Far from glitter, and performing on dirt, Cirque Aïtal is a couple: Victor and Kati. Lying on the ground, screaming and yelling for life, they melt with rhythms and dust, breathing gasoline, among dogs, shifting from laughter to tears, meeting death, always on the road, inside the car, sad, happy… Pour le meilleur et pour le pire
[For Better, for Worse] tells the story of two artists bathed in poetry, rock ‘n’ roll and humour. It is about living as a couple, and it strips circus lifestyle naked. While a car radio is playing, this couple shares their intimacy, their extraordinary relationship, with the audience. Doing hand-to-hand, astonishing acrobatics, Icarus games, aerial stunts, balancing acts and so on, Victor and Kati, present their own view of circus together on stage. Pour le meilleur et pour le pire is a strong and compelling circus performance, which promises to strike at the best and worst of human nature.
VICTOR CATHALA grew up practising high performance sports, but football and rugby were not enough for him. Interested in farming, he opted for the agricultural high school, which led him to circus and horse-acrobatics. Rural Victor went to Rosny and the CNAC and met Kati the alchemy of the strong and the thin one makes magic and beauty possible. Authentic and truthful, he works with Kati on the ferocity of reality.
KATI PIKKARAINEN is an acrobat and horseback performer that “fell into circus” at the age of eight. She studied at a circus school in Espoo in partnership with the Circus Grotesk of Saint Petersburg, and acquired excellent technical skills as well as the fantasy of letting go, corrosive humour and this inherent discrepancy that makes her timeless. The suburb school of Helsinki taught the talented and rigorous artist to be extremely demanding. As a child, she already participated in various shows across Europe and started her circus life early. She went to France at the age of 17, studied at the Rosny circus school, then at the CNAC where she met Victor an encounter that would change and join them for long.
2 — 3broadcastingFri — Sat(available on July 2 at 5:00pm)
France / Finland
Trengo - Festival de Circo do Porto
12€ (Rivoli) / 3.50€ (Online)
Streaming BOL Live streaming
(available on July 2 at 5:00pm until July 3 at 11:59pm)
Concept and performance Kati Pikkarainen & Victor Cathala
Artistical support Michel Cerda
Music Helmut Nünning
Lighting design Patrick Cathala
Costumes Odile Hautemulle
Construction and scenography Alexander Bügel
Circus consultant Jani Nuutinen
Sound and electronics Andreas Neresheimer
Tour producer Bérangère Gros