Circus in all its forms2 min
Chinese pole, new magic, vaudeville, juggling...The languages of circus are constantly evolving. A deep dive into this world where risk, dizzying heights and physical prowess give meaning to the staging and choreography.
L’Errance est humaine (“To Wander is Human”) by Jeanne Mordoj
In L’Errance est humaine, Jeanne Mordoj explores the movement of the ephemeral and the fragility of the human condition. She continues her quest for traces, meaning and rituals through a confrontation with her inner voice.
Jeanne Mordoj imagines and performs shows that give shape to a contemporary and intimate vaudevillian performance which reveal the strangeness in all of us.
Lazare Merveilleux by the Blizzard Concept Company
Lazare le merveilleux (“Lazare the Marvelous”) follows the journey of this philosophical poet and his three associates, Hamlet the red balloon, Neptunia the clumsy, mischevious plant, and Gilburd the chubby, clowning bird. A series of surreal scenes and manipulations of painstakingly controlled objects offer an off-kilter perspective on our daily lives.
Created in 2012 by juggler Antoine Terrieux and clown-juggler Julien Mandier, the Blizzard Concept Company develops projects combining new magic, visual arts and circus.
La Chute des anges (“When Angels Fall”) by Raphaëlle Boitel
In an artificial world dominated by tyrannical machines which imitate human behaviour, a child rebels, attempting to lead the enslaved angels around her in a revolt.
Raphaëlle Boitel, director and choreographer, created L’Oublié(e) Company in 2012. His visual universe combines theatre, circus, dance, music and cinema.
Fractales (“Fractals") by Fanny Soriano
The five dancers and acrobats of Fractales form an uninterrupted swirl of bodies, becoming objects and actors in turn, matching their internal states with the outside world and using the languages of mathematics, biology and astrophysics.
Fanny Soriano, founder of the Libertivore company, is developing a body of work which combines circus, dance and research into organic matter.
M comme Méliès (“M as in Méliès”) by Martial di Fonzo Bo
M comme Méliès was developed based on correspondence and interviews with the brilliant inventor of special effects for cinema.
Born in Argentina, Martial di Fonzo Bo was educated in dramatic arts at the École du Théâtre National de Bretagne. An actor, stage designer and director, he runs the Comédie de Caen-Centre Dramatique National de Normandie.
Face Nord (“North Face”) by the Un loup pour l’homme Company
Originally created for four male acrobats, the all-female version of Face Nord offers a unique performance of a show in the form of a circus competition, full of humour.
The company Un loup pour l’homme, created in 2005 thanks to an encounter between Alexandre Fray, a French acrobatic base, and Frédéric Arsenault, a Quebecois flyer, explores the evolution of movements and patterns which cause chain reactions.
Instable (“Unstable") by Nicolas Fraiseau
A performance based on a pole and three supporting wires, Instable depicts the stubbornness of a man who is desperately trying to control an imbalance of his own making.
Nicolas Fraisseau, after discovering the Chinese pole during his training as a juggler at the National Circus School in Châtellerault, perfected his technique at the Rosny-sous-Bois National School of Circus Arts and at the National Circus Centre in Châlons-en Champagne.
La Fuite (“The Escape”) by Olivier Meyrou
Hektor, the battered hero of La Fuite, reinvents the vaudevillian hero of silent cinema, who bravely confronts the ups and downs life throws his way. The acrobat, mime, and dancer finds himself tangled up in a series of inextricable situations and hilarious gags.
Olivier Meyrou, director and producer trained at the FEMIS and recipient of a Sur Mesure residency (formerly Villa Médicis hors les murs), notably produced La Petite File aux allumettes (“The Little Match Girl”) at the Comédie-Française.
Ouverture by Tsirihaka Harrivel and Vimala Pons
The result of an 8-month correspondence with the 13 musicians of the groups Deux boules vanille and La Colonie de vacances, Ouverture consists of a large fresco made up of manuscripts and postcards surrounded by a bewitching sound system.
The show was designed by Tsirihaka Harrivel and Vimala Pons for the inauguration of La Maison des Artistes at La Brèche (Cherbourg-en-Cotentin) on 13th March 2019.
L'Institut français et le projet
These shows are presented at the SPRING Festival, a festival of new circus arts in Normandy.
The Institut français hosts 50 international programmers from 30 countries at the festival as part of its FOCUS Cirque, from 12th to 16th March 2019.
The Institut français FOCUSes support foreign professionals in their discovery of French arts scenes.
Find out more about the Circus FOCUS in the Normandy region.