Brazil is the first country in Latin America to host the largest and most important international circus festival in the world with dozens of artists of different nationalities competing. The 1st Cirque International Festival of Brazil Contest took place in São Paulo, May 2-6, with fierce competitions and absolute public success, about 15 thousand people in four days attended. The Gran Finale was on Sunday, May 6, with an awards ceremony inspired by the mega-event of Monaco, where it has happened for more than 40 years.
The Gold Trophy of the 1st Cirque International Festival of Brazil Contest went to the Xinjiang Troupe for their beautiful Swan Lake number. The three prizes of Silver Trophies were for Brazilians, who stood out with incredible spectacles. The winners were Pepe Jardim with Physical Comedy; Marcella Ribeiro and Olavo Rocha Muniz with Korean Port, and Alan Pagnota and Rafael Ferreira of the Double Hand on the Wheel.
The three Bronze nominees were: Hanna & Oleksandr of Ukraine, with the duo number Parshins; Evgeny Slepukhin from Russia, with Bamba Rope, and Ayasgaian, from Mongolia, with contortionism.
1st Cirque International Festival of Brazil Contest had performances by circus artists from Ukraine, Ethiopia, Argentina, Mongolia, Russia, Germany, China, Italy and Hungary. From Brazil, talents from São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Paraná, Bahia and Rio Grande do Sul participated.
The shows were unique and received a vote from the public, as well as jurors such as Eugene Chaplin, son of Charlie Chaplin who came from Switzerland,and…
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