2019 – 2020 THEME: ARCHIVE AND MEMORY Be Festival


Best of BE FESTIVAL 2013

Best of BE FESTIVAL 2013
9 October – 9 November

Travel across Europe in a night

This autumn, BE FESTIVAL will again tour the UK – and for the first time, Spain. You can see three award-winning festival favourites in one night, each half an hour long. The shows are followed by a chaired discussion with all the performers.

It’s a unique chance to see the very best of Europe in one evening, so BE part of it.

Al Cubo by Betti Combo (France)
Three buffoons help and defy one another in equal measure, striving for the tallest construction and the perfect balance. Masterful circus meets mischievous theatre, with buckets of charm.

Tao Te by Ferenc Feher (Hungary)
Winner: ACT-Arriaga International Touring Prize, BE FESTIVAL 2013
A unique and intensely physical piece, fusing freestyle dance with martial arts. Seeking a harmonious and virtuous life, two men are dragged through a series of conflicts and struggles.

Next Door by Out of Balanz (Denmark)
Winner: 1st Prize and Audience Prize, BE FESTIVAL 2013
When Ivan Hansen’s neighbour passes away suddenly, Ivan realises he doesn’t know anything about him. Intimate storytelling and high-octane physical theatre explore what it is that really connects us.

This tour is supported by:

Al Cubo – Betti Combo (France)

Choreographer / Director
Cristian Coumin & Cie BettiCombo

Cie BettiCombo

Francesco Caspani
Ilaria Senter
Fabrizio Rosselli

Lighting design
Hélène Tourmente

Creation Assistant
Dominiqe Habouzit


with the support of

And the support of Studio-PACT (Pépinière des Arts du Cirque Toulousaine), dispositif mutualisé Lido-Grainerie
Espace Périphérique (Ville de Paris – Parc de la Villette)
Dispositif Faber (Auch, France)
Le Lido (Toulouse, France) Centre des Arts et du Cirque de Toulouse

rehearsal space
La Grainerie (Toulouse, France), La Cloche (Cazéres s/ Garonne, France), Theatre du Mazades (Toulouse, France) ,L’Estruch
(Sabadell, Espagne), The Generating Company (Alles s/ Dordogne, France)


Three buffoon characters search for the perfect construction, the most fragile balance, using plastic buckets and a Chinese pole. Exploding on stage with enthusiasm and clumsiness, they help and defy each other in equal measure.

The show premiered in 2012 in Madrid as part of the Contemporary Circus Marathon. The trio behind Betti Combo first met at Flic Circus School in 2008, and later trained together at Le Lido circus school in Toulouse, where this show was developed. The long format show “Alcubo” will premier at the beginning of 2014.

Tao Te – Ferenc Fehér (Hungay)

Ferenc Fehér, Balázs Szitás

Ferenc Fehér, Ákos Dózsa

Ferenc Fehér

Sound and light
Dávid Kovácsovics

Ferenc Fehér

Ksenija Spanec

Supported by
NEFMI, NKA, Workshop Foundation, Katlan Csoport

Veszprém, Hungary – 14th National and International Contemporary Dance Festival, Main Award (2011)

Rudolf Lábán Prize – The Best Contemporary Dance Performance of year in Hungary (2010)

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria – 15. MASDANZA International Choreography Contest, III. prize (2010)



The ancient text Tao Te Ching encourages the quest for a virtuous and meaningful life, but also describes the potential for failure. This tension is explored through an intensely physical dance: a story of two men embroiled in a series of conflicts, struggles and failures. Can they finally find the harmony they crave?

Ferenc Fehér has developed a unique style combining freestyle dance and martial arts. He has been touring his work internationally since 2007.

Next Door – Out of Balanz (Denmark)

Choreographer / Director
Katrina Bugaj

Ivan Hansen & Out of Balanz

Ivan Hansen
His neighbour

Set design
Katrina Bugaj

Costume design
Noora Salmi

Sound design
M.L. Dogg

Lighting design
Teemu Nurmelin

Andreas Janett

with the support of
The Danish Arts Council, The Nordic Culture Point, The Nordic Culture Foundation and The Finnish Arts Council/Taiteen Keskustoimikunta



When Ivan Hansen’s neighbour passes away, Ivan realizes he doesn’t know anything about him. As he puzzles over this, Ivan begins to wonder what it is that connects us… A blend of personal memories, shared stories and melodies to remember.

Out of Balanz is an award-winning, international theatre ensemble based in Copenhagen, recognized for their highly collaborative creative process.



9-12 – Barbican, London – book here
Mon 14 – Gulbenkian Theatre, Kent – book here
Tue 15 – The Birmingham REP – book here
Wed 16 – Bath Spa Live, Bath – more details
Fri 18 – Derby Theatre, Derby – book here
Sat 19 – Create Theatre Mansfield – more details
Mon 21 – South Hill Park, Bracknell – more details
Tue 22 – Unity Theatre, Liverpool – book here
Thu 24 – Aberystwyth Arts Centre – more details
26-27 – El Corral, Alcalá de Henares – more details
30- 2 Nov – Naves del Español – more details


4 – GIFT at Gateshead Old Town Hall – more details
Tue 5 – Summerhall, Edinburgh – more details
Wed 6 – The Lowry, Salford Quays – book here
Thu 7 – Barnsley Civic, Barnsley – more details
Fri 8 – CAST, Doncaster – more details
Sat 9 – The HUB, Leeds – more details