Acts 2018



PSS PSS by Compagnia Baccalà 

Compagnia Baccalà was born from the union of Simone Fassari (him) and Camilla Pessi (her). They ran away from the circus they were in created Pss Pss and the rest is history. Poetic, surreal, ironic, acrobatic and infinitely enjoyable, in Pss Pss two modern-day clowns take to the stage, playing out their unique and hilarious pas de deux through the universal language of gesture and look. Without a single actual word being spoken, these two characters sweep us up in a timeless and award-winning performance with all the seriousness, innocence, and unkindness of being. Equally convincing in their dreamy silences as in their comic slapstick, Pss Pss has been performed over 600 times in over 50 countries and on all 5 continents to huge acclaim, winning 13 international prizes along the way. An hour of happiness not to be missed.
“Sometimes a show is such a total delight that it is hard to write about it without just gushing ‘See it, see it!’ – Pss Pss is such a show. See it, see it.”
– Total Theatre


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Yosuke Ikeda

Japanese artist Yosuke Ikeda presents a totally new style of performance blending together the elements of mime, magic and graphics to bring together an entertaining musical mix. A famous part including a cover of The Beatles classics “Hello, Goodbye” as you have never heard it before. As there is no speech featured in his show, it makes for an enjoyable experience for all ages and nationalities to enjoy. Ikeda has performed his act worldwide in many street festivals, comedy theaters and clubs around the world – blowing the audience’s minds each time. We’re looking forward to seeing him when he joins us in Tralee this November.




Cikada Circus


Acrobatic duo Ali Stanger & Henrik Gard have gone through countless hours of attempts, failures and achievements to create a mutual acrobatic language of finesse and honesty. A fun, thoughtful and humorous display of rich imagery and dynamic riveting movement.


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Pau Segalés (Barcelona, Catalunya)

Introduced to the world of magic when he was only 5 years old, Pau Segalés has since gone on to perform all over Europe including Spain, Italy, France, U.K., Ireland and more as well as performing as a volunteer artist in Lebanon for Palestinian refugee camps with the NGO Clowns Without Borders. In 2010, when he was 17, he won the second national prize in the Street Magic category in Almussafes in Spain. Aside from being a performer, Segalés also works as a promoter and artistic director of 4 festivals including Festival Faràndomus/Hors Lits Mollet, Festival Artistic Internacional L’Arlequí, El Pont Màgic de Bagà and Festival Moguda Escènica.


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Logy (MC)

Logy is the sharp dressed, bearded, multi manipulator and performer with over a decades worth of performing experience. Hailing from Belfast in Northern Ireland, he has performed in numerous countries worldwide as both a successful street and stage performer within comedy and circus. Outside of performing, Logy is also a teacher of circus skills, believing that these skills can be used to help people and help the world to be a better place.


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A catalan by adoption, but really a mixture of various nationalities who’s formation took place all over Europe. From clown to actor and from the circus to theatre director, Adrian Schvarzstein has experienced it all and with that a very energetic showman! After a spell with a Belgian circus, Schvarzstein began to create his first solo show titled “The Greenman” which caters for chaos, surprise and provocative innocence, these are some of the arms he has used to triumph in theatre and festivals all over the world from Ireland to Cameroon. Schvarzstein is no stranger to the festival having previously performed in Tralee alongside his group Kamchatka in 2016. We’re looking forward to his return to the town and showcasing his show “The Greenman” to the people of Kerry.


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Sagi Bracha

Born in 1999 in Israel was the beginnings for Sagi Bracha’s passion for stage, magic tricks, music, juggling and the circus. While his expertise lie in many places, his expertise lies primarily as a juggling artist when his interest began in 2013. Bracha showcases a number of talents within the juggling realm from modern to classic skills as well as carefully curated content for festivals and events. Bracha has performed worldwide, from events in his native country of Israel to the Netherlands, Switzerland and beyond. We cannot wait to see the immersive juggler take to the stage in Tralee this November.


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National Circus Festival Ireland 2018 – Performer and workshop teacher Angelique Ross

SPIT | Angelique Ross

Finding homes in caravans and big tops, Angelique Ross has toured internationally, with shows including NoFit State show “Bianco”. Ross will be bringing her solo show “SPIT” to National Circus Festival. A one-woman circus revenge show, “SPIT” is a stripped back showcase into the celebration of the fierce and wild. With relentlessly ferocious circus; tight wire, trapeze and tomatoes, expect to attack hard and spit back!

SPIT. A one woman Circus Revenge.
Brutality balanced by beauty.
Relentlessly ferocious circus.
Tight wire, trapeze and tomatoes.
Attack hard and spit back.


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Shakalak is the brainchild of poetician John Cummins and musician Fin Divilly. With a love for lyric and melody the driving force of their creativity, their journey from friends to forming a band happened instantly. Shakalak features John Cummins (former All-Ireland slam champion) on vocals, Fin Divilly on vocals and bass guitar, Johnathan Jude on electric guitar and David Meany on beats and keyboards.


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Mathieu Hedan

A graduate of College of Variety and Circus Arts – Kiev Circus School, Mathieu Hedan is accomplished in the world of Circus. Honing his skills in the area of equilibristics for the past decade, Hedan will be displaying his visual talent of handbalancing, where the story of his act he describes as a “rich, precarious, unpredictable sensation”.


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National Circus Festival Ireland 2018 – Acrobatics workshop teacher Bart Venne

Bart Venne (Acrobatics Teacher)

With acrobats for parents Bart has done acrobatics for as long as he can remember. He first performed at the age of 12 alongside his two brothers, winning the coveted first prize of three footballs. He began training under professional acrobatics trainers when he was 16. He has performed in various shows in the Netherlands, Germany, France, and more. His teaching ethos is that everyone should have fun. He finds it equally important to recognize what works in a trick, as well pointing out what could use a little ‘improvement’. Bart has an infectious joy in this practice. You will be exposed to new tricks and transitions you didn’t think possible. Teaching in Ireland for the 1st time, this is a chance to delve deep into your acrobatic potential.



National Circus Festival Ireland 2018 – Tumbling teacher Nat Whittingham

Nat Whittingham (Tumbling Teacher)

Nat Whittingham is an acrobat and circus artist, originally trained as a trampoline gymnast. He started out with Nofit State Circus at the age of 18 and toured internationally with their show Bianco. He is an ongoing teacher and collaborator with them. From 2014 he studied at L’ESAC in Brussels, specialising in Teeterboard, before heading to France and starting work with Compagnie Bivouac on their outdoor touring show A Corps Perdu. He has also worked extensively in the UK, with companies such as Upswing Aerial, Dot Comedy, and Pirates of the Carabina. He also Teaches with Fourth Monkey theatre Company and Holly Noble Dance.


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National Circus Festival Ireland 2018 – Performers Inferno Fireshow

Red in Green Fireshow (Featuring INFERNO)

INFERNO create performances that combine highly accomplished circus skills, theatre and fire manipulation. They focus on choreographic work that integrates characterisation into each unfolding performance. Inferno’s customised productions are also created by utilising a mixture of custom-made fire equipment and small pyrotechnics. This crossover of style and substance is what create their inspiring performances, and ensures that they connect with their audiences on many levels.

In order to create such a challenging spectacle, three of Ireland’s foremost fire performers came together: Ronan McLoughlin, Riuchi and Will Flanagan.

Enter the visionary realm of INFERNO.


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National Circus Festival Ireland 2018 – Performers Fidget Feet

Fidget Feet

We’re delighted to partner up once again with Fidget Feet and the Irish Aerial Creation Centre for our National Circus Festival! Fidget Feet have become a staple of our festival programme with their past workshops including Madam Silk, Wired and Free crane show.

Fidget Feet will once again be running their aerial workshops at the festival teaching and showcasing their knowledge and spellbinding expertise to all that attend (no beginners in Aerial)!


National Circus Festival Ireland 2018 – Performer George Orange

George Orange

Performance Artist, Circus Performer, Ex Drag Performer, Co-Creator of Mary Bijou Cabaret, Director and more are just a few strings to the bow of George Orange but his talents lie within his performances as a Clown.

Orange has been performing for over twenty years and a fan of collaboration in his work. Previously having collaborated with NoFit State Circus, Midnight Circus, Adrian Danzig,Wise Fool, National Theatre Wales and more. Aside from collaborating, Orange has created and performed in numerous shows including Man on the Moon, Mundo Parallo, “88”, Disarming America, Introducing The Moosen Men, Flower Thieves and more!


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National Circus Festival Ireland 2018 – Performers How to Square a Circle

How to Square a Circle

Aisling ni Cheallaigh and Ronan Brady explore the boundaries of the human body and mind. Accompanied by the music and soundscapes of Alma Kelliher, this show aims to both awe and intrigue.

Aisling Ní Cheallaigh is an Irish aerialist homegrown and hand reared by a conglomerate of companies and coaches including Fidget Feet Aerial Dance, Ether Productions and Taking Flight. She delights in flight and movement and while she specialises in aerial hoop she is also an expert dabbler in Rope, Fabric and Doubles Trapeze. Aisling has traveled far and wide performing with various companies and has so far landed in Australia, The US, Canada, Asia and Europe.


Ronan Brady is a physical performer, aerialist and hoop performer who is recognised internationally for his expertise with the Cyr wheel.



A brand new circus collective who have sprouted from the need of a ground based circus ensemble in Ireland.

Representing the new generation of Irish circus, come and watch their work in progress of their outdoor show featuring highly skilled acrobatics and manipulation by artists who have trained around the world and have come together to plant a new seed in the Irish circus scene.

Featuring: Henrik Gard, Ali Stanger, Aoife Raleigh, Jacob Anderson and Gracie Marshall.
Directed by: Paddy Waters
Produced by: Tony Noham
Music by: Edan Ray