Re Riga! festival: “Apparat” by Kapsel (family show)


Explorations in Space and Time. Kapsel holds a unique curiosity about the world, with a heavy focus on physical properties of objects and their purpose.

When: August 17 and 18, 5.30PM / August 19, 4.30PM and 6.30PM

Where: The Rīgas cirks Horse stable, 4, Merķeļa street (entering the red gate)

Suggested age: 5+ (tickets needed from the age of 3)

Duration of the show: 45 min (includes 15 min workshop)

About the circus show “Apparat”

Erik and Jay use juggling as a playful way to explore how humans interact with objects and the environment. In this show everyday objects such as paper, metal and glass are used to make a surprising and very enjoyable show for children aged 5 to 12 years old, nevertheless it will be an interesting show for all ages. The show suggests an entire world of possibilities, hidden just below the surface of everyday life, waiting to be discovered by everyone!

Music and juggling have always been connected by the shared quality of rhythm. Apparat takes this a step further by incorporating the addition of melody into the juggling sequences. Artists use everyday objects as bicycle bell rings, bottles and drums to make a humble symphony that is made out of this collection of simple acoustic sounds.

Photo gallery from the Re Rīga! festival – HERE

About the company KAPSEL

Kapsel is a circus company dedicated to artistic explorations, with an emphasis on object manipulation, music, and science. Based in Stockholm, the company members –  Erik Åberg and Jay Gilligan –  have previously collaborated on a number of international projects. They have produced tours in Japan, Iceland, and America, started a boutique juggling prop manufacturing company, released several documentary video compilations, and broadcast a podcast about juggling culture.

Kapsel holds a unique curiosity about the world, with a heavy focus on physical properties of objects and their purpose. The transformation of every-day household items into circus concepts gives the opportunity to apply this same kind of flexible thinking to all areas of life. Kapsel wishes to give the audience a possibility to look at the world differently. The result is the ability to see alternatives that perhaps are not obvious or intended, which then leads to an understanding of patterns, behaviors, and habits- providing a clear context for artistic discussions. The experience is not just conceptual: the contents of each show are distinct events which are not representative, but actual concrete physical surprises.


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