Chicago Circus Fest 2014: Cherepaka (The Death of a Turtle)

Chicago Circus Fest 2014: Cherepaka (The Death of a Turtle) – featuring Andréane Nadere Leclerc


Cherepaka (The Death of a Turtle) – featuring Andréane Nadere Leclerc

In the dead of winter, acrobats, directors and master teachers will pull their snow boots over their tights to bring Chicago the type of circus festival that the United States has been woefully lacking. 5 days of workshops, 4 days of full-length contemporary circus shows, and 2 late-night cabaret style performances, with the intent of creating a new and educated audience for circus in America. From solo clown shows to large scale ensemble-based spectacles, from the intimate to the outrageous, the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival will open eyes and blow the doors off the idea that the circus is a big-top, big-budget extravaganza.

NOTE: This performance takes place at Links Hall. Call the Athenaeum box office at 773-935-6875 and ask about CCCF passes! Performance lasts 50 miuntes; no intermission.

Inspired by Deleuze’s Logique de la sensation and Francis Bacon’s paintings, Cherepaka is a scenographic composition that explores the duality of eternity and death, and the human desire to live. This essay tries to go beyond the curiosity of contortion – to make this acrobatic language a physical one capable of stimulating the audience’s imagination. Contortionist Andréane began her circus career at nine years of age. Driven by a desire to harness contortion technique as a malleable material that is capable of generating a world of sensations and imagery beyond the spectacle, she now creates her own experimental and conceptual performances (Di(x)parue, Cherepaka, InSuccube). In 2013, she obtained a Master’s Degree in Theatre at UQAM. She is currently working on Eat Me (Tangente, 2014) and Whore of Babylon, a co-creation with the Tiger Lillies.