Artistic Director: Kristian Kristof Chats About Flying Circus in Hungary

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Meet the Artistic Director: Kristian Kristof Chats About Flying Circus

At the last show of Flying Circus, I met with Kristian Kristof at Capital Circus of Budapest (Fővárosi Nagycirkusz). Kristof is the artistic director of The Flying Circus show and is known for his work as choreographer for the Disney movie Dumbo and also for his cigar box juggling act as a gentleman juggler, included in the Book of Guinness Records. We met to talk about the show and about his experience as artistic director. Flying Circus ran for over 22 weeks, with about 140 shows, 1500 spectators per show and more than 140 thousands spectators total. It was a huge success for the Fővárosi Nagycirkusz and for Kristian Kristof. He grew up in the classical circus world and was the artistic director of the International Circus Festival of Budapest at the Capital Circus of Budapest from 1996 to 2016.
Kristian Kristof in his juggling role I met Kristof for the interview at the Capital Circus of Budapest. It was so beautiful to be in a stable circus in a city, so alive and full of people. I have not seen many cities that have a circus building and that can be proud of an old circus tradition. Kristof showed me the backstage area, where the artists live during the months of the show as they prepare for the stage. Behind the scenes, Kristian introduced me also to some performers from the show, and I had the opportunity to talk with the most important characters of the Flying Circus: Fumagalli and Daniel Golla. Irene Pepe: How did you start working as a circus show director?  ...
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Irene Pepe

Irene Pepe is a photographer and communications manager in love with circus. She currently works as AdSales communications manager for CircusTalk and sometimes as a writer. Originally from Italy, she lived in NYC, Malta, the Netherlands and in some other places in Europe before moving to Budapest, where she is based. Her love for circus started in Turin thanks to the vivid contemporary circus scene of the city, where she also started working as a photographer and communications consultant for circus companies.