INTERVIEW: Rauli Dahlberg talks about bringing circus cowboys to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Name of Edinburgh show: Super Sunday
Venue: Underbelly Circus Hub
Performance time: 9pm
Show length: 60min
Ticket price: 15,00 – 19,90 pounds

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your performing background?
My name is Rauli Dahlberg and I’m one of the team leaders of Race horse company. I have been doing acrobatics from very young age and always liked to bounce around everywhere. This fooling around energy got me into world of circus and eventually into three different circus schools in Europe. I’ve been working as a active circus performer for around fifteen years and mostly just doing race horse stuff.

Tell me about your new show, what it is all about?
It´s about circus cowboys lost in a wild tivoli land and them releasing energetic mayhem scenes and just having genuine fun. In Super Sunday we were focusing a lot on working as a team and making many group scenes. Also we have have big and dangerous equipment, The wheel of death, trebuchet, human cannon, teeterboard etc.. the big question was how we can fit everything into one show and how can we survive from all of this.

How long have you been working on this show and what is it that makes it relevant to audiences in 2019?
Super Sunday is not new new show, it was premiered already in 2014. BUT! Through the years we have been developing the show and it is still fresh mix of crazy machines and dark humor that not so many have seen. I don´t think you can never have enough something that is good. Also Race horse company is for the first time in fringe and now the usual fringe people have opportunity to witness our kind of circus.

Do you have any top tips for surviving the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – both for performers and visitors to the event?
Remember to have FUN! nothing is too serious in this world that we can´t laugh at.

What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
Back in the days in one of our shows called Petit Mal i got hit in the face straight to my eye. So of course towards the end of the show i had a black eye. this was not so bad, but the next day i got a hit into the another eye! Then i looked like a real street fighter or just tired panda. I remember looking myself before into the mirror and thinking if the audience thinks it is make up.

Who are your biggest inspirations in the industry and why?
There are many great artists and circus company´s but I always find more inspiration and ideas from everyday life. It´s always amazing seeing good performances but i just can´t pinpoint just one for the example. I guess everything inspires me, life in general is amazing.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?
I like to smack my colleagues asses before entering the stage!

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at Edinburgh Fringe?
Actually i don´t have any clue what there is available, I have heard Super Sunday is a great show.

Why do you think people should come and see your show over the thousands of others on at the fringe?
Simply there ain´t anything like ´Super Sunday out there, it´s fast, funny and full of colors. Who can resist that?

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