A tale of the circus, told through feats of acrobatics, juggling, contortion and dance, Circus Abyssinia is a show that melds autobiography and dream.
Inspired by the story of Bibi and Bichu, the show revolves around two little Ethiopian brothers, who ask the Man in the Moon to grant them their wish: of joining the circus. Transported by their lunar benefactor, the boys must navigate – and participate in! – the daredevil wonders of circus.
They are far from alone. The ring, like the spotlight of a moon, reveals glimpses of other stories and dreams: acrobatic narratives that unfold without words, and intertwine with their own. These narrative threads entwine, even threaten to ensnare, but ultimately lead towards an unconsidered possibility: an out-and-out Ethiopian circus.
Surrealist and joy-driven, accompanied by a soundscape that draws on Ethiopia’s rich musical past and present, Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams is a transformative celebration of circus itself.