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Christian and Iva: a day in the life of street performers in Zagreb (19 images)

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From 31 May to 6 June the cest is d'best festival celebrated live performance arts in Zagreb with music, street theatre, dance, acrobatics and juggling on the agenda. The streets of the Croatian capital were bustling non-stop with nearly 300 local and international artists, including Christian, 36, and Iva, 32, as pictured by French photographer Julien Faure

This photo-gallery is part of cafebabel.com’s 2011-2012 feature focus on the Balkans, Orient Express Reporter 2, a project co-funded by the European Commission and with the support of Allianz Kulturstiftung.

Christian rehearses his set

Christian, originally from Germany, has lived in Croatia, where he met his wife Iva, for 10 years. This morning, he rehearses the set he will perform live later in the afternoon (Image: © Julien Faure for 'Orient Express Reporter II', Zagreb 2012 by cafebabel.com)

Kikiriki

Christian will be performing his ‘Kikiriki Show’ (‘Kikiriki’ means peanut in Croatian), which he wrote but hardly ever gets the chance to perform on stage. Performing on the street will be a challenge since Christian has performed it only  few times in front of an audience (Image: © Julien Faure for 'Orient Express Reporter II', Zagreb 2012 by cafebabel.com)

Keys

A self-taught pianist, Christian will play the music that accompanies his show (Image: © Julien Faure for 'Orient Express Reporter II', Zagreb 2012 by cafebabel.com)

Focus

(Image: © Julien Faure for 'Orient Express Reporter II', Zagreb 2012 by cafebabel.com)

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Iva and Christian live in a village some twenty kilometres from the capital. They enjoy the calm of the countryside. The downside is that performing in Zagreb requires some extra physical exertion (Image: © Julien Faure for 'Orient Express Reporter II', Zagreb 2012 by cafebabel.com)

Zagreb

(Image: © Julien Faure for 'Orient Express Reporter II', Zagreb 2012 by cafebabel.com)

Iva warms up

(Image: © Julien Faure for 'Orient Express Reporter II', Zagreb 2012 by cafebabel.com)

Class

Twice a week, Iva teaches aerial dance at the Medika cultural centre (Image: © Julien Faure for 'Orient Express Reporter II', Zagreb 2012 by cafebabel.com)

Class II

(Image: © Julien Faure for 'Orient Express Reporter II', Zagreb 2012 by cafebabel.com)

Verify

A final glance at the cest is d’best festival programme (Image: © Julien Faure for 'Orient Express Reporter II', Zagreb 2012 by cafebabel.com)

Daddy cool

Christian puts on his clown costume in front of his captivated children, Hugo, 3, and Buga, 5 (Image: © Julien Faure for 'Orient Express Reporter II', Zagreb 2012 by cafebabel.com)

Scout

Christian scouts out the streets of the Croatian capital for the best spot for his performance (Image: © Julien Faure for 'Orient Express Reporter II', Zagreb 2012 by cafebabel.com)

The show

The ‘Kikiriki show’ tells the incredible story of a man who becomes a peanut vendor. Christian alternates between playing the piano, trumpet and harmonica while imitating the different characters that make up his story (Image: © Julien Faure for 'Orient Express Reporter II', Zagreb 2012 by cafebabel.com)

Nuts

Christian tries to sell peanuts (Image: © Julien Faure for 'Orient Express Reporter II', Zagreb 2012 by cafebabel.com)

Half an hour later...

(Image: © Julien Faure for 'Orient Express Reporter II', Zagreb 2012 by cafebabel.com)

Mummy cool

Iva has put on her stilts for the parade that will take place in the streets of Zagreb. Her children approve of their mother’s new look (Image: © Julien Faure for 'Orient Express Reporter II', Zagreb 2012 by cafebabel.com)

Iva

In the heart of Zagreb, Iva entertains young children along with jugglers, mono-cyclists, clowns and other performers who came solely for the festival (Image: © Julien Faure for 'Orient Express Reporter II', Zagreb 2012 by cafebabel.com)

Iva, Christian and their two children

(Image: © Julien Faure for 'Orient Express Reporter II', Zagreb 2012 by cafebabel.com)

Happy but hectic day

(Image: © Julien Faure for 'Orient Express Reporter II', Zagreb 2012 by cafebabel.com)

This image gallery is part of the third edition of one of cafebabel.com’s flagship projects of 2012, the sequel to ‘Orient Express Reporter’, sending Balkan journalists to EU cities and vice versa for a mutual pendulum of insight

Translated from Zagreb : Christian et Iva, maîtres de la Cro(b)atie

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