Cirkus Younak

Can you create a monument to a folk hero through a mixture of contemporary circus, Slovakian folklore, acrobatics, theatre, live music and folk art? Yes you can, and indeed Cirkus Younak does it. Directed by Adrian Schvarzstein, here is a celebration of the life and work of Juraj Jánošíks who, like a kind of Slovakian Robin Hood, stole from the rich and gave to the poor more than 300 years ago. Even under torture, he never betrayed his comrades. Cirkus Younak deals with the emotions entrained in life stories like these: with the pursuit of freedom and justice, as well as wealth and fame; with love, guilt and punishment, portrayed acrobatically, loudly, and with great humour too. After all, hidden away somewhere in every one of us is at least some measure of heroism – even if it isn’t immediately evident in day-to-day life.

The Younak collective has trodden new ground in terms of contemporary circus in Slovakia and delivered great entertainment in its home country as a result. As members of Circostrada Networks, the European Platform for Street Art and Circus Arts Information and the Fresh Arts Coalition Europe, the artists are now presenting their work internationally too, performing this year for the first time in Graz. With direction by Adrian Schvarzstein they’re in experienced hands, presenting a mixture of comedy, theatre, circus, acrobatics, live music and folk art based on an idea by Pavol Kelley and staged together with dramatic adviser Juraj Bielik and producer Katarína Pokorná. So it is that he brings an international team of acrobats, musicians, jugglers, dancers and parkour runners to Cirque Noël.

Orpheum Graz | for the whole family | duration: 75 min (without break)


– DATES 2020 –
Category I
ADULTS  Euro 59,– CHILDREN UP TO 15 YEARS  Euro 49,–
Category II
ADULTS  Euro 54,– CHILDREN UP TO 15 YEARS  Euro 44,–
Category III
ADULTS  Euro 47,– CHILDREN UP TO 15 YEARS  Euro 37,–



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