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Colosseum Christmas Circus is coming, with debuting numbers and a live orchestra

From December 11th to January 3rd, the families’ favorite show returns with the best artists and a live orchestra, to show the most fantastic circus arts.

To 2020 full of exceptions, Coliseu Porto Ageas responds with an exceptional Christmas Circus, reinventing a historic tradition. Two dozen performers, with absolute debut numbers of aerial acrobatics, illusionism, trapeze, clown, Chinese mast, tightrope, opposing forces, parkour and juggling, gather on a track with all the safety conditions for artists and the public.

Rui Paixão, the first Portuguese to join Cirque du Soleil as the original creator, will be the master of ceremonies, interconnecting all the numbers, creating a structure that dialogues, from the beginning to the end of the show, with the various traditional and contemporary techniques of the circus.

The Portuguese clown has built a new exclusive character for Circo do Coliseu, inspired by the mythological universe, and which intends to reinterpret and propose a contemporary vision of the clown mimo in the context of traditional circus.

In the acrobatics and vertical dance will be the Laboratory, led by Miguel Tira-Picos and João Pataco, the big winners of the Got Talent Portugal 2020 program, which will be joined by Mónica Alves and Bruno Miguel Rosa. They present two new numbers that will make our imagination soar.

Miguel Tira-Picos and João Pataco

Also on the heights will be Daniel Seabra, with an acrobatic and vertiginously risky number on the trapeze. Born in Porto, he has collaborated with companies like La Fura dels Baus and, with his work, he has traveled to more than 23 countries and four continents. It now makes its big debut at Circo do Coliseu.

Mixing reality and fiction before the public eye will be the illusionist Andrély, twice nominated by the Academy of Magical Arts in Hollywood, as magician of the year. Accompanied by the also magical Flávia Molina, this runner-up of Got Talent Portugal, born in Brazil, has performed in more than 40 countries and is now making his debut in one of the most important concert halls in Portugal.

Guinness world record holder for the projection of boomerangs, Danny Luftman presents a great juggling show. During his career he has performed at Cirque du Soleil, in numbers of tremendous energy and maximum emotion.

Dominating the Chinese mast will be Leonardo Ferreira, with a creation inspired by the figures and the reality of silent cinema. Based in France, he has gained notoriety as an acrobatic dancer. At the Coliseum, Leonardo proposes a moment where the circus domain merges with dance and cinematographic imagery.

Daniel Seabra (©SusanaChico)
Daniel Seabra (©SusanaChico)

Diana Niepce also brings the choreography to the Circus track, showing how physicality unites dance and acrobatics, in a duet of opposing forces and floor acrobatics. His performance arises from the encounter between fragility and strength, and reconstructs the broken pieces of the anatomy of love that exists in the fall. Graduated from the Escola Superior de Dança, and with collaborations in some of the most important companies in the world, she was never limited by the serious accident that, in 2016, she suffered during a number of trapeze.

This rejuvenated circus is complete with Team Braga’s parkour – five forces of nature that promise to cover the Colosseum from top to bottom with their somersaults -, with the aerial acrobatics of the company Teatro do Mar – which surprises with a staging in the heights where tightrope balancing meets vertical rope aerials – and, of course, the Luftman Clowns – a priceless trio of born comedians competing for the attention of the youngest.

One of the great news this year is the creation of the Circo Coliseu Porto Ageas Orchestra, conducted by conductor Cesário Costa, who will play an original soundtrack specially designed by the composer Filipe Raposo. Two formations, each with fifteen musicians, ensure the totality of the sessions, and the safety of the teams and the public.

In his first composition for a circus show, Filipe Raposo, pianist resident at Cinemateca Portuguesa and author of several soundtracks for cinema and theater, worked with each of the artists, creating a unique identity and a vibrant rhythm for a special show, where each technique participates in the magic of the Christmas circus, in homage to tradition and with eyes set on contemporaneity.

Tickets cost between €7 and €18. Children up to 3 years old have free entry. Young people up to 18 and over 65 have a 50% discount. This year the special family ticket was also created: the purchase of four tickets, offering the lowest value ticket.

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