Circus Movie: “Isabella”

Circus Movie: “Isabella”

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Date & Time

10 Feb - 30 Jun, 2022 Premiere: 8pm, 10 Feb 2022

Location

Online

Price

Free of charge

Overview

Co-produced by

“They live with us, support us, help us achieve our goals, and yet we are unaware of their importance. It’s time for a revolution, they need us, and we need them.”

Co-produced by Tai Kwun and Hsingho Co. and directed by Portugal circus artist Ricardo S. Mendes, Isabella tells a story about Ricardo and his beloved circus prop “Isabella”. In addition to Ricardo, Isabella features Hong Kong and Taiwan circus talents Patrick Pun and Chien Hung Shu. A sentimental yet humorous film about artists and the juggling objects they work along.

Duration: 40 minutes
Performed in English and French with Chinese and English subtitles

Creative Team
Co-Produced by: Hsingho Co. (Taiwan)
Director, Screenwriter, Director of Photography and Editor: Ricardo S. Mendes (Portugal)
Composer and Music production: André d’Oliveira (Portugal)
Performers: Ricardo S. Mendes – Ball Juggling (Portugal), Patrick Pun – Diabolo (Hong Kong), Chien Hung Shu – Cigar Box (Taiwan)


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Biography

Hsingho Co. Ltd.
Ricardo S. Mendes

Hsingho Co., Ltd. was founded in 2016. Co-founded by the former Cirque de Soleil performer, Hsing-Ho Chen, and another keyman of connecting Taiwan to international circus communities, Yu-Lun Chiang, Hsingho Co., Ltd. endeavors to promote circus culture, with a view to becoming the bridge which not only introduces contemporary circus to Taiwan but further, introduces circus in Taiwan to the world. In 2020, joined Circostrada – European Network Circus and Street Arts and In Situ Network – The European Platform for Artistic Creation in Public Space.

Born from a Portuguese mother and Afro-American father, Ricardo was born on the 3 July 1994 in a small town in Portugal called Santiago do Cacem.

He moved to Switzerland to study Architecture at the age of 17 years old in 2011. In Switzerland, Ricardo has developed a passion on circus arts and stage. During his four years of studies, he started taking night classes in dance, acrobatics, and juggling at a small circus school called LeZartiCirque. After completing his Architecture degree in 2015, Ricardo decided to continue studying and developing his art form in juggling, so he applied and successfully enrolled in Ecole de Cirque de Lyon, where he could find his own juggling style and feel the most comfortable.

In 2018, completing his 2-year degree at Ecole de Cirque de Lyon, he continued to apply higher education schools. In 2018, he entered Centre National des Arts du Cirque (CNAC) in France and completing his studies in 2020.

Ricardo's juggling style is based on a combination of multiples styles and influences such as hip-hop dance, contemporary dance, “floorwork” and acrobatics.