Prague’s annual festival of summer circus, Letní Letná, is one of the Czech capital’s most highly anticipated events. This year the festival, nearly three weeks of pageantry and performance, kicks off on the evening of August 14th (6 pm) with a dazzling highwire act: world-renowned tightrope walker Tatiana-Mosio Bongonga will cross a 350-meter tightrope 35 meters above the Vltava River.
Ms. Bongonga is part of the French ensemble Cie Basinga. She first wowed Czech audiences six years ago when she scaled the big top for the festival’s 10th anniversary.
This time, Bongonga’s “walk in the clouds” will stretch from the Faculty of Law, across the Vltava River to Letná Park, accompanied by live music.
The evening continues with several open-air shows at Letná. An acrobatic-dance show inspired by Shamanism and Shamanic mystique, a new street performance by a pair of young performers, Zuzana Drábová from Cink Cink Cirk and Jan Jirák from Feel The Universe Circus Company, and an informal performance by the Argentine-Spanish band La Orquesta at the festival bar are the evening’s highlights.
Cirque Alfons will return to Letní Letná with their bold novelty act, Tabarnak. The three acrobats from the Théâtre d’Un Jour captivated audiences in 2011 with their acrobatic performances, graceful pirouettes, and seemingly endless human pyramids. Soprano Julia Calbete accompanies the performance to lend it a whole new dimension.
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