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Circus Baobab - the Legend of the Drummer Monkey

African Circus with acrobats, dancers and musicians

Pictures from their visit in Denmark 2004

photos in colour / black & white of the unique African Circus Baobab on stage , backstage and during rehearsals (the performers are not in full costumes on the photos from rehearsals). All photos are from Denmark, August 2004. Read the official press release of the show below and click on the photos to view full-size slideshow with the images.


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Thanks for kind assistance by the Fools 25 festival (KIT), producer Isabelle Sage and members of the troupe.


Circus Baobab

From the press release:

Directed by the legendary Archaos director Pierrot Bidon, this is an African extravaganza of uninhibited dancing, high risk acrobatics, amazing juggling and clowning to high energy traditional live West African music. With an extraordinary set of the Baobab Tree as the central feature of a show which literally explodes in a sensational finale which will light up all the open air amphitheatre of Hedeland.

Circus Baobab takes its power from the centuries-old traditions of Guinea, which give it a powerful and particular character. This ability to preserve its heritage, whilst gaining a foreign language, has generating a new writing style and a new aesthetic form.

Circus Baobab

The troupe is born from the Guinean National Center of Acrobatics and this will be their second visit in Denmark. A few years back they performed with the show "The Jumping Drums" (Les Tambours Sauteurs) . This time we will see the first and largest of their performances "The Legende of The Drummer Monkey" (La Légende du Singe Tambourinaire). The show is co-directed by Pierrot Bidon whom we have also seen several times in Denmark when he toured with the totally wild and amazing Circus Archaos in the early 90's.

The first show of Circus Baobab gets its inspiration from a guinean legend and relates the story of the men who stole the djembe from the drummer monkey." The Legend of the Drummer Monkey " illustrates the extraordinary energy of the guinean artists and their acrobatic potential, linked to dance and percussion. Their playful approach to the apprenticeship of circus techniques expresses perfectly the life and ingenuity of such an acquisition: "When you hear the call of the tom-tom, it starts to make you itch "




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