A circus designed to combine the drama of theatre with the thrills of the big top is coming to town this weekend.
Massamiliano Rossetti, the director and a performer with the Lost in Translation Circus, is looking forward to seeing how the island reacts to the show.
Mr Rossetti said: “I’m very excited, but also a little bit terrified because I don’t know what the audience here is like.
“We have done this quite a lot before — we have performed in many places that they have never seen theatre and circus together in the way we do it.
“The reaction is always positive at the end of the show, but I’m just waiting to see how they react here. That’s exciting for me.”
The Lost in Translation Circus, based in Norwich in England, features an international cast who tell a story through circus acrobatics and stunts. Mr Rossetti said the concept was based on the Italian theatre tradition of commedia dell’arte.
He said: “I started out in theatre and made my way into circus when I was 23. I was always inspired by commedia dell’arte and describing emotions through the physicality of acrobatics.
“That brought me to start to thinking more about the theatre concept of how a story could be told through what we do physically.”
He added that the company’s shows were constantly changing and evolving.
Mr Rossetti said: “The research and development never stops — it never ends because every show is a challenge and the physicality of the circus is a challenge every time.”
The company will perform their show Hogwallops as part of the 2020 Bermuda Festival.
Mr Rossetti said the family friendly show was inspired by the 1976 Italian film Ugly, Dirty and Bad and the Roald Dahl book The Twits.
He said: “We created this dysfunctional family of five members.
“Usual things are happening in the household, but all in unusual ways because that’s how this dysfunctional family functions.”
Mr Rossetti added: “What we do is very high skill with a high wow factor — we are a high-performing circus with a strong theatrical narrative — but it’s a family show for everyone.
“You can be 3 or 103. It’s a very silly show. Everyone can see it, everyone can watch it, everyone can enjoy it.”
• The Lost in Translation Circus performs at the Ruth Seaton James Centre at CedarBridge Academy in Prospect at 4.30pm tomorrow and Sunday with a Sunday matinee at 2pm. Tickets, $40 for general admission and $30 for students, are available online at ptix.bm