Sono io ?
A quest for reconciliation, between father and son, between performer and audience, between former glory and fresh opportunities.
Danny and Pepijn Ronaldo, father and son, together on stage. United by a shared passion for music and tricks, they build a bridge between similarities and differences. The father seems entrenched in his past, desperately searching for an age-old but faded feeling of ecstasy. The son seeks to reconcile the old circus created by his father with the world beyond.
The roots of Circus Ronaldo stretch far back into the past, with Danny and Pepijn as the sixth and seventh generations. With seven being a sacred number, they now pay tribute to this past: ‘Sono io?’ (‘Is that me?).
“It is about two people who look at each other and support each other, but in doing so, they also undermine each other. The father creates a shadow for his son, without wanting to, because he is so proud of him and wants to show him off so much. But he himself is so keen to be in the spotlight.” – Danny Ronaldo
Coproduction: Théatre Firmin Gémier / La Piscine – Pôle national des arts du cirque (Châtenay-Malabry), Theater op de Markt – Dommelhof (Pelt), Miramiro (Ghent)
With the support of: Cultuurhuis de Warande (Turnhout), GC ‘t Blikveld Bonheiden and the Flemish Community
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- Genre: Theatre / Circus
- World premiere: 16 July 2021 - Miramiro Ghent (Circus Cravings)
- Direction: Frank Van Laecke (final direction)
- Creation & performance: Danny & Pepijn Ronaldo
- Coproduction: Théatre Firmin Gémier / La Piscine – Pôle national des arts du cirque (Châtenay-Malabry), Theater op de Markt – Dommelhof (Pelt), Miramiro (Gent)
- With the support of: Cultuurhuis de Warande (Turnhout), GC ’t Blikveld Bonheiden en de Vlaamse Gemeenschap
Best theater performance 2022
Pepijn Ronaldo chosen as best actor of 2022 in Flanders
“Shining through all the pranks, stunts and twists and turns is one of the burning questions in theatre today: should the older generation make way for the new, or can the wisdom of the ancients be combined with the tumultuous energy of the youngsters? Circus Ronaldo convincingly proves the latter in Sono io?”
Jury report Theaterfestival 2022
“A surprising, witty, touching and exquisite portrait of a father-son relationship.”
”The award-winning Sono io? is a full-bodied, delicious, joyful and velvety wistful performance."
“Sono io? is a playful satire on the ambitious circus artist – and in it the Ronaldos once again demonstrate their theatrical charm. Their expressive interaction recalls the silent mime of Chaplin and co.”
“The theatrical mastery of Circus Ronaldo lies in their subtle characterisation, but also in the way in which they explore the drama of transience.” ****
“You watch the whole performance with a childlike wonder. Totally mesmerised by the sublime interplay and sparkling discoveries. Their empathy is as pure as a child’s smile. As rich as the swelling belly of a pregnant woman. It is all so well-judged in terms of dosing, expression, sensitivity …[...]. Sono io? is a performance that enfolds you like a warm coat.”
“Circus Ronaldo again demonstrates the wide array of styles and shocks of which it is master. And no, there’s no hint of decline..”
"Danny and Pepijn are perfectly on the same wavelength, in terms of both timing and interaction. They provoke generous laughter in the midst of a quiet tear, as only true clowns can.”