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10 August 2017

The Danish Circus Award 2017

The award ceremony took place on Wednesday 9 August in the fencing hall at the Circus Museum in Hvidovre, Copenhagen, with participation of the Danish Minister of Culture Mette Bock.

Before the award ceremony the young acrobats Alfred Hall Kriegbaum and Sonia Matos presented their excellent act. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press

The honorary award ("The Danish Circus Award") was given to Soren Ostergaard of Danish Zirkus Nemo. The award was handed over to Soren Ostergaard by the Danish Minister of Culture Mette Bock. Soren Ostegaard is a popular and well-known Danish actor and comedian. Since 1999 he has run Zirkus Nemo which is a combination of a circus and a comedy show. 

Soren Ostergaard and the Minister of Culture Mette Bock with the award: a painting by Viggo Salting. Photo: Jacob Boas Leitisstein

A talent award was given to the Danish Academy of Modern Circus in recognition of their talent for educating artists with skills that can be used both in contemporary circus and in the classical circus and at theatres.

An award for the best cicus act in Denmark in 2017 was given to the Belgium animal trainer Rafaela Honden for her beautiful act with 9 large Swiss sheepdogs. See tours in season 2017 with Circus Mascot.

Rafaela Honden. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press

The association of Danish circus owners’ chairman Martin Arli presented a new special effort award to former Minister of Culture Bertel Haarder. The award goes to the politician or public person who has done the most for circus in the past year. For many years the responsible ministry for circuses was the Ministry of Justice. This was unsatisfactorily for the circuses which wanted to have the Ministry of Culture as responsible as circuses just as theatre, ballet, opera, film and literature is part of culture. Several ministers rejected a request from the circuses to get the minister of culture as responsible. But in the spring 2016 Bertel Haarder, who at that time was minister of culture, with approval from the Danish Prime minister accepted the request and made the ministry of culture the responsible ministry for circuses.

Martin Arli and Bertel Haarder with the award: a small painting by Viggo Salting. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press

The chairman of the Danish Circus Award Jury Ole Simonsen completed the award ceremony by calling for three cheers for the Danish circuses. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press

The Danish Circus Award 2017 consisted of a painting created by painter Viggo Salting, accompanied by an amount of 10,000 DKK (approximately 1,350 Euro).

The talent award consisted of a diploma and a sum of 10,000 DKK.

The award for the best number of the year consisted of a diploma and an amount of 1,000 Euro.

The effort award consisted of a small painting of Viggo Salting.

Click here to see Jacob Boas Leitisstein’s photos from the award ceremony

From the left: the chairman of the jury Ole Simonsen, AMoC as winners of the talent award, represented by Alfred Hall Kriegbaum & Sonia Matos. Behind Sonia the jury member Pia Jette Hansen. Then Soren Ostergaard, the compere and jury member Jan Hertz, Rafaela Honden and Bertel Haarder. Photo: Rud Kofoed / Ajour Press

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6 August 2017

Circus Maximum 2017. In the last few weeks you have been able to see one of the best circus performances of the year, namely the performance of the Swedish Circus Maximum, in the southern part of Sweden. Above you can see Maximum's faithful, talented and sympathetic animal trainer Anton Frank with 5 beautiful white Arabs.

Maximum’s clown is, as in 2016, the poetic clown Francesco (Francis Brunard), who, also along with director Bengt Källquist, has put the performance in stage. Francesco opens the year's performance with an entrée from the back rows. Danish circus friends met Francesco in Circus Benneweis in 1995, 1996, 2004 and 2005.

Not many diabolo jugglers manage to have 4 diabolos running. But such does Georgio Hromadko. The Danes saw him in the Circus Arena in 2012. His face painting with black-eyed eyes with devilish spikes is a bit strange! The act would be more elegant with a less distinctive makeup!

Alexander Lichner does an excellent act in the swing trapeze. On the photo he hangs in one heel. His entrée begins with a short trick where he balances on a mouthpiece in a Washingtontrapeze. Impressive, but completely unrelated to the rest of the entrée which isn’t in Washington trapeze. I believe his act would look better if he skipped the Washington trapeze trick. Rumours say that the Danes can meet Alexander Lichner in Circus Arena next year.

Danes probably remember Duo Soly's elegant act from Zirkus Nemo 2017

Kimo shows "Egyptian dance". It has nothing to do with belly dance. He is spinning for a long time while he after the principle of the Russian Babushka dolls finds one round dish after another. The entrée concludes with spinning while he is wearing different types of luminous robes. He also runs around among the audience while he "spins" such a robe on a finger. An unusual act in a circus. A bit long-lasting according to my taste. But the audience loved it! So Kimo’s repeated calls for more applause were not necessary at all. By the way is it a bad habit that an artist again and again asks for applause!

Trio Alambria shows a traditional but nice high wire act

In addition to the artists mentioned the audience in this year's performance meets Ramon Maatz with a dog act which is clearly inspired by Wolfgang Lauenburger, and Diorios in their death globe. At the start of the season with 4 riders, but at least when I saw the performance in Limhamn only with 3 riders. Apart from horses Anton Frank also presents donkeys.

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5 August 2017

Festive 30th anniversary performance in Circus Flik-Flak. It was a beautiful and life-provoking performance, Odense's youth circus Flik-Flak presented Friday afternoon. As always at Flik-Flak, it was a varied and well-staged performance which the audience the packed tent rewarded with standing ovation. It is wonderful to see the enthusiasm of the young artists. As well as seeing that Flik-Flak maintains the principle that there must be room both for super talents as well for those are not that talented. The performance was accompanied by Flik-Flak's own big band, which by far is Denmark's best circus band.

Alderman Jane Jegind of the City Council of Odense Municipality welcomed the audience. To the right circus manager Tommy Hardam

Denmark's largest and best circus band: the Flik-Flak bigband with bandmaster Mette Toftdal. The music was arranged by Elsebeth T. Cohrt

Below a few photos from the premiere show.

   

   

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