Local circus outfit to take its act to S. Korea

Local circus outfit to take its act to S. Korea
Theatre veteran Jeremiah Choy (bottom left) will direct Circus In Motion's show at the International Clown Mime Festival in Incheon for a week starting in June. Performing in the show will be the group's founder Jay Che (bottom right) and members (top, from left) Ernie Tan, Ethan Lee and Edward Chua and Benjamin Teo (not pictured).

Coming soon to South Korea: a very uniquely Singaporean circus performance.

For a week starting in June, social enterprise Circus In Motion will put up an hour-long show at the International Clown Mime Festival in Incheon.

This is believed to be the first time a local circus outfit has been invited to perform overseas, which is why the group is putting a local spin on its segment.

Called Tikam Tikam, after a traditional guessing game, the show has been inspired by local games such as playing marbles and "coconut bowling" - a game often played at funfairs here, where a coconut is used as a bowling ball.

The show will also have a storyline about a group of friends taking a chance on a newcomer, as "tikam" in Malay also means "taking a random chance".

It will be directed pro bono by theatre veteran Jeremiah Choy.

"The audience is likely to see jugglers from all around the world," said the 51-year-old, who has directed shows at the Singapore Arts Festival, along with the annual ChildAid charity concert organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times.

"So, to make our performance special, I thought of featuring our local pastimes."

Circus In Motion helps at-risk youth carve out a better future. The group's founder Jay Che said one of the most difficult tricks would be one where four performers perform with six diabolos - a kind of Chinese yo-yo.

Taking its act overseas is a major milestone for the outfit, said the 36-year-old former social worker.

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