LEO is a mind-bending, funny, surreal, and surprisingly touching work about a seemingly ordinary man whose world literally gets turned upside down. It challenges the senses and tests perceptions of reality through the clever interplay of live performance and video projection and leaves audience members wondering which way is up and which way is down.
The multi-award-winning show was based on an original idea by Berlin performer Tobias Wegner and was directed by Montréal actor and director Daniel Brière.
After a first preview phase in Juli 2011 at the CHAMÄLEON, LEO debuted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2011. Since then, LEO has won several major awards including the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, the Three Weeks Editors Award, the Scotsman Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and more recently, won the John Chataway Award for Innovation at the 2013 Adelaide Fringe Festival. LEO has dazzled audiences and critics around the globe and is currently touring internationally.
The show LEO is presented within the series of guest performances PLAY. The program is a powerful and contemporary homage to circus. Young, up-and-coming companies from Germany, cool insider tips, and renowned award winners from the last festival year perform in the span of two months. The scheduled pieces represent a wonderful collection of different circus styles, are all outstanding creations, and a unique opportunity to travel the world of New Circus without a moment's stress.
„Absolutely brilliant!” Three Weeks / UK
„Clever, verspielt and extrem witzig“ Berliner Morgenpost / Deutschland
“Brilliant, charming, clever... one man’s quest for freedom takes Leo and the audience on a fantastical, memorable journey together“ Associated Press / USA
“It’s an eye-teasing, grin-inducing, deeply impressive work of sustained absurdist magic.” Time New York / USA
“There’s a playfulness to the delivery and a warmth to the narrative that makes it a fantastic festival outing for families. A small festival gem” The Guardian / UK
“LEO is a superb physical one-man show that is highly likely to have you on your feet by the end, giving a standing ovation. The show is mind-bending, illusionistic and spellbinding.” The Edinburgh Reporter / UK
Directed by: Daniel Brière
Original Performer/ Idea: Tobias Wegner
Creative Producer: Gregg Parks
Lighting and Set Design: Flavia Hevia
Video Design: Heiko Kalmbach
Animation realized by: Ingo Panke