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19/06/2017
Spotlight on the Catalan circus at the Viva Cité festival in Sotteville-lès-Rouen
Spotlight on the Catalan circus at the Viva Cité festival in Sotteville-lès-Rouen

The Catalan circus companies Amer i Àfrica, specialising in hand-in-hand technique; Diegolow, virtuoso of the diabolo; and En Diciembre, specialists in the Cyr wheel and Chinese pole, will be performing, thanks to the support of the Ministry of Culture, before an international audience of professionals at the Viva Cité festival in Sotteville-lès-Rouen on 1 July this year. This has been possible thanks to the collaboration of the Catalan Association of Circus Professionals (APCC), the Institut Ramon Llull and the Ministry of Culture.

Each company will have ten minutes to perform a short extract from their latest creations. The aim is to offer the Catalan companies a space in which to showcase their creations, exchange impressions and network with the professionals attending.

The Sotteville-lès-Rouen Viva Cité festival is considered to be one of France's most important meetings in the street theatre and art sector, alongside Chalon dans la rue and the Festival international de théâtre de rue d'Aurillac. This 28th edition will take place from Friday, 30 June, to Sunday, 2 July. The Sotteville-lès-Rouen Town Council is organising the event, while artistic direction is being handled by Atelier 231, one of France's thirteen national street art centres (CNARs), which for the last two years has been managed by Anne Le Goff. In addition to managing the artistic direction of the festival, Atelier 231 hosts around twenty companies-in-residence during the season, enjoying both national and international prestige.

Each year the festival attracts over 100,000 visitors, mostly families, and 450 international professionals. Seventy-six companies will perform at the festival, 24 as part of the official selection and 52 taking part in the "Off" section of the festival.

This support action takes place as part of the Comprehensive Circus Plan of Catalonia and, more globally, as yet another measure to promote the internationalisation of Catalan performing arts.

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