The world's biggest arts festival, Edinburgh Fringe 2018, is right around the corner. Theatre editor Daniel Perks catches up with performer Antoine Carabinier, who with Cirque Alfonse is bringing Tabarnak to Underbelly Circus Hub this year:

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 is open! For its 71st year, the world’s biggest arts festival descends upon the Scottish capital, bringing with it a series of productions that innovate, imagine and leap into the unknown. Fringe veterans and first timers share stage space, flyer side by side and plaster their posters all over the city to try and entice us in to witness their moments of magic.

Here at Miro Magazine, we are incredibly excited by the biggest offering that Edinburgh has ever seen. Throughout the festival, we will be profiling some of the shows playing this year, as well as reviewing, listing and round up every performance. This is our way of getting to know the theatre companies and performers that are hoping to sell out and share their success.

Next up in our Spotlight feature is Tabarnak, which plays at Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 4 – 25 August 2018. We caught up with performer Antoine Carabinier:

Describe Tabarnak in three words.

‘Circus, Québec, Whacky.’

Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?

‘No we came with Barbu. We are looking forward to coming back with a new show in Edinburgh. We had the chance to perform at the Adelaide Fringe and it was great so we hope that it’s going to be the same in Edinburgh!’

Who else are you most looking forward to seeing while in Edinburgh?

‘It’s going be interesting to see the other Circus shows at the Circus Hub. But we have lots of friends from Québec so it’s going to be nice to see The 7 Fingers with Sisters and also our good friends Le Patin Libre with their show Vertical Influences.’

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 Tabarnak

Who are your inspirations?

‘Our influences come mainly from the people we work with, we are also travelling a lot so to see other performances is great and to see other friends making new projects pushes us as well. We live in a world now that is based on TV, Netflix, social media etc that it feels nice to try to bring something new and fresh with live performance that means something.’

What is your secret to surviving the intense, fast pace of the fringe?

‘We know that the Fringe is like going to war so we have couple of days off near Barcelona to recharge the batteries. I think the secret is to do it full-on and don’t try to preserve yourself because it’s not going to work!’

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 Tabarnak

What are the future plans for Tabarnak?

‘We are planning to tour it everywhere. We are going to Mexico after the Fringe and we are doing a tour in Québec and Europe before Christmas.’

What is the best production you’ve seen in the last 12 months?

Vertical Influences from Le Patin Libre. It’s a unique Ice Skating show and you really need to go see them at the Fringe.’

Is there anything else you want to highlight about Tabarnak?

‘Our show is a multidisciplinary show, it’s not just circus. It’s a mix of live music, theatre, and dance and of course acrobatics! It’s a show that makes people feel good and they can feel the Québec traditions.’



Director: Alain Francoeur

Producer: Cirque Alfonse

Composer: Davi Simard

Design: Nicolas Descoteaux (ligthing); Sarah Balleux (costume)

Cast: Genevieve Morin; Antoine Carabinier; Julie Carabinier; Jonathan Casaubon; Jean-Philippe Cuerrier; Nikolas Pulka; Davi Simard; Guillaume Turcotte; Josianne Laporte

Tabarnak runs at Underbelly Circus Hub as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 from 4 – 25 August 2018. For further information, please visit the venue website.