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Compagnie Mpta

Shoreditch Town Hall

UK Premiere
Fri 12 - Sun 14 Jan
Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm

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60 mins / no interval
Age Guidance: 8+
£1.50 booking fee,
no fee in person 1 hour
before the performance
Tel: 020 7739 6176

Warning: This production
contains flashing lights

After-show discussion:
Sat 13 Jan

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Invented by Daniel Cyr of Canada’s Cirque Eloise at the end of the 20th century the Cyr wheel is one of the most spectacular and dangerous circus disciplines. Like the figure in Leonardo da Vinci’s famous drawing, the performer is contained in a slender steel hoop, arms and legs stretched taut, spinning like a gyroscope.

Trained at France’s top circus schools, Juan Ignacio Tula from Argentina and Swiss-born Stefan Kinsman who was raised in Costa Rica, are two brilliant Cyr wheel artists, who make thrilling theatre from their expertise.

Santa Madera (in Spanish – sacred wood) is inspired by indigenous South American rituals, with choreography that seems to hurl the artists through time and space, evoking the violence of combatants in a pagan power game. Whirling at the limits of control, they tell their story through amazing strength and agility, bravery and grace.

Santa Madera is the duo’s second production, created in 2017 under the guidance of acrobat/trampoline genius Mathurin Bolze, whose Mpta company has produced some of the festival’s most breath-taking shows of recent years including last year’s hit, Barons Perchés. It will leave you breathless.

"STUNNING" Read Matt Trueman's review >

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"A gorgeous offering, filled with lyricism and virtuosity"

Le Dauphiné Libéré


Compagnie MPTA


Presented in association with Shoreditch Town Hall
This visit to London is supported by the Institut français

By and with Juan Ignacio Tula & Stefan Kinsman
Artistic collaboration : Mathurin Bolze, Séverine Chavrier
Lighting design : Jérémie Cusenier
Sound design : Gildas Céleste
Costume design : Fabrice Ilia Leroy
Production: Compagnie Mpta / France
Le Sirque – Pôle National Cirque de Nexon Nouvelle Aquitaine,
Houdremont, scène conventionnée - La Courneuve (93),
MA scène Nationale – Pays de Montbéliard,
Pôle National des Arts du Cirque Méditerranée
en partenariat avec Le Bois de l’Aune – Aix en Provence,
Théâtre La Passerelle –
Scène Nationale de Gap et des Alpes du sud.

The Mpta company activities are supported by
the French Culture Ministry, Auvergne Rhône Alpes Region, City of Lyon