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Rigolo Swiss Nouveau Cirque
- Tour dates:
11/03 - 01/12 San Francisco, US Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna 12/08 - 01/06 Italy Tour Alis 12/19 - 01/05 Regensburg, DE BIGBIRD 12/26 - 12/30 Fulda, DE Wintervarieté Fulda 01/22 - 02/23 Sacramento, US Cirque du Soleil : Amaluna
- Genre: Circus Arts | physical theatre | dance | Cabaret | event
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4.11.2019 Rigolo's Big Bird at christmas circus in Regensburg
Enchanting dance theater, inspiring artistry, touching moments - this is what Rigolo Swiss Nouveau Cirque has stood for decades. Two years ago, it was his founder Mädir Eugster, who brought Regensburg to wonder and dream with his sanddorn balance. Some time ago, Rigolo Swiss Nouveau Cirque surprised international audiences with the show "Wings". An important element of this beguiling world of images is the Big Bird, that flying machine with wings of immense size, which can now be experienced for the first time in Regensburg. No engine moves the big wings of steel and coarse cloth, but the graceful movements of Swiss artist Rahel Merz. Big Bird in Regensburg from 19 December to 5 Jan. Thanks to the Regensburger Weihnachtscircus for the invitation!
28.10.2019 Moonrise - Arkadien - Sospiri 3 neue Projekte von Rigolo
With the stage play Wings the generation change was initiated in the house Rigolo. Currently the three Rigolo daughters are working on their own productions, each one different, each one particular: Moonrise, Arcadia, Sospiri. Mädir Eugster and Lena Roth, founders of Rigolo Swiss Nouveau Cirque, are involved as creative leaders in every project.
Lara Jacobs Rigolo is about to open an ART CLUB in New York. In MOONRISE Lara takes up the theme of the 13 moon goddesses that Rigolo employed in the 1990s. Lara was already on tour as a little girl and on stage. It is interesting to see how Rigolos MONDAUFGANG returns to the stage in a new modern version. MOONRISE is fine entertainment experience combining dance, theater, acrobatics, art, music, decor and a theatrical cocktail experience. The guests are abducted by LARA JACOBS RIGOLO into the world of the 13 moon goddesses and their rituals and accompanied by her on a journey to her inner self. As of late October 2019, Brooklyn-Williamsburg NYC, N160 12 Street.
The middle daughter, Nuria Astroga Iglesias, realizes in Switzerland a cultural pasture park with the Rigolo Palace as its centerpiece. In ARKADIEN cultural events take place and wonderful festivals such as weddings and birthdays are celebrated. Also Nuria meets with the Weidenpark a dream she began to dream as a child. Arcadia is a park of willow constructions and water features, with art installations and cultural events. The park is open to the public and invites old and young to observe the plants, to relax and to enjoy cultural experiences. In the center of the park stands the willow pavilion "Palais". For two decades Rigolo toured with the Palais through Switzerland and performed ao. in Zurich on the Werdinsel and on the barracks area, in Basel on the Grün 80 and in St. Gallen in the city park. The opening of the cultural pasture park ARKADIEN is planned for spring / summer 2020.
The youngest daughter of Rigolo's founding couple, Marula Eugster Rigolo, continues Rigolo's earlier productions Wings In My Heart and Sanddorn with her dance theater production SOSPIRI. The theme of the piece, as in Wings In My Heart, is the determination of life and the search for fulfillment. Also at Sospiri the piece flows into the world-famous Sanddorn Balance with the feather and the 13 palm leaf trisps. In the first dance part Sospiri takes over the concept of the piece Sanddorn from the year 1998. The expressive Palmblattrispen form the red thread in the history. In WINGS Marula has shown that she is a charismatic actress. Even as a choreographer she has already established herself in other formations. World premiere SOSPIRI in autumn 2020 at the Lichtensteiger Chössitheater
23.2.2019 Sanddorn Balance - in Spirng 2019 again on Tour with show production Afrika Afrika!
Sanddorn Balance will be touring again with the successful show production AFRIKA! AFRIKA! in spring 2019 through 33 cities all over Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxemburg.
Sanddorn Balance will be touring again with the successful show production AFRIKA! AFRIKA! in spring 2019 through 33 cities all over Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxemburg. Georges Momboyes who already collaborated with André Heller's first version of AFRIKA! AFRIKA! in 2005 put in scene this colourful revue with dance, acrobatics, giant puppets and rhythms which represent the modern Africa in all its facets. Sanddorn Balance here also represents drought, desert and lack of water - but also moments of hope which are so important for survival. Andreis Jacobs Rigolo interprets Sanddorn Balance with a special authentic habit.
15.1.2019 Sanddorn Balance by Rigolo at Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain
Sanddorn Balance by Rigolo at 40th Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris (Jan 31 - Feb 3)! Don't miss Mäadir's youngest daughter Marula who will present Sanddorn Balance at this most important festival of modern circus arts.
The extraordinary success story of SANDDORN BALANCE began more than 20 years ago. In 1996, the Swiss theatre producer Mädir Eugster Rigolo created a balancing act for the stage production SANDDORN. The play is set in knee-deep sand; the only props are the withered ribs of date and coconut palm leaves, which Mädir Eugster Rigolo collected from the most beautiful beaches in the world. This was the birth of SANDDORN BALANCE – one of the most stunning acts the world has ever seen. SANDDORN BALANCE has enchanted countless audiences ever since, irrespective of culture, age or education. The performance can been seen in a variety of shows and circuses, in theatres, museums and opera houses. For many years, Mädir Eugster Rigolo was the only performer. Only a few years ago, the secret of SANDDORN BALANCE was given to some excellent artists who are now presenting exciting moments to audiences all over the world. Among these excellent artists, you will find Mädir's daughters: Lara Jacobs Rigolo, who is performing Sandorn Balance with Cirque du Soleil show Amaluna, and lately also Marula Eugster Rigolo, who performed Sanddorn Balance in Rigolo's stage Wings and now - in Jan 2019 - arrives to the stage of Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain where young artists from all over the world present their arts and acts. Probably is not just a coincidence that the 40th Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain meets the celebrations of Rigolo's 40th anniversary.
2.10.2018 Sanddorn Balance at LaMama, New York
Rigolo's Sanddorn Balance is wellknown worldwide for its appearances in cabaret, show, TV and gala events. but we should not forget that Sanddorn Balance was created as scene of a theatre play. More and more, Sanddorn Balance is returning back to its roots and we note a growing distribution in dance and theatre productions, invitations to concerts and exhibitions. One example is Rigolo's participation in the theatre play "Exodus" by Belgian company Théâtre d'un Jour. "Exodus" is invited now to LaMama Theatre in New York.
"Exodus" is a stirring play about migration and the hopelessness that drives people to leave their homeland. Sanddorn Balance shows in Exodus moments of a fragile beauty that changes the perception of reality and reveals the delicate nature of balance and the transience of life.
"Exodus" ist ein aufwühlendes Theaterstück über Migration und die Ausweglosigkeit, die Menschen dazu bewegt, ihre Heimat zu verlassen. Die Sanddorn Balance zeigt in "Exodus" Momente einer fragilen Schönheit, die die Wahrnehmung der Realität verändert und die zarte Natur des Gleichgewichts und der Vergänglichkeit des Lebens offenbart. A disturbing symbol for the current situation of the refugees in front of the "Fortress Europe". After almost 100 performances in Europe, "Exodus" is now invited to New York, appearances there at LaMama November 15 - 18.
all around the world
With thirteen palm leaf ribs, the Swiss artist Mädir Rigolo creates an oasis of concentration and serenity, a place of equilibrium – fragile moments of joy which, almost as soon as they are created, are destroyed by the artist himself. Sanddorn Balance has been performed successfully on theatre stages, at museums, and within exhibitions. Sanddorn Balance is often invited to work in a way that highlights architecture, or gives a special touch to non-theatre venues. Sanddorn Balance can also be an integral part of cabarets and other productions, or a celebrated feature at various kinds of special event.
The extraordinary success story of Sanddorn Balance began over twenty years ago. In 1996, the Swiss theatre producer Mädir Rigolo created a balancing act for the stage production Sanddorn. The play was set in knee-deep sand, the only props the withered ribs of date and coconut palm leaves, which Rigolo had collected from the most beautiful beaches in the world. It would then take years to draw the attention of vaudeville and circus producers. One of the first show producers to invite Sanddorn Balance was André Heller, who wanted it to become part of his show Magnifico. Thus the worldwide success was set in motion. Today, whether it’s in Australia, the US, Japan or Europe; if it’s in a theatre, cabaret, or tent; on Broadway, at the Cirque du Soleil, in museums, or at selected galas and exhibitions; in front of an audience consisting of several thousands of people or just a few hundred, the Sanddorn Balance touches audiences and the media and has received the highest praise.
In this moment of highest public attention Mädir Rigolo made the decision to transfer his art to some exceptional new talents. These successors bear the name Rigolo with pride. They guard the art of Sanddorn Balance, develop it and give it a life of its own. Sanddorn Balance has many secrets and each unique performer can draw on one to present it in their own way. Mädir Rigolo himself is focusing his appearances on performances for museum contexts, architectural environments, or selected projects for film and video. Besides Sanddorn Balance, Mädir Rigolo dedicates himself to the creation and development of new stunning stage works.
Mädir Rigolo and Lena Roth founded Rigolo Swiss Nouveau Cirque in 1978. As a living experiment, Rigolo strives to create a union of dance, theatre, acrobatics, art, music and brilliant décor in all its productions. At Rigolo, visitors are spirited away into a forgotten world that observes only its own rules, a world in which mythical and archaic ideas are revealed in new and mysterious ways.
idea / concept / direction
Mädir Eugster Rigolo
Lara Jacobs Rigolo
Marula Eugster Rigolo
Miyoko Shida Rigolo
Naima Rhyn Rigolo
Lili Chao Rigolo
Andreis Jacobs Rigolo
6 x 6 m (diametre 7 m)
height : 4 m
no air movement
good visibility for all audiences
12 - 15 min
number depending on performance space
Rigolo Swiss Nouveau Cirque / Mädir Eugster