Analog in Cooperation with Cirk La Putyka
24. February – 19. August 2018
Previews: 24. February – 14. March 2018
Premiere: Thursday, 15. March 2018
It is with great pleasure that we open our 2018 season with a young circus company from Berlin, who are currently creating quite a stir internationally with their very own, rebellious circus style: From 24. February we are going to present FINALE by the company Analog.
Eight friends, all top-class acrobats and musicians, come together to live the moment and to celebrate being together. Set to heavy drumbeats and accompanied by the unique voice of Ena Wild, they let their crazy ideas run wild and rush from one grand finale to the next.
With an original aesthetic, unconventional attitude and an incredibly likeable ensemble, FINALE exudes an energy that is hard to resist. During the show, the artists don’t embody fictional characters, but always stay themselves. Inspired by the underground music scene, daring film stunts, and traditional circus tricks, the artists combine acrobatics with music and dance to create an impressive show seen through a haze of confetti, smoke and pulsing lights. FINALE is wild, good-humoured and genuine. The spirit of the show maintains that the audience can feel as an active part, because their reactions will drive the artists to ever more incredible performances. So, the show becomes a stirring, shared circus experience that ends with a drink under the disco ball after the bows when the night transitions from show to party.
Bertan Canbeldek Juggling, Dance, Acrobatics
Bertan Canbeldek grew up in the district Kreuzberg in Berlin. At the age of seven, his sister took him to the Berlin children's circus Cabuwazi where Bertan was to immediately discover his love of artistry and the stage. Over the years Bertan learned various circus disciplines at Cabuwazi and then finally decided to continue his training at the State School for Acrobatic Arts in Berlin. He graduated with top marks in 2010 and has since become a fixed part of the international circus scene. And so Bertan has performed on the big variety show stages in Germany, including those of the GOP Theatres, the Wintergarten Berlin, and the Friedrichsbau Stuttgart. He has also toured in Germany, the Netherlands, and Budapest with "SOAP the Show" and in 2014 he was awarded the culture prize for "Best Newcomer Artist" by the B.Z. What Bertan loves most about circus? Everyone is welcome. Circus connects people with each other, no matter where they are from or what language they may speak.
Ole Lehmkuhl Cyr Wheel, Acrobatics
Ole Lehmkuhl was born in Oldenburg and grew up in the small town of Edewecht. When he was ten years old, his father taught him how to juggle with three balls - and from then on Ole could be found in his parent's yard every summer, becoming ever more skilled at juggling and even trying out one or two acrobatic tricks. Once he graduated high school, his circus career really took off after he encountered artists from the Dream State Circus on a trip to Austria. The performers quickly helped him realize that life as a circus artists must not necessarily remain a mere dream. Thus Ole joined the company on a tour of Canada. Back in Europe, he began a four-year course in circus arts at the "Codarts" University for the Arts in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He graduated in 2017. For Ole, circus means freedom and openness, because working in circus usually also means travelling the world. And each show is so different that every day brings new, exciting challenges.
Richie Maguire Comedy, Acrobatics
Richie Maguire originally comes from New Rochelle, New York and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. As a child, Richie was so full of energy that his mother signed him up for a local gymnastics club along with his sister. Richie showed so much talent for gymnastics, that he left his parent's home at the age of 13 to accept an invitation to train at the renowned International Gymnastics School in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. After graduating, Richie received a full scholarship to attend Temple University in Philadelphia, where he participated in a number of competitions while completing his degree in marketing. Richie ended his gymnastics career in 2004 to dedicate himself fully to performance. Answering a world-wide casting call by directer Franco Dragone for his first production outside of Cirque du Soleil, Richie became part of the original ensemble of "Le Rêve". Following this he went on world tour with the show "iD" by Cirque Éloize and spent two years on Broadway in New York in the award-winning production of "Pippin".
Lukas Thielecke Drums, Composition
Lukas Thielecke is from Bielefeld and began playing the drums at the age of nine. He graduated from the Mainz School of Music with a degree in Drums in 2016. Lukas has since been part of a number of studio productions and tours, and has furthermore worked as a drummer, arranger, or composer for the Wintergarten Berlin, for shows such as "Der helle Wahnsinn", "Seifenoper", and "Like Berlin". In working with circus artists, Lukas particularly appreciates the challenge in the interplay between music and movement, as everything happens in the "now" - the actual moment of performance.
Manda Rydman Aerial Ring, Vertical Rope
Manda Rydman is from Stockholm, Sweden. Manda's parents regularly took her to dance, theatre, or circus shows as a child, much to her delight. At the age of 12, after a particularly inspiring performance, Manda then decided to become a circus performer herself. As there was no circus school in Stockholm yet, she instead took dance lessons and taught herself acrobatics for the time being. Later she studied at the Kiev State Circus School and the Academy of Untamed Creativity in Copenhagen. Manda has since worked with a number of exciting companies, including the Cirkus Cirkör, Cirque Élioze, and Cirk La Putyka. She also appeared on the stage of the CHAMÄLEON Theatre in 2010 with the show "Versus". What Manda loves most about circus is the feeling of boundlessness, as it allows for collaboration with other art forms and that it gives her the opportunity to meet talented, inspiring artists from all over the world.
Ena Wild Vocal, Composition
Ena Soukou is from Bochum and moved to Berlin after graduating high school to make her mark as a professional singer. From 2009 to 2015 she performed as Ena Wild all over Germany with her band and regularly stood on the stages of Berlin's trendy clubs, such as Berghain Kantine, Wilde Renate, or the Kater Holzig. Ena has long been connected to the circus world and was part of the original ensemble of FINALE, which premiered in Prague in 2014. As one of the composers of the show, Ena is responsible for the unique sound in FINALE. Ena thinks the collaboration with acrobats and performers is very exciting, as she is not simply a lead singer, but can be part of a show experience that was created jointly by individual characters.
Carlos Zaspel Pole, Acrobatics
Carlos Zaspel is from Berlin-Pankow and began his circus career young at the Juxirkus in Schöneberg. In 2013 his path led him to the State School for Artistic Acrobatics in Berlin, where he initially specialised in juggling, later in Chinese Pole. During his training, Carlos also developed his own prop - the so-called "Spinning Pole"- with which he graduated in 2016. Carlos has since been part of a wide range of projects: He performed in the show "Urbanatix" at the Cirque Nouveau Festival in Wolfsburg, went on tour in Germany with the graduate show "Initial", and made it to the finals of the TV show "Das Supertalent" with his performance on the Spinning Pole. One of his personal highlights is his work in the dance theatre piece "Gute Pässe, Schlechte Pässe" by director Helena Waldmann, in which three circus artists and four contemporary dancers meet to explore both cultural and socio-political boundaries. For Carlos, circus is not merely a job but a way of life through which he can artistically redefine himself and develop every day.
Florian Zumkehr Handstand, Hoop Diving, Creative Direction
Florian Zumkehr grew up in Basel, Switzerland, and at the age of 15 moved to Berlin to attend the State School for Acrobatic Arts. Florian and the CHAMÄLEON share a very special history, as his circus career began on the stage of the CHAMÄLEON Theatre over 10 years ago. While still in the final year of his studies, Florian became part of the original ensemble of "SOAP the Show" and performed at the Chamäleon in this production every night while finishing school. What followed his graduation were countless thrilling projects and collaborations with some of the greatest circus companies in the world: Florian worked with 7Fingers, Cirque Éloize, and Cirk La Putyka, among others, and performed in the award-winning musical "Pippin" on Broadway in New York. For Florian circus is about testing limits and rising to highest physical performances possible, without succumbing to a sense of competition – instead for him the focus lies on the fun to be had with friends on stage. He now lives this understanding of circus in his own company Analog and its first production FINALE.
The Company / Creative Team
Analog was founded 2013 by the Berliner-by-choice Florian Zumkehr and his former partner with the goal do away with artifice. Analog focuses on true relationships, a high technical caliber, and the direct interaction with their audience in order to transmit the passion and fun they have on stage directly to the viewer.
FINALE will be adapted for its season at the CHAMÄLEON in order to best fit the needs of the CHAMÄLEON stage. The revision of the show will happen in Prague in cooperation with the Czech circus rebels of Cirk La Putyka.
Creative Guide: Florian Zumkehr und Rostislav Novák jr.
Costume Design: Kristina Nováková Záveská
Light Design: Ondřej Kyncl
Set Design: Hynek Dřízhal
Set Painter: Lukáš Musil
Sound Design: Jindřich Kravařík
Music und Composition: Lukas Thielecke and Ena Soukou
Produktion Management: Ralph Aschhoff, CHAMÄLEON Productions
Produktion Assistance: Bětka Hocková
Featured in the Press
“A high energy show.”
“Cheering till the eardrums vibrate. The audience’s reaction is no less intense than the repertoire of the outcasts.”