Les Dougalls were the husband and wife team of Erwin Steiner and Viviane Chabre. Erwin had previously been a stand out member of the Villams, a five person juggling act that graduated from the Budapest, Hungary circus school in 1956. Below are three photos of the Villams.
In 1962, Erwin left the Villams to form Les Dougalls with his wife Viviane. Viviane, who was from Belgium, was a seventh generation circus artist and the daughter of the famous clown and juggler Joseph “Jojo” Chabre. Jojo had been a member of the juggling troupe Les 3 Readyyng, shown below.
Together, Erwin and Viviane presented a fast-paced tempo act that combined top-level juggling with acrobatics. Erwin was one of the few jugglers of the 1960s and 1970s to perform 6 clubs and 8 rings. Erwin passed away from cancer in 1984. Viviane is still alive today and lives in Belgium. Below are two videos and sixteen photos showcasing their great act and career.