LatAm circus stars look for opportunities in Europe
February 24, 2014
Figueres, Spain, Feb 24 (EFE).- Latin American circus stars like the Chilean clown "Pastelito," his compatriots Catalina and Camila Palma, and Mexico's Duo Marquez, are appearing at the International Circus Festival in Figueres, a city in northeastern Spain, in search of whatever opportunities Europe has to offer.
One requirement of this prestigious big top event is that all the acts must be totally new to the European public, which in turn makes it a magnet for show programmers around the world.
Festival performances are presented as a contest, bringing together in the Catalan town of Figueres the world's circus elite with the presence of such unusual and esteemed companies as the Pyongyan National Circus.
Pastelito is a special case, someone who is a TV character in Chile and the owner of a circus, but who has left all aside for the first time to try this European experience.
The Chilean clown, with a 25-year career behind him, has appeared in Colombia, Mexico and the United States and mounted his own business, but his success has sometimes kept him from accepting offers such as the one in Figueres because of always being bound by contracts.
"We're always working," Pastelito told Efe from the dressing room, calling this a "very beautiful" experience.
Representing Mexico are the Duo Marquez, made up of "circus animal" Nazareth and a former store cashier, Michelle Sandoval, who, after meeting him, accepted his invitation to become an acrobat like he is.
The International Circus Festival in Figueres opened last Thursday and ends Monday with the final competition and the awarding of prizes.