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   15 may 2017

   CRISTINA GHINEA

David Dimitri, circus-man, at FITS 2017

We dedicate four festival days to one of the greatest circus artists in the world, David Dimitri, a practice which FITS is intending to carry out in the following years with similar companies. This is a gift from the festival to the community of Sibiu (and beyond), the first performance of this kind which takes place in a circus tent.

"Circus Man" is a contemporary circus show created and performed by a single artist, with no animals and no other stage support, an innovative combination of acrobatics, high wire, musical and trapeze moments. His performance can be regarded as the manifesto of an artist with the "talent of a mad man" (deemed so by the famous Maurice Béjart) who attempts to demonstrate the most daring of all circus performances.

The artist is a slack line acrobat internationally acclaimed for his unique performance style. A graduate of the Budapest Circus School and a former student of the prestigious Juilliard School of Dance, he has created actual wire dances that have been acclaimed in performance venues all around the world: Cirque du Soleil (Canada), Big Apple Circus (New York), Circus Knie (Switzerland) or the Metropolitan Opera.

David Dimitri speaks fondly about what he does and he is proud of the unique moments he shares with his audience: "I try to recreate a circus executed by one person only: which is me. Starting from the city I live in, I drive my big truck, I go to the town where I'm supposed to put my tent up and I start working. I'm the only performer and also the circus director, the musician, the technician and the maintenance guy... I am Circus-Man! I enjoy this autonomy, to not depend on anybody. This performance is a collection of everything that I've learned in the circus, of different acts that I had to adapt to be more theatrical. I love that I'm performing so close to the people, I speak to them through movement and I invite them into my world. You can create magic in this tent. It's always a challenge to walk on the high wire. It's like leaving my home and walking to the sky."

You can see the "Circus-Man" every day between 15-18 of June. The performances are scheduled as follows: Thursday, June 15, and Friday, June 16, at 7 PM; Saturday, June 17, at 1PM and 7PM and on Sunday, June 18, at 1PM.

All performances will be held at Baza Hipică Sibiu, Vasile Aaron Street no. 20.

Tickets cost 20 lei for adults and 10 lei for children. Thus, a family of four will not pay more than 60 lei to see one of the greatest circus performance creators in the world.

The FITS team would like to thank the management of Clubul Sportiv Municipal Sibiu for their availability and the openness they have shown towards hosting this project.

      © Martin Pelikan

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