Meet the International Artists at Tini Tinou: Joao Paulo Pereira Dos Santos of O Ultimo Momento
Six troupes from five countries will perform at this year’s Tini Tinou International Circus Festival in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll introduce you to some of these international artists and talk to them about their backgrounds, their craft and their experiences in Cambodia.
Today, we meet Joao Paulo Pereira Dos Santos of O Ultimo Momento, a circus troupe from France who will perform May 9th in Phnom Penh and May 11th in Siem Reap.
Where are you from?
I’m Portuguese. I was born in Lisbon, but am now living in France. I attended the National Circus School and am now working with O Ultimo Momento, which is a French-Portuguese circus company.
What is your role in the show?
In CE QUI RESTE, I’ve helped wrote the piece as artistic director along with the others artists associated with the creation. This show is inspired by a novel written by Oliver Sacks. There is one character who has lost his memory and the show relates how his mind travels between reality and fantasy.
What will you be performing?
I’m a circus artist performing chinese pole.
How long have you been performing?
I completed circus school in France in 2003, so now it’s more or less 12 years that I’ve been performing my art in different shows.
Have you ever been to Cambodia?
It’s my first time in Cambodia. I’ve performed in Korea, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and the Philippines with my first show PEUT ETRE.
What are you expecting?
I hope that I can offer to the Cambodian people a great moment of poetry and circus performance, that the audience will enjoy it and keep in mind a good memory of a contemporary circus performance.
What are you hoping to get out of Tini Tinou?
I’m sure that performing at the Tini Tinou festival will be an amazing experience, full of great meetings and artistic exchanges. For us it is a great opportunity to discover another culture and I hope I will learn a lot from all those exchanges.
Read about the troupes performing at Tini Tinou here and here.