Circus artist. A majestic word. At least, this was it for me. At what point can I say, “I’m a circus performer”?
One day in March 2011, I was living in Uruguay, I decided I wanted to live from art. From this moment on, I began to dedicate my whole life to the circus. I had discovered the slackrope a short time ago. I was fascinated of balance. I trained for hours and hours. 2012 I traveled to Brazil, where – in a small circus tent in Bahia – I took classes with a slackrope master. What I learned from him is still essential to my work.
In order to live I juggled at traffic lights, I made fire shows with the company “Ta que arde” and I created a living statue.
But my dream was to do my own street show. Alone. Impossible! Yes?
No! 2014 it was born: My first solo-show with the slackrope.
Since then I have deepened my knowledge about stage presence, interaction with the audience, slackrope walking on stage and the art of placing the audience.
Since then I have performed alone and with different collectives and companies in many parts of the world. On the streets. On events. At festivals. In cabarets. In circus tents. . .
Since then, my stage can be any place. This is the greatest freedom I have ever experienced.
Today I know my school is the doing.
Today-if you ask me-I say “I’m an artist”. Because art with its infinite facets is my life.
In 2005, Emanuele Occhipinti starts at the circus school "Las Athenas", Barcelona, to take classes in
verticals, aerial acrobatics and floor acrobatics. At the same time, he is the co-initiator of the project "La
nave Espacial", an independent artistic project with circus and dance training rooms. There he begins
training the Cyr wheel. In 2009, with two other artists, he founds the company Circ-Hop, which acts
mainly in Catalonia. In 2013, Emanuele creates his first solo show with the Cyr wheel. He travels around
France doing street shows and performs in small festivals. In 2015, he participates in the organization of
the first African Circus Festival in Ethiopia A year later, he travels to Australia where he performs with
his show during the summer season. In 2018 he begins the professional formation of clown. Since some
years he passes the winter time training and creating in Catalonia.