French circus company brings show to Déda

French circus company Circa Tsuica is coming to Déda in Derby with its hit show Opus 7.

Joining them will be county youth brass band Saxophonix for a feel-good blend of daredevil acrobatics and foot-tapping brass rhythms.

The band began working with Circa Tsuica’s music director Camille Secheppet in December to learn the show’s repertoire of Balkan brass and American jazz – and add their own Derby sounds into the mix.

They also learned Circa Tsuica’s technique of sound painting so they can move as they play – though the serious acrobatics will be left to the professionals.

The resulting show is an hour of non-stop brass beats, risk-taking circus tricks and quirky humour where the performers never drop a note and the audience gets to join in the party.

Saxophonix’s nine musicians are Sam Runcarn, 17, alto saxophone; Laura Allen, 15, tenor saxophone; Joe Hey, 17, tenor saxophone; Josh Short, 15, trumpet; Sadie Taylor, 14, baritone saxophone; Emma Allen, 13, soprano saxophone; Bekki Lycett, 18 soprano saxophone; Isabel Fitzgerald, 15, baritone saxophone and Josh Bishop, 18, cajon.

The band is led by Jon Eno who said: “We are always looking for new challenges and with Circa Tsuica we have certainly found something cutting edge. The vibrancy and energy of this eclectic project is something really special.”

Circa Tsuica is part of the Cheptel Aleïkoum collective, around 20 circus artists who live, work and train together in the remote French village of St-Agil and tour the world.

Most of the collective met as students at the Centre National des Arts du Cirque, and on graduation moved to an old farmhouse where they set up a circus tent in a field.

Ten years later, they have spread out around the village, where a fifth of the 250 inhabitants now have some circus connection.

Déda Director Stephen Munn said: “We have first class facilities and expertise in the growing popularity of contemporary circus and acrobatic styles within performance.

“We hold a series of popular classes for young people and adults alike in these forms and have hosted some fantastic touring companies who are breaking the mould in the fusion between dance and contemporary circus.”

Opus 7 can be seen at Déda on March 4 at 7.30pm and March 5 at 2.30pm. Go to http://www.deda.uk.com for ticket details.

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