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Focus Cirque

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The program

Created by the Institut français, Focus events aim at introducing international programmers to new trends in French artistic creation. Organized in order to impulse new synergies and facilitate French production and creation, these meetings are scheduled during a few days alongside major performing arts events in France. This Circus Focus will bring together 20 programmers and stakeholders from Asia and Latin-America.
From 1st until 4th February 2017, the Institut français, in partnership with the International Circus Biennale in Marseille and with the French Embassies cultural services abroad, will show the great vitality of the newest French Circus scene to Latin-American and Asian programmers.
They will discover new french artists as Clément Dazin, Groupe Bekkrell, Cie Attention Fragile, Cie Libertivore and Lonely Circus, and the latest artistic innovations of well-known french circus artists as Jérôme Thomas and Les Colporteurs, or a surprising classic music piece with tightrope walker of Ensemble Télémaque. Also will be presented a new version of Camille Boitel’s first performance, L’Homme de Hus, and a focus on Johann Le Guillerm – Cirque Ici works, with Secret 2 performance and his two expositions.
As participants will attend encounters with artists and French professionals, FOCUS will enable them to share experiences and expertise about Circus field, which is getting more and more structured across Europe.


Catherine Faudry, Project Manager Circus, Street Art, Puppets


Download the program Focus Cirque of the passed years

How to register

This Focus is intended for specific programmers and stakeholders of Circus and Performing Arts fields, selected by the French Embassies abroad or by the Institut français in Paris.

The Partners

  • Biennale Internationale des Arts du Cirque

    The second edition of the Biennale Internationale des Arts du Cirque will take place from Janaury 21 to February 19, 2017. It will welcome audiences at the phenomenal Tent Village that will be specially created on the Prado beaches in Marseille and at venues across the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region.
    More than 85 000 spectators are expected to attend events and discover an exceptional program of circus performances from regional, national, and international companies. In total, 59 companies (including 11 regional and 13 international) will present 260 performances of 63 distinct shows, including 26 that are either world premieres or part of the Biennale's creative development platform. For the 2017 edition, the Biennale has continued its commitment to the region by partnering with 45 cultural institutions and 27 cities to present performances.
    "The Biennale is now established as a major cultural event that enhances the region's reputation and adds to its appeal. This appeal is for both local audiences, who can enjoy a tremendous circus program that is accessible for everyone, and for national and international audiences who will use the events as an occassion to visit our region," say Raquel Rache de Andrade and Guy Carrara, the co-directors of Archaos–Pôle National Cirque Méditerranée and the Biennale.
    As in 2015, the Biennale will host a Professional Forum that has become a veritable marketplace as more than 500 festival programmers will come from around the world to discover new works and premiere performances .
  • Ministry of Culture and Communication

    The Ministry of Culture and Communication aims to make the major works of humanity—and especially those of France—accessible to the largest number of people possible. As such, it maintains a policy of conservation, of protection, and of development of all components of French cultural heritage.  It promotes the creation of works of art and of the mind and the development of art practices and education.  It contributes, in conjunction with the other ministries, to the development of the artistic and cultural education of children and young adults throughout their entire development. It encourages local cultural initiatives, develops links between cultural policies of the state and those of regional governments, and participates as such in the definition and implementation of government policy in the field of decentralization. It monitors the development of cultural industries and contributes to the development of new technologies for sharing cultural creation and heritage. It implements, in conjunction with other related ministries, the actions of the State destined to ensure the influence throughout the world of French culture and artistic creation.  It contributes to cultural initiatives outside of France and to initiatives relating to the establishment of French cultural initiatives throughout the world.