As individualism carefully undoes the ties that bind us and people get lost in endless identity politics or break off into online virtual communities, how can we create a common thread, keep going and strike a balance (albeit tenuous) as we face down an uncertain future? How can we cease to be individuals against each other to become individuals with each other? Because circus requires partner performers to show total confidence in each other when faced with danger and has inherited a group mentality forged through constant travel, it truly brings the concept of “being together” to life. As our shared experience splinters apart, artists convey a utopian vision of a world where men and women stand in solidarity with one another when everything around them is about to collapse, speckle the everyday with their simple joys or demonstrate the strength of the collective faced not just with adversity but with joy and moments of conviviality too.
In Celui Qui Tombe, Yoann Bourgeois seeks to delve deeper into a unique theatrical vision by taking a central theme to its extreme: a situation born out of interrelated strengths. The scenography he has designed for this project is a floor, specifically a simple plank mobilised using various mechanisms (balance, centrifugal force, oscillation and so on). Five individuals (a sort of pared-down version of humanity) are located on the floor, trying to stay upright. They react to physical conditions and never initiate movement.
It is at the meeting point of bodily mass and a condition that a situation arises. Multiple physical principles require multiple situations.
Conception, mise en scène et scénographie Yoann Bourgeois
Assistance artistique durant la création Marie Fonte
Interprètes Marie Bourgeois, Julien Cramillet, Kerem Gelebek, Jean-Yves Phuong, Sarah Silverblatt-Buser
Travail vocal Caroline Blanpied, Natalie Perez, Jean-Baptiste Veyret-Logerias
Lumière Adèle Grépinet
Son Antoine Garry
Costumes Ginette, Sigolène Petey
Réalisation scénographie Nicolas Picot, Pierre Robelin et Cen Constructions
Régie générale David Hanse
Régie plateau Alexis Rostain, Étienne Debraux
Régie lumière Didier Barreau, Julien Louisgrand
Régie son Benoît Marchand
Acrobats are people who constantly adapt: life is movement. Nothing is permanent here except constant transformation. As performers of a curious circular evolution in which bodies intermingle and intertwine, the six performers express their virtuosity by constantly maintaining a precarious balance. These experts in a science rooted in holding and watching which binds routine and improvisation inextricably together design a future where lasting the course is what counts most. Keeping on playing is key, to put it a different way.
The performers of Rare Birds always remember to bend – much like a reed – rather than resist, to adapt structure and shift supports offering a state of presence, nudity and acuity that is so special to circus.
Créateurs interprètes Alexandre Fray, Arno Ferrera, Mika Lafforgue, Sergi Pares, Frédéri Vernier, Špela Vodeb
Direction artistique Alexandre Fray
Coordination artistique Miriam Kooyman
Regard extérieur Floor van Leeuwen
Conseil dramaturgique Bauke Lievens
Création sonore Jan Benz & Steffen Lohrey
Création lumière Florent Blanchon
Costumes Jennifer Defays
Régie Pierre-Jean Faggiani et Laurent Mulowsky
Administration Caroline Maerten
Diffusion Lou Henry
Remerciements Jan Steen, Jozef Frucek et Linda Kapetanea / Rootlessroot
Un Loup pour l’Homme est membre de Filage.
Production Compagnie Un Loup pour l’Homme
Réalisation Unité de production audiovisuelle du Centre national des arts du cirque (CNAC) - Châlons-en-Champagne/Anne-Laure Caquineau
In the cloistered space of the circus tent, a singular community lives out its dreams of escape and collective flight. Driven by the gargantuan appetite of a wise-woman called Connerie (which translates to “Bungle” in English), Les Dodos have always battled to make sure the toast doesn’t land jam-side down. The outer world’s hostility has condemned them to frantically invent rather shabby survival mechanisms. Out of their fragility and boundless imagination emerge improbable attempts to escape gravity.
From hand balancing to trapeze, acrobatics, Chinese rings and absurd rites, they learn from all the different possibilities and laugh away their fears and conflicts with an unshakeable naivety and insolent humour.
Music is their breath, and everything from violins to double bass, and guitars especially, is there to provide it. Endless variations of string instruments and bodies create acrobatic movements and perilous tumbles.
Les Dodos defend their dreams tooth and nail and share with the audience, in the warm spotlight of the tent, a priceless fight: the fight to exist, for the course of the show, as an act of resistance!
Création collective Alice Barraud, Pablo Escobar, Basile Forest, Louison Lelarge et Charly Sanchez
Accompagnés à la mise en piste par Sky de Sela, Christophe Lelarge, Danielle Le Pierrès
Régisseur chapiteau/lumières Maël Velly
Technicien plateau Marco Le Bars ou Christophe Lelarge ou Alex Olléac
Conception/construction, scénographie Guillaume Roudot
Création lumières Dominique Maréchal
Accompagnement pour les costumes Anouk Cazin
Administration Marie Münch
For its fifth creation, Compagnie XY wants to explore the limits of acrobatics by seeking out analogies with natural phenomena such as murmuration. This is a mode of communication most obviously observed in flocks of starlings. This ballet performed by hundreds of perfectly synchronised, dense gatherings of birds can eclipse the sun for a brief moment.
The collective is using this as its inspiration as it researches acrobatic language. It does this by inscribing circus performance within perpetual movement to create a “continuum” in which reversals and changes of directions are permitted without the performers having to find themselves in opposition.
The bare, immaculately white stage is presented as an endless space which is emptied and refilled in a flash and where action is actually a chain reaction. In this place of heightened awareness, nature and culture as well as body and mind are no longer located in opposition. This approach resonated with the work of Rachid Ouramdane, so this collaboration was a natural fit for the choreographer to offer his own words, movements and perspective to the collective.
Truly an ode to life, Möbius reminds us of the absolute necessity of making “doing it together” the foundation of everything we attempt, from surviving to perpetuating life and inventing.
Création collective Abdeliazide Senhadji, Airelle Caen, Alejo Bianchi, Arnau Povedano, Andres Somoza, Antoine Thirion, Belar San Vincente, Florian Sontowski, Gwendal Beylier, Hamza Benlabied, Löric Fouchereau, Maélie Palomo, Mikis Matsakis, Oded Avinathan, Paula Wittib, Peter Freeman, Seppe Van Looveren, Tuk Frederiksen, Yamil Falvella
Collaborations artistiques Rachid Ouramdane, Jonathan Fitoussi, Clemens Hourrière
Création et régie lumière Vincent Millet
Création costumes Nadia Léon
Collaboration acrobatique Nordine Allal
Direction de production Peggy Donck et Antoine Billaud
Régie générale et son Claire Thiebault-Besombes
Remerciements à Mayalen Otodon, Agalie Vandamme, Catherine Germain, Roser Lopez-Espinosa
Production Compagnie XY
Seven Belgian, Danish, French, Norwegian, Dutch and Portuguese acrobats specialising in Chinese pole arts are taking their discipline to the next level, time and time again. In the heart of a forest of rubber and steel, they fill the space with a minutely precise collective practice.
The word monster comes from the Latin “monstrare”, which is the verb “to show”. This performance – a fairground freak show - discusses how the individual can be a monster to the collective, and how the collective can fulfil the same role for the individual. Defying physics, the acrobats gravitate between fear and courage, getting as close as physically possible to one another as part of a spectacular, virtuosic vast movement. Together, they take ownership of a shared fight against their demons big and small.
Auteurs Valia Beauvieux, Anatole Couety, Jesse Huygh, Benjamin Kuitenbrouwer, Cathrine Lundsgaard Nielsen, Lisa Ødegaard, Catarina Rosa Dias
Interprètes Valia Beauvieux, Anatole Couety, Jesse Huygh en alternance avec Cyril Combes, Benjamin Kuitenbrouwer, Cathrine Lundsgaard Nielsen en alternance avec Constance Bugnon, Lisa Ødegaard, Catarina Rosa Dias
Musique Simon Toutain
Regards complices Olivier Letellier / Philippe Perrin / Fabian Wixe
Création lumière Carine Gérar
Création costume Fanny Gautreau
Régie générale et plateau Maxime Burochain
Régie lumière Clara Marchebout puis Etienne Soullard
Régie son Frédéric Le Gras en alternance avec Thibaud Rocaboy
Admisistration, production Laurence Edelin et Justine Gallan
Hurt me Tender invents a multi-dimensional world in which everything is up in the air – beings, emotions, hopes and fears – to talk to us about tenderness, friendship, hope and anger. Around the refrain of "Je t’aime... moi non plus", the acrobats explore falling as movement, causing each other to tumble and catching each other as a form of increasing violence, all to a rock soundtrack provided by three musicians on the stage’s edge.
CirkVOST’s speciality – aerial acrobatics – uses two Korean parallel bars, trapezes and an upright, all of which are used to meet an objective of deconstructing the discipline. Frenetic music seems to provide the energy the acrobats need to launch themselves in the air, come up against each other and accept defeat as they live an ecstatic moment high up in the air.
Avec Tiziana Prota, Océane Peillet, Cécile Yvinec, Jean Pellegrini, Arnaud Cabochette, Elie Rauzier, Sébastien Lépine/Sébastien Bruas, Benoit Belleville, Jef Naets, Théo Dubray, Lionel Malric/Fabien Soletti, Kevin Laval/Benjamin Nogaret, Johann Candoré
Technique Frédéric Vitale, Christophe Henry, Simon Delescluse, Maxime Leneyle
Regards extérieurs chorégraphiques Florent Bergal assisté de François Juliot
Regard extérieur acrobatique Germain Guillemot, concepteur acrobatique Cirque du Soleil
Costumes Anaïs Forasetto
Création lumières Simon Delescluse et Christophe Schaeffer
Structure CirkVOST et SideUp Concept
Soutiens, Coproductions et résidences Le Ministère de la Culture/DGCA, DRAC Occitanie, Région Occitanie, Département du Gard, PEDIDAM La Verrerie d'Alès - Pôle National Cirque Occitanie, EPCC du Pont du Gard, Transversales – scène conventionnée cirque / Verdun, Centre culturel Pablo Picasso, Réseau CIEL – Lorraine, CIRCa Auch, Pôle National Cirque Occitanie, Le cirque Jules Verne - Pôle National Cirque Amiens-Métropole, Le Théâtre Firmin Gémier - La Piscine / Antony, Les villes de Frontignan, des Salles du Gardon et de la Grand'Combe