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When work, commitment, and pleasure all become one and you reach that deep well where passion lives, nothing is impossible.
— Nancy Coey
Saturday during my visit to the San Francisco Bay Area, I came upon the epitomy of “Do what you love and the money will follow.” It was in the form of La Loupiote Sailing Circus in the harbor in Sausalito, Ca.
French acrobats Franck Rabilier and his wife Delphine Lechifflart and their 2 children travel around the world on their 40-foot sailboat and subsidize their travels by giving acrobatic performances from their vessel, La Loupiote. They have been traveling since 2004. They use the rigging, mast, boom, other parts of their boat to perform aerial acrobatics. They dangle from a long piece of white silk attached to the mast.
They did two 20-minute shows — “The Navigators,” a Buster Keaton-influenced act about inept sailors, and “Between Wing and Island,” a love story. I found them at the Klipper Yacht Harbor in Sausalito. About 100 people showed up for each of the free performances (donation requested). It was just like the “old time” circus coming to town and passing the hat.
Franck went to circus school as a small child, but ended up becoming an engineer. He met his wife, Delphine, while she was attending school in Paris. In 1999, they started their own acrobatic/theatre company. As time went on, they purchased a partially finished sailboat, completed it four years later, and decided to combine their love of sailing with their acrobatics and take their show around the world. Accompanying them on their travels is their 11-year-old daughter, Loeva, and 3-year-old daughter, Ondja. Loeva is home schooled, and the world is her classroom.
They have performed in hundred of harbors since setting sail from France 7 years ago. From the Bay Area, they will sail to Los Angeles, San Diego, Mexico and then on to New Zealand and Australia.
It was a joy to watch a couple who created a life for themselves by following their dreams and passions of art and travel and finding a way to fund it through sharing their art form with the world.
Scheduled Bay Area shows:
- Sept 24 & 25: KKMI, Sausalito, 2 p.m. “The Sailors”; 4 p.m. “Between Wing and Islands”
- Oct 1 & 2: Encinal YC, Alameda, 11 a.m. “The Sailors”; 1 p.m. “Between Wing and Islands”
- Oct 8 & 9: Treasure Island YC, 3 p.m. “The Sailors”; 5 p.m. “Between Wing and Island”
- Oct 14, 15, & 16: South Beach YC, S.F.