Festival for contemporary circus in the Volksgarten in Salzburg
The Winterfest, the largest festival for contemporary circus in Austria, has been able to bring this art form closer to the public since 2001. Contemporary Circus is a collection of various art forms. The spectrum ranges from visual art to performing arts with dance, music, drama or acrobatics.
Well-known circus companies from the international circus-scene are guests in the different tents and take around 30.000 guests into another world. With brilliant technique and impressive creativity they merge reality and imagination and present touching, spirited and clownish shows.
That was the 17. Winterfest
Six weeks full of breathtaking circus art, impressive acrobatics, amusing performance art and enchanting clowning have left their mark. The 27,700 visitors attended 57 performances at the 17th edition of the Winterfest in the Volksgarten Salzburg. An exciting cross section of local circus art at the kaleidoscope, concerts, an exhibition and the DJ Line in the Circusfoyer as well as artist talks made the festival a complete success.
Already on the opening evening, the Canadian artists of Flip FabriQue showed how much fun they have on stage together. With a variety of disciplines, a large portion of charm and convincing artistry, they impressed with their show “Attrape-Moi” from 28 November to 16 December.
When setting up the second premiere in the theater tent, there were suddenly plenty of artists on stage in the Volksgarten. The French collective Cie XY came with 22 artists and danced a visually stunning piece of being together and alone, flying and falling and the idea of an everyday solidarity in the theater tent. The cleverly constructed choreography of “Il n’est pas encore minuit …”, which was created in the collective, amazed in the second half of the festival.
With Claudio Stellato absurd body art and intelligent humor came into the circus tent from 13 December. The four men in suits devoted themselves in “La Cosa” to four cubic meters of wood and went to physical limits in their performance to show the idea of creating and destroying.
Under the dome of the circus tent the two mischievous characters of the Compagnia Baccalà played their way directly into the hearts of the audience. With intelligent humor and precise clumsy acrobatics in their show “Pss Pss”, they have shown the world of timeless clowning and guaranteed a lot of humorous and poetic moments.
At this point, we would like to thank our loyal audience, all our sponsors and supporters, and all the helping hands who, with their work and passion, make the Winterfest a very special festival every year! We are particularly proud that the Winterfest was certified as a Green Event for the first time this year, and thanks to the Salzburg AG and the State of Salzburg we were able to heat with district heating in an environmentally friendly manner.
The Winterfest-Team is currently working on the next festival edition. Keep following date in mind: 28 November 2018 until 6 January 2019
This year the theatre-tent was the home of Flip FabriQue and Cie XY for six weeks. The complex construction of our big venue – from the first lift trucks to the festive premiere – can be seen in the timelapse video.