Lola and her red shoes dancing with Cirkus Polski

Premiére date28 Sep. 2007
CoproducersBlack Box Teater
AudienceAdults
LanguageNorwegian
ExpressionsDance theatre, Physical theatre, Theatre, Circus, Variety show, Musical theatre, Dance, Tragicomedy/Seriocomedy, Metatheatre
Running period28 Sep. 2007  

About Lola and her red shoes dancing with Cirkus Polski

Lola and her red shoes dancing with Cirkus Polski by Enstad & Nilseng is a dance theatre performance which can be described as a mix of circus and variety, song and dance, Polish-Russian dance band, glitter and farting horses, sawdust and emotions. It is about a legendary circus artist, Lola Zorba, who was widely known to do her trapeze acts in high-heeled red shoes.

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Press review

"...a stylish, luscious and colourful circus variety in which glamour and humour as well as tragedy are allowed to strike strongly... The musicians make up a very charming part of the production and not least they perform lots of great music weaved well into the whole. (...) The production about Lola and Varga goes from showing a rehearsal situation to reveal troubled human relationships, past traumas and fear of emotions. Their circus is a revealing circus, metaphorically (there is no nudity), the transvestites Varga and Lola. Two archetypes who with all their power and energy turns insides out and takes us into the soul’s joy and darkest alleys."

Leinslie, Elisabeth (01.10.2007). Review titled Sterkt ensemble med sterkt innhold (literally: Powerful ensemble with powerful content). Scenekunst, Scenekunst.no, 17.11.2010, http://www2.scenekunst.no/article_3948.nml

More about Lola and her red shoes dancing with Cirkus Polski

The production Lola and her red shoes dancing with Cirkus Polski by Enstad & Nilseng tells the story about Lola Zorba who lost one shoe during a performance, an unforgivable mistake seen with her own eyes. Heartbroken she limped out of the ring and left the circus forever. But the way fate wanted it the former KGB agent Siberian Varga Domji Sai witnessed the performance that evening. She was deeply moved by what happened and decided to find Lola. After searching for many years she found her in a closed amusement park in Warsaw, living in an unhappy marriage. Varga managed to talk Lola into performing again.

Lola and her red shoes dancing with Cirkus Polski was a production by Enstad & Nilseng springing out from a meeting between two persons longing to fulfil their life projects. Can anything new rise from nostalgia, or is it just sentimental and self-destructive?

Actress Marika Enstad and dancer Ulf Nilseng had formerly worked together in a project called Det Motsatte Prosjekt (literally: The Opposite Project). With Lola and her red shoes dancing with Cirkus Polski they wanted to explore each other in a new context.

The production was supported by Arts Council Norway and The Fund for Performing Artists.

Source: Porsgrunn International Theatre Festival, pit.no,  http://2008.pit.no/show_details.asp?ID=604