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Fly me to the moon

By Leandre Clown Co. | Directed by Leandre Ribera

Spain

  • Español
  • 40 minutes
  • Todo público

A pair of clowns, a tandem bicycle and the (un)attainable dream of going to the moon take to the streets of different parts of Chile.


A clown appears in our fast-moving world to offer us a break, a moment of sunshine. Fly me to the moon is a gift for the senses, aiming to remind us of the simple things in life, like laughing, listening, surprising ourselves and playing. The character played by Catalan clown Leandre Ribera takes on the role of leading the audience to the sun and moon and back, in spite of the cynicism and whirlwind of everyday life, to the place we knew all too well when we were children. Fly me to the moon is two clowns’ journey to the moon. It is a dreamer’s greatest achievement and the greatest achievement of two innocents.

Tandem bicycle: a bicycle for two people.

Journey: everything that happens between here and there.

The moon: where we all want to go to daydream.

A pair of clowns: walking the line between disaster and something poetic.

A flying bicycle, wood, iron, dust, clown shoes and hats pulled down over their ears. The moon is waiting for us.

Cast and crew


Staged and created by: Leandre Ribera | Clowns: Leandre Ribera and Laura Miralbés | Music: Marco Rubiol | Composer: Víctor Morato | Produced and distributed by: Leandre SL - Agnés Forn.

Leandre Ribera

The creator

One of the greats of street theater

Leandre Ribera has spent more than 25 years touring the world with his poetic kind of humor, inspired by silent movies, mime, gestures and the absurd. He discovered street theater in 1993 on a trip to Australia and had his first solo street theater success with Streecease when he returned home in 1996. In 1999, he founded the Leandre & Claire Co. with artist Claire Ducreux, whose productions Fragile and Madame et Monsieur have toured the world. He has been creating and producing a series of shows with his own company, Leandre Clown, since 2003, making him one of street theater’s greats. He is also considered one of the best contemporary clowns in the world.

-It is a well-known international show that, before coming here, toured several countries in Europe. It carries all the hallmarks of the Leandre Clown Co., one of Europe’s circus act and clown greats that has won multiple awards for productions such as Rien à dire, Chez Leandre, Démodés and Rodó. The company has performed at some of the most important performing arts festivals in the world, such as the Festival d’Avignon and the Circ al Carrer Festival.

-It can be interpreted in several different ways , making it apt for different kinds of audience. Children enjoy the clowns’ skill and mistakes, while adults find themselves questioning its nostalgic and existential message - humans’ struggle to attain the unattainable. As Catalan critic Jordi Bordes says, “like Godot, the journey of this pair of clowns doesn’t seem to have an end. The poetry’s in the journey, in persevering in believing in an idea”.

—Clown: In the words of Argentine actor, director, clown and teacher Marcelo Katz, “clowns make us laugh with their take on the world and attempts to rise above their failures. The clown technique is profound, crazy and unexpected”, he confirms. What makes them different from buffoons is “a big technical difference. The buffoon uses universal archetypes of ridicule (such as tripping), whereas clowns work with and draw on their own fears, dreams and obsessions”.

—Physical theater: This is a kind of theater based on the body’s expressive and communicational abilities, in performances whose aim is to tell a story using corporality. Its roots are in Japanese nō theater, Italian commedia dell’arte, circus acts, certain types of Asian theater and mime. Its modern-day version is usually said to date from the first half of the twentieth century.

—New circus: Also called contemporary circus (nouveau cirque in French), this performing arts genre - developed in the middle of the twentieth century - is characterized, among other things, by basing itself on a story told through different circus acts and disciplines. The focus is on making an esthetic impact and on a performance that tells a story, sometimes using theater techniques as well.

–Find out more about the work of the Leandre Clown Co. on its YouTube channel.

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