circus Residency Programme. RE RIGA! offers both – free performances and shows with entrance tickets. Most festival shows (particularly those included in the Riga City Festival programme) are intended for family audiences – original, witty, and entertaining. Information about more precise program will be announced soon. Stay tuned!
All appropriate safety and sanitary measures will be followed during the shows.