As a Tiger in the Jungle is produced by an international partnership between Ali Williams, ex-Artistic Director of the pioneering Welsh circus company NoFit State, and Norwegian company Circus Xanti.
When Renu was 5 years old and Aman was 6, they were taken from their Nepalese villages and sold into circus across the Indian border, where they faced beatings and emotional abuse amid exhausting four-show days.
They were eventually rescued – Aman at the age of 9 and Renu when she was 14 – by members of ChoraChori Nepal, a charity set up to secure the freedom of Nepalese child slaves.
Renu and Aman joined a group of ex-circus slaves who decided to make positive use of the skills once forced upon them to form Circus Kathmandu, dedicated to making socially conscious, contemporary circus – as opposed to that of the traditional Indian circuses from which they had been freed.
The 13-person Circus Kathmandu developed their intense circus training into artistic expertise with help from international volunteers, including Ali Williams, who joined the company in 2013 for a year-long sabbatical. She worked with Sverre Waage from Circus Xanti to arrange an international tour for Circus Kathmandu’s first full-length show, Swagatam (‘Welcome’), which included stops at the Circus Village Festival, the Circus Big Top at Glastonbury Festival and PIT.
Skilled and darkly shining fantasy of recovery, reclamation and stolen childhoods. Grittily beautiful, sad and brave. As a Tiger in The Jungle is a production that shines with an inner fire. – Katharine Kavanagh, The Circus Diaries, UK
As a Tiger in The Jungle is likely to have an unforgettable life-long profound effect on you. – Tom Caldino, Theatre Reviews, UK
Performed in English
Text and dir: Sverre Waage
On stage: Renu Ghalan Tamang, Aman Tamang, Loan TP Hoang
Composer: Per Zanussi
Scenography and costumes: Rhi Matthews
Cirkcusrig design: Tarn Aitken
Light design: Leif LePage
Choreographic consultant: Hanna Filomen Mjåvatn
Creative producer: Ali Williams
A Cirkus Xanti production in cooperation Ali Williams Production (Wales).
Co-producers: Bærum Kulturhus (Norway), NoFit State Circus (Wales), PIT (Norway) og Chora Chori (Nepal/England).