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 Post subject: Circus Baobab
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2003 12:48 am 
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Luke Jennings reviews Circus Baobab at Queen Elizabeth Hall for The Telegraph

Circus Baobab, a dance and acrobatic troupe from Guinea in West Africa, had a very strange genesis: it was dreamed into being by a French film director.

In the mid-1990s, Laurent Chevalier (best-known for his cult documentary Djembe Fola, about the percussionist Mamady Keita), conceived the idea of making a film about a West African travelling circus.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2003 6:15 am 
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Circus Baobob
by Jenny Gilbert fo The Independent

Over at the South Bank, meanwhile, Guinea's Circus Baobab under the direction of French Archaos-creator Pierre Bidon injects a more frenetic dance-and-music element. Both shows attempt dramatic characterisation – the West Africans importing an entire gallery of local burlesque types – and both contain genuine novelties. Yet ultimately both fall prey to the same faults of dramatic focus, structure and timing – things that "old circus" had down to a T.

The French group not only look ultra-cool in their butch sarongs and bondage gear but would like to be seen as Left Bank philosophers.

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