Nerves are on edge. The backstage fills up with the sound of advice, last minute hugs, calls to the family. Some artists go up to the dressing room to finish their make-up, while others keep warming up. The smell of popcorn starts to invade every inch of Teatro Circo Price. The stage, spotless, shows off its best lights, thanks to Cía La Luz. The circular stage with the predominant color of red everywhere moves us, creating the magic atmosphere of a circus. And just like that, after months of preparation, FIRCO, the Festival Iberoamericano de Circo, starts.
Between October 25th and 27th, 2019 the second FIRCO took place on the great stage of Teatro Circo Price in Madrid. The project was born in 2015 by Asociación Circontinentes with the aim to foster discussions, to integrate, to respect, to help and to motivate the circus sector with a focus on the Iberoamerican scene.
The whole team put their professionalism and love for circus in to generating a meeting among the circus agents in order for them to meet, connect and help each other. And they went beyond expectations. For one week, artists and organizations lived together between rehearsals and lights and sound checks, sharing their passion for this art. It is especially rewarding to witness the magic, team spirit and the friendships that evolve during these days. It wouldn’t have been possible without the human and professional team that organized this cozy gathering.
As a result of the team’s hard work, more than three thousand people could enjoy the festival, predicting a long path for FIRCO as an influential circus festival. The festival is divided into three galas: the two semi-finals (Gala A and Gala B) and the Final Gala, where awards are presented. This year’s jury was comprised of Kim Campbell (Circus Talk), María Folguera (Teatro Circo Price), José Manuel Cordero (Circuba), Leandro Mendoza (Trapezi), Vasily Protsenko (Escuela de Circo Carampa), Philippe Agogué (Cirque du Soleil) and Graziella Galán (circus artist).
Twenty five artists, ten nationalities and fourteen different circus disciplines represented the great variety of the Iberoamerican sector that could be enjoyed during the festival. The show was presided over by the actress Mariola Fuentes while Ombligo Orquestina accompanied with its live music. Each semi-final included eight performance proposals, plus the invited artists: The Kirn Compagnie.
The Gran Final
After the two competitive semi-finals, it was time for the Final Gala on Sunday. This time there were also eight companies, with seven having been selected by the jury and another one chosen by the audience with their votes during the first two galas.
- First Award: Cíe. Soralino (Brazil) – Box manipulation
- Second Award: Diego Salles (Brazil) – Aerial silks
- Third Award: Marco Motta (Brazil) – Straps
- Audience Award: Diego Salles (Brazil) – Aerial silks
- Circontinentes Award: Alba Moncayo (México) – Hair suspension
- Best Staging: Carola Serrano (Argentina) – Trapeze
- Cirque du Soleil Award for innovative artistic vision and performance: The Kirn Compagnie (Francia) – Acrobatics and Icarian Games
- Festival Circuba Award: Alba Moncayo (México) – Hair Suspension
- CircusTalk Critic’s Choice Award: Marco Motta (Brazil) – Straps
The last day of the festival is always really special. The end’s wistfulness mixes up with the happiness and the marvelous atmosphere in the air. However, there is no better way to end than to confirm the next edition, the third one, scheduled for the fall of 2020. Teatro Circo Price awaits your return to enjoy FIRCO!
All photos courtesy of Mai Ibargüen
Su actividad laboral le ha llevado a cubrir festivales como el “Festival Iberoamericano de Circo” (FIRCO), “Circo, Presente Continuo (el congreso y feria estatal de CircoRed; Federación de Asociaciones de Profesionales de Circo de España) o el festival de danza “Pies para qué los quiero” en lugares como el Teatro Circo Price de Madrid o el Teatro Principal de Zaragoza. Dentro de las ferias de COFAE (Coordinadora de Ferias de Artes Escénicas del Estado Español), recientemente se incorporó a la Feria Internacional de Teatro y Danza de Huesca el pasado mes de septiembre.
Mai Ibargüen discovered photography while studying graphic design. It becomes a vocation and part of her life. Passionate about performing arts, she decided to specialize and focus her work on that field. Looking for the essence of the movement, she photographs emotions beyond but in symbiosis with the technical excellence of every circus and dance discipline.
Her work activity brings her to collaborate with events like FIRCO (Festival Iberoamericano de Circo), Circo, Presente Continuo (national circus congress and fair of CircoRed, the Federation of Circus Professional Associations of Spain) or dance festivals like "Feet, What Do I Need You For?" in venues such as Teatro Circo Price in Madrid or Teatro Principal in Zaragoza. Last September, she became part of International Theatre and Dance Fair of Huesca within COFAE (Coordination of Performing Arts Fairs in Spain).