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It was a big finish for the School's graduates at the 34rd Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain on Sunday, January 27th in Paris, Guilhem Cauchois and Sarah Tessier, 2012 graduates of the National Circus School, won a gold medal for their fixed trapeze number. They also garnered a host of special awards: President of the Republique prize, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey prizes, the SACD prize and the Circus Club prize. Angelica Bongiovonni, 2011 graduate, won a silver medal for her Cyr Wheel number, along with the Moulin rouge and Costume prizes. A bronze medal was awarded to Eric Bates, 2011 graduate, for his cigar boxes juggling act.
The four graduates medalists of this 34th edition work for Canadian circus companies. Guilhem Cauchois and Sarah Tessier are part of the cast of Totem from Cirque du Soleil, Angelica Bongiovonni is in the new creation of Cirque Éloize, Cirkopolis, while Eric Bates evolves in Sequence 8 of the 7 fingers.
The Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain is the most prestigious circus arts competition in the world. Each year it celebrates the talent of circus artists from all continents at the dawning of their careers.
These are not the first laurels brought home by School. Over the years more than 50 students and graduates of the School have taken the podium, winning up to 40 medals and special prizes, including seven gold, fourteen silver and nine bronze medals. In 2012, two duos of graduates of the School won the gold medals; Ugo Dario and Maxim Laurin (2011 graduates) for their Korean board number and Héloïse Bourgeois and William Underwood (2005 graduates) for their Chinese pole duo.