Where are they now #§

Clément Malin et Caio Sorana,  Compagnie Soralino
40th Festival

What are they doing? Why are you throwing cardboards on your partner Clément? What did he do to you? And hey, Caio, where are you going? 
Forget it.
All of this is a skill game with a hint of improvisation. Their first show named INBOX is pretty successful and still touring, just like their act named LA PILE, initially performed during the 40thedition of the Festival.
They talk about it. 

The Soralino troup, its raincoats, socks, confetti, and… cardboards. There’s Clément and Caio, smiling with their lips and their hearts.
Soralino, a mix between Malino, Clément Malin childhood’s nickname, and Sorana, Caio’s surname. “Identitary and efficient, isn’t it?”

“We had a really powerful experiment at the Festival. This atmosphere gave us strength and self-confidence: if it went good there, then we can perform everywhere! With the Phenix, we understood that we had a solid base”.
INBOX is the first creation of these two merry partners. If ten small days were enough to create 40 minutes of humour and skill, 200 performances brought thousands of small new tricks to the show.
“We love creating. We go on stage along with the audience. We rapidly understood each other. If one goes somewhere, the other keeps up. So we can multiply jokes, manage the unexpected and improvise. We love to avoid the usual. We love kidding and messing around with each other by series of small teases.
Clément plays accordion, Caio juggles with clubs – how fluid! Look at him! – they also juggle with cardboards, throw confetti to the public, kick themselves stealthily, fool around… Clément is very at ease on the free ladder. And it works actually pretty well. 

“The Festival also helped us introducing our new feature, LA PILE, which is the digest of INBOX: this isn’t a large coffee anymore, but an espresso. But it’s still our coffee!”
A pile… Of cardboards, of course. After having juggled, kicked, messed, threw and caught cardboards with either the foot or the hand to the slow beat of Schubert’s “Trout” – a genuine finding there! – here they are piling them up.
“Of course, we wanted to reach for the canvas, but still, it’s really high! Here’s the ultimate risk of this feature: avoid falling too fast! While climbing, we need to take the audience along with us and therefore, readingit: whether the informed public of the Festival, or the 500 children who attended our show 48h later in Palestine… and who had never seen any circus show before!

The connoisseurs, you need to surprise them, even with something they already know, that’s the whole point. When the audience is more popular, we look for everything it likes, our openings, and it’s always new. We consider each openingas a big YES, and they are new ways to explore, even if it’s on the next day. Today, we’ve had an intuition: what if we offered gifts to people? Flowers, bags, and other stuff… We’re going to try and open again and again…”

Opening is a keyword with “Les Soralino”. It reveals much of the two artists’ way of thinking. When their Leaning Tower of Pisa falls – because it has to at some point – the audience is slightly disappointed and it’s good, for it shows that the wait of this unavoidable fall was delightful. 

Florence Douroux

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