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2017 Letní Letná Festival of New Circus Kicks Off

What can visitors look forward to at the 14th edition of Letní Letná, which gets underway on Thursday night?
 Letní Letná, which brings some of the world’s best contemporary circus acts to Prague, gets underway for the 14th time at the city’s Letná Plain on Thursday evening. Perhaps the biggest draw at this year’s edition of the three-week festival are Cirque Alfonse, a troupe from Quebec. When I spoke to Letní Letná manager Ivana Vrbíková, I first asked her what audiences could expect from their cabaret-style show Barbu.

“It’s new circus, of course, contemporary circus, so you should expect acrobatics and great live music.

“And what is amazing is that they are performing in a beautiful, beautiful wooden tent called Spiegeltent, which we have brought from Belgium.”

As well as Cirque Alfonse, who are some of the other interesting international performers at this year’s Letní Letná?

“It’s good you mention it, because Cirque Alfonse aren’t the only ones. We also have Collectif Malunés, from France and Belgium.

“And then we have a Spanish circus, from Catalonia, called Escarlata, while again, after three years comes Atelier Lefeuvre, from France.

“Atelier Lefeuvre have performed here three times and they were always sold out.

“So we have a very rich programme this year.

“What is very important to say is that tonight at 8:30 there is an open-air performance, for free, so people can come to get a taste of what contemporary circus is.

“For one week there was a huge workshop with NoFit State Circus and their director Firenza [Guidi].

“These guys have been practicing with Czech performers and groups and you can see the results of this amazing week-long workshop tonight.”

Link to Full Article and Audio at Radio Praha.

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