Be honest… what comes to mind if you hear or read the word “Circus”? If you’re like me, it’s probably mimes, terrifying clowns running around making small children and possibly some adults cry, and maybe animals who are likely treated… poorly when not in front of the crowd, am I right? Well, for the 16th year, Letní Letná has something a little different in mind.
From August 14th through September 1st, the 16th Annual International Festival of New Circus and Theater will present some incredible spectacle… and this year is set to be even more extraordinary. The event will kick off with a one of a kind performance that will blow your mind and, according to the presenters, push “the limits of the possible.”
You’ll want a good viewing spot as World Renowned tightrope walker Tatiana-Mosio Bongoga of the French troupe Cie Basinga will kick off the fest with an electrifying act of skill and balance… She’s going to walk the wire at a height of 35 meters (roughly 114 feet off the ground) from the Faculty of Law across the Vltava River to Letná Park(!)
This “Walk In The Sky” will be a total distance of 350 meters or nearly 1150 feet! Along the way she’ll be accompanied by live music to set the mood and, once she reaches the park, the event will officially open.
As if that weren’t enough, this years New Circus will feature a variety of open air shows and events including a dance/acrobatic performance by Blackout Paradox called Shamaniac (you can get a sneak preview on the site), and Zuzana Drábová (of Cink Cink Cirk) and Jan Jirák (of Teel the Universe Circus Company) performing their latest street show “Cink the Universe.” Look them up on YouTube… unusual stuff!
While some of the events may be a bit too intense (or esoteric) for children, Letní Letná also features special theatrical shows for the little ones, creative workshops, and even a day camp where kids (ages 6-15) can learn the basics of juggling, acting, art, and singing taught by experts. For younger kids, there’s a festival kindergarten led by expert instructors who will help your little ones prepare a show to be performed in public at the close of the festival! Don’t know about you but I’d have killed to do something like this as a kid.
Prices for individual performances vary (a few are free including Tatiana-Mosio Bongoga’s Walk In The Sky) and tickets will be available for purchase online soon or at festival box-offices during the event.
Since its creation Letní Letná has featured the most elite performers from around the world including Europe, Australia, Canada, Mexico and even Uruguay, and collectively over the past fifteen years, they have put on some 1,662 performances and seen their audience reach as many as 377,000 unique visitors. The program always offers the latest productions none of which have been performed before in the Czech Republic, so this really something you don’t want to miss!
I could go on about all of the unique offerings but there are too many to cover, so for more info on the event schedule, tickets, and prices visit letniletna.cz