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26 DICEMBRE 2019 | 06 GENNAIO 2020



Fool Immersion

XIX Edition
26/12/2019 >< 6/01/2020
Preview at the Festival 8/12/2019


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(attention this is not the complete program but only the part of paid shows that you can buy in advance)

With the High Patronage of the European Parliament and the Patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations

Circumnavigando Festival proceeds with its research and vision of the contemporary circus world, getting to its XIX edition. Strongly tied to its hometown and period of the year, thanks to the Festival, Christmas in Genoa will abound with shows, and from Saint Stefano to Epiphany Eve (26th December 2019 – 6th January 2020), with a preview at the Festival on Immaculate Conception Day  (8th December 2019), this edition will feature 17 international companies, with a total of 32 shows in a 13 days period.

Contemporary circus will be the focus, in its multidisciplinary essence, through urban performance and theater, dance and comedy that will not fail to offer the audience – particularly in this edition – fun and laughter, between top quality performative sceneries. It is no coincidence that this year, the subtitle of the edition is “Fool Immersion”, a wide range of performances which will make room for the most diverse expression of different kinds of poetry and languages coming from various countries, in a real “immersion into foolishness”, where the term “foolishness” in its true meaning takes us away from judgment and, unable to adapt to daily normal living, it also makes us abandon rigid behavior and leads us into unexplored territories where we are free to live the experience that the Festival aims to provide.

There will be a circus tent at Porto Antico, at the center of Area Mandraccio, accompanied by theater dates in collaboration with Teatro Nazionale di Genova and Teatro sociale Camogli, and shows at Palazzo Ducale, as well as in the squares of cities that will host free open-air shows for everyone.

The countries that will be present will be – besides Italy, which holds an important place on the international scene – Germany, Catalonia / Spain, and France.

There will be 7 NATIONAL PREMIERES in this edition, and thanks to Genoa, Italy will have the opportunity to enjoy a primacy made of innovations, previews and interesting facts about circus art, which are the product of extensive artistic research that Sarabanda aims to offer, pursuing it throughout the year, thanks to an Artistic Director that has always been attentive and directly involved with international tendencies, often with the goal of being a discoverer and becoming a proponent of a national openness that facilitates the spreading of shows and top quality companies, with attention to youth and new creations, and to companies with the highest professional profile which will be present in the next program.

There will be a NEW YEAR’S show.  31st December will taste like fun thanks to circus mixed with emotion and charm. GALA Side Cirque & Guests will be staged, together with the My Laika / Side Kunst Cirque company and various artists that will get to Genoa for this event.

As usual, the evening will feature the final countdown and a drink with panettone and pandoro being offered to everybody.

The Critica e Visioni three-year project that started last year in collaboration with Sarabanda with its Circumnavigando Festival, and Teatro Akropolis with its festival Testimonianze Ricerca Azioni continues. During each event, two in-depth meetings open to the public will be held, one in November and one in December 2019.

Discounts for Coop Liguria partners, for art exhibitions patrons at Palazzo Ducale, as well as Acquario di Genova and TouringClub Italia are confirmed.

CIRCUMNAVIGANDO is supported by European Community / Project CircusNext Platform 2017/2020, Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Regione Liguria, Comune di Genova with Coop and Iren, Institut Ramon Llull, Compagnia di San Paolo, Porto Antico S.p.A., and Palazzo Ducale Fondazione per la Cultura as a very important technical sponsor. It cooperates with many local organizations, such as Teatro Nazionale di Genova, Teatro Sociale Camogli, Teatro Akropolis, Association Il Quadrifoglio, circus school SiRCUS Centro delle Arti del Circo.







The program begins with a preview at the Festival on the day of the Immaculate, December 8, 2019, with Gardi Hutter and a Clown show of international level entitled La Sarta. A female artist who for many years now has been present on the world scene, considered among the most important clown figures and a reference point for artists and actors from the traditional circus to the contemporary one.

The Festival will then take place from 26 December 2019 to 6 January 2020 with a calendar of shows that will touch many locations in the city in a panorama of activities open to all and welcoming citizens, tourists and professionals. Theatres, historical buildings, tents and squares of Genoa will host a total of 17 companies: GARDI HUTTER – Swiss, CARPA DIEM – Italy, MY LAIKA/SIDE KUNST CIRQUE – Italy, COMETA CIRCUS – Italy/Peru, COMPAGNIA ZEC – Italy, MUMUSIC CIRCUS – Catalonia SP, JOEL MARTÍ Y PABLO MOLINA – Catalonia SP, BORON/CALABRÒ/MADIA – Italy, LES COLPORTEURS – France, MARATONIA OLIVER – Catalonia SP, LA MECANICA – Catalonia SP, FABRIZIO ROSSELLI – Italy, VAQUES – Catalonia SP, NANI ROSSI – Italy, MANICOMICS – Italy, CIRCO PACCO – Italy, FAMIGLIA TOGNI – Italy, JURIY LONGHI – Italy, DUOLINDA – Italy.