The Lucky Guy
“I’m lucky. It was not difficult to choose a profession for me because I was brought up in a circus family, and I always wanted to be a clown. I work together with my father in a duet. He is the best partner I could dream of. I’ve managed to get acquainted and even make friends with my idols: the world clown stars. In my childhood, I learned by watching the records of their performances, and today I invite them to my shows”, – says the circus artist, Anton Franke, a clown.
Anton is a classic example of a circus dynasty. His grandparents were animal handlers, his dad – the principal director, a creative manager, and then the circus director, his mum – a ballerina and a circus choreographer.
He first entered the magical world of the circus arena at the age of six. As a child, he participated in circus sideshows. His father came into the circus in the same way. They both dreamt of becoming clowns.
A successful clown is always a multi-genre artist. Therefore, Anton tried to develop in all directions: sports gymnastics, trampoline, dance, pantomime, music, the circus school in Sweden, theatre directing and acting, etc.
Today, he perfectly masters the art of pantomime and can efficiently perform nonstandard tricks in various circus genres, bringing the audience to smile and give him rounds of applause.
Anton’s dad realized his dream as an author and director of sideshows. When he was the circus director, he enjoyed teaching and training young artists. His favourite project was the duet act with his son, Anton Franke. He left his post as the director of the circus and immersed himself in the artistic life. And he has never regretted it.
The genre, in which Viktor and Anton Franke work, is defined in different ways: Physical Comedy, Burlesque, silent vaudeville, plastic comedy. Their sideshows are always the performances that have an original story and strong directing, extraordinary plasticity and light irony, an excellent technique and, of course, great acting skills. Many of them are so bright that they can be considered artists’ hallmarks. For example, the clown performance Boxing was met with great de-light by the audience. Their sideshow Glass was one-of-a-kind and a mind-blowing act. This performance took first place at the Monte Carlo circus festival.
Victor and Anton Franke’s comic duet (FRANKE & FRANKE) is the laureate of the International Circus Festival in Monte Carlo, laureate and prize-winner of the festivals in Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, Italy, Ukraine, Belarus and China. The couple has won the All-Russian Circus Award, the Clown of the Year.
They create their own, unique world. And whenever they enter the arena, they open the doors to this world for the audience. Bravo, Artists!