Hello friend of Acrobatic Conundrum! By now, it's likely you already know that we are headed off on a whirlwind adventure to Egypt. We don't leave until Saturday, October 17th, so in the meantime, allow me to catch you up on some details!
We were contacted earlier this year by a woman from the Backstreet Festival, which is a festival held in Egypt that started in 2012, and due to popularity and success, has continued to thrive and is now being held yearly in the city of Alexandria. It lasts one week and attracts circus companies from all over the world! From an information pamphlet about the festival:
"The Backstreet festival is an artistic, educational and exchange platform involving theatre and music performances, training opportunities for young artists as well as debates and discussions on art related themes." ... so cool, right? Additionally:
"It gathers local and international artists and participants to exchange experiences and create networks that could form the basis of future collaboration and interaction. ... The target audience of the festival is the Alexandrian community in particular and the Egyptian in a wider sense with a specific focus on youth, as they constitute the major part of the Egyptian society."
Conundrum is being invited as the only US circus company to perform among about 15 international circus companies. We are representing circus in America at this festival, friends... let's bring it!
A trailer for the festival showcasing all the companies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjqq9K_eJn0
We'll be bringing our tried-and-true show, 'The Language of Chance', but here's the catch: three of our regular cast are unavailable for this trip (which was finalized kiiiiiind of last minute ;) ). So! We are teaching our show to three new cast members and we are so delighted to have them: Anna Thomas-Henry, Jonathan Rose, and Zora Blade. All three of them have been previous cast members of Conundrum shows. We're in rehearsals every day until we leave. Of course it's a lot to learn, but we're having a lot of fun and I think I can speak for everyone when I say: HOLY CRAP WE'RE GOING TO EGYPT!
Alright... off to rehearse for the second time today! :)