In an environment of a fragile historical context and volatile circus life, Duel was questioning the importance and power of support, collaboration and collective work in contrast with the conflict and dissension that lead to separation and individualism.
With the use of partner acrobatics to search for sensation of simple things such as touch, push and jump, a moving environment was created where the focus was also on how each gesture was influencing the other, causing a chain reaction. Every little friction, slip or look mattered and created a new environment, at one moment full of support but at another full of clashes and rivalry.
This process was examining the phenomenon of dueling. THe performers were challenging each other and themselves by physical action, using their circus disciplines. At times they played against one another, at times they chose to play together. Their choices demanded sacrifices at the price of their honor. They were pursuing their goals but also accepting defeat.
The show Duel had its premiere on September 17th, 2021 in the CirkoBalkana tent.
The premier celebrated the long lasting cooperation with the French troupe “Un loup pour l`homme” as well as with the Croatian association “Cirkorama”.
The show was performed in Belgrade, Zagreb, Rijeka and Travnik.
April 11. Creil, France
April 22. “Peculiar Families Festival” Split, Croatia
June 24. “Bufeto festival”, Ljubljana, Slovenia
June 29. “Sibiu International Theatre Festival”, Sibiu, Romania
Disciplines: partner and aerial acrobatics
Authors and performers: Hristina Šormaz, Danka Sekulović, Nemanja Jovanović and Jelena Kalaica.
Coproduction: Cirkusfera – Serbia, Cirkorama – Croatia, Un loup pour l`homme – France
Artistic direction: Alexandre Fray, Špela Vodeb, Nikola Mijatović
Lighting design: Ana Pinter
Technical support: Milan Manić, Nikola Mijatović
Visual design: Marin Remić
Photo: Dragan Popović
The project was supported by: CirkoBalkana Festival, Teatroskop – Southeastern European Network for Performing Arts, Institute francais in Paris, Institute francais in Belgrade, Institute francais in Croatia, Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, Bitef Theater, Bitef Festival, KC Magacin and Circus Residential Network.