Two actors. Two performances. A large aluminum ring.
LONTANO + IMMEDIATELY features circus performers Juan Ignacio Tula and Marica Marinoni performing in two very different ways with a Cyr wheel.
“It was really nice to find the Cyr wheel,” says Ignacio Tula via Zoom. He is accompanied by Marinoni; the two are a day away from flying from France to Vancouver in preparation for the festival.
“It’s the perfect place between dance and acrobatics. When I used this object, it was the perfect place for me.”
Ignacio Tula first began working with the Cyr Wheel—a large aluminum or steel ring about half a foot taller than the performer using it—in 2010, and it was a workshop in 2014 that inspired Marinoni to create hers develop skills on the device.
“When I finished school, Juan suggested I join the company and do the show with him. So that’s how we started the bike and the project; everything is connected,” she says. “I really agree with what Juan said about the mix of acrobatics and dance; I think every Cyr Wheeler can share that beautiful feeling and knowledge that comes with spinning.”
Marinoni opens the show with LONTANOwho she’ll find on stage clad in boxing gloves as she punches, ducks and kicks the wheel in a 25-minute acrobatic brawl.
“It’s about a fight and the conflict between me and the Cyr Wheel, and with this vocabulary of falling, hitting, grabbing and smashing,” she says. “We had this idea of boxing gloves and the idea was to create a fight and put it on stage… And so we explored all this stuff that almost became a new vocabulary on the Cyr Wheel; a new way of moving, a new way of relating to the tool.”
RIGHT AWAYon the other hand, Ignacio Tula will see him spinning with the aluminum ring throughout the performance.
“The Cyr Wheel never touches the ground,” he says. “I take the idea of the Spinning Dervish, you know, Turkish dance. I take that concept and try to work with the idea of performance when I never stop spinning.”
He says that the relentless turning of the wheel, over which Ignacio Tula has layered sounds and images of his travels, puts him and the audience in a kind of hypnotic trance.
“When you step into this show with me, we connect, you feel something. It’s really a show to immerse yourself in and travel together.”
LONTANO + IMMEDIATELY marks the first solo performance for Marinoni, who says working with a Cyr wheel requires extreme precision.
“In both shows, we start with very simple actions that we repeat and repeat and repeat and repeat ad infinitum as that action gets really complex,” she says.
“Creating this show was like going back to the beginning, back to the root, to the simplest thing you can do — but you have to be super precise… No mistakes are allowed.”
LONTANO + INSTANTE runs January 26-29 at Scotiabank Dance Center as part of PuSh Festival 2023. Tickets available online.