La nuit du cirque in Riga with the circus show “Static” by Monki
STATIC combines Monki’s skills in double Chinese pole with live music and theatre. The result is a unique experience full of tranquil musical moments interspersed with explosive circus techniques. During the performance, Monki explores the space between and on top of the two poles, discovering new possibilities for his discipline.
And without compromising on narrative power, by the way. In STATIC, time is central: giving time and taking time. But also the fascination of the current generation of thirty-somethings – Monki’s peers – with old-fashioned, inefficient technologies such as the record player or the Gameboy. Where does fascination end and unhealthy nostalgia begin? During his search, the audience take their seats around the stage, creating a closer connection with Monki and his special performance.
Shortlisted CircusNext 18-19, co-funded by the EU programme Creative Europe
November 13 and 14, 7PM, Elijas street 17, Riga
Monki about himself
My name is Benjamin Kuitenbrouwer but you can call me Monki. I graduated from Codarts Circus Arts (Rotterdam) in 2014, with double chinese pole as a main discipline. Since then, I’ve been developing my own style of circus, heavily infused with theatrical elements.
Being a music lover and self-taught musician, music also plays an important role in my work. My graduation act was a mix between my circus skills and a monologue about my frustrations of not knowing what to with exactly those skills. It was well received and sparked my interest in this style I had discovered for myself. I immediately started working on a solo performance, which premiered September 2017 in the form of a 60 minute circus show, called Not Somewhere Else. In the fall of 2019 I premiere my second solo performance called Static.
Meanwhile I am also part of the group of artists that founded ‘Collectif Sous le Manteau’; a collective based around chinese pole and music, mainly operating in France. We created a large performance called Monstro that premiered in January 2019.
Duration: approx. 60 min
For 1 person: 12 EUR
For 4 persons: 40 EUR