Two clowns struggle to change their day-to-day life. Exasperated of waiting for the biggest international theatres to call, they decide to accept the unthinkable contract… a children’s birthday. Their life is then revealed to you. Kombini is coming to the Circus Hub in Edinburgh’s Meadows for the month of August for the Fringe. The Fountain caught up with him about the show and the plans post-Fringe.

TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting? 

So much! It is our first participation and we are glad to represent Canadian circus with a completely different aesthetic than what has been in the festival in the past years.

TF: Kombini certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise? 

A telephone ring, two clowns get on stage to answer. Hoping for the gig of their life, they will be hired for a children’s birthday…We enter in their immoderate quest for fame with balloons bursting and a popcorn storm.
We laugh to see them working so hard to get a bit of love in this world. Should we? Aren’t we desperately chasing the same goal in our life?

TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie? 

We wanted to show what clown life is nowadays. Based on our own life, even if we are professional acrobats with international success, we keep fighting with the fact that we are clowns. Les Foutoukours are working since 1997 to change the perception of clowns in the world. Clowns always had an essential role in society: the laugh of our flaws to be relieved of them. The public particularly needs this today. This is why we created a clown show for adults. We get influenced by the aesthetic of Russian clowns that bring this contrast of hilarious characters carrying the heavy weight of their existence.

TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh? 

It is our first experience but we heard a lot about this “jungle”! We are excited to perform in the magnificent tent of Underbelly, to throw ourselves everywhere in the city and to be overwhelmed by all the show possibilities.
Our vacation week is already reserved after the festival, we got good friends’ advice about that!

TF: And what are your future plans beyond Kombini

We are launching our new show Glob in November, a project in a completely different style of clowning than Kombini. For this one, we created a universe of softness, peace and slowness to bring calm in our crazy lives! 2020 is a special year during which our four productions will tour at the same time, lots of clowning!

You can see Kombini at Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows from 3rd – 24th August (Not 13th or 20th) at 14:00. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com