Traveling Performers Set Sail
All the world's a stage, especially if you're a family of sailing acrobats. When they're not exploring the open sea, Delphine Lechifflart and Franck Rabilier use the mast, boom, and rigging of their 40-foot sailboat to perform acrobatic feats. The couple and their two young daughters live on their boat, La Loupiote, earning money at each port by collecting donations during their free performances.
Since leaving France in 2004, the acrobats have docked their traveling stage in harbors all over the world. Most recently, Lechifflart and Rabilier were spotted in British Columbia and Washington. Their current repertoire includes two 20-minute performances: a Buster-Keaton-inspired sailing parody and a romantic duet.
The troupe will perform in the San Francisco Bay Area through the end of October. Next, they'll continue their voyage down the California coast, reaching Baja by year's end.
--Della Watson/Photo by ashalaTylor.com