The Circus Festival Where All Ends Meet

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The Circus Festival Where All Ends Meet

Already in its 5th edition, the St. John’s International Circus Fest provides a meeting point for far-reaching views and different forms of circus to connect in Newfoundland. Pascal Jacob reviews the art and thoughts on display at this year’s event.
Do you know about St. John’s? This unique city, the capital of the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, is anchored on an island at the end of the world. For five years, it has also been the sumptuous setting of the St. John’s International Circus Fest: a circus festival like no other, produced by Wonderbolt Productions, a circus company founded in 1982 which traveled by boat to enchant the most remote communities in Newfoundland. And this year, as Wonderbolt celebrates its 40th anniversary, the fifth edition of the festival makes for a beautiful tribute to all those who animate it and carry far the infinite colors of today’s circus. There is something very logical about this joyful and yet very serious establishment of entertainers from all four corners of the planet, in the heart of a powerful place between sky and sea. Newfoundland is like a symbolic landmark–a natural confluence point betwe...
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Pascal Jacob

After completing university studies in performing arts at Université de Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle, Pascal Jacob, over the course of ten years, developed a career as associate director for the opera. He then concentrated on costume and set design and artistic direction. The circus has long been a passion and his interest for this singular form of live performance has led him to create costumes most notably Rainforest and Living Carousel for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, Salto Natale for Rolf Knie, Au pays des clowns for Cirque Phénix. He also created the costumes and the set designs of Barnum’s Kaleidoscape for Feld Entertainment as well as those of India for Prime Time Entertainment. Of late, working as an artistic scout and creative director, he contributed to the development of several projects for Dragone Entertainment Group. As such, he was artistic director and production designer for Odyseo, the Chemistry of Dreams celebrating the 150 years of the Solvay group, and for the Dai Show for Dragone Entertainment Group in Xishuangbanna in China. Last year, he was involved as production designer and artistic director for the creation of Era The Spirit of Shanghai in the Shanghai Circus World permanent building. Alongside his work in design, Pascal acts as art consultant for the Européenne de Spectacles, artistic director for Cirque Phénix as well as for the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain. He is also lecturer in the history of the circus for the Montreal National Circus School and the Fratellini Academy in Saint-Denis. By tirelessly collecting all things pertaining to the circus arts through the ages, he has worked as exhibition curator for many museums in Europe and in America, collaborating with many institutions such as the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Tohu in Montréal. He has published more than forty books as well as numerous articles dedicated to the circus, the zoo, and the opera, he also lectures on these topics. He was born, lives and works notably in Paris.