• France

  • Magazine

    By John Ellingsworth on 2 May 2012 in Reviews

    In her last show P.P.P. the juggler Phia Ménard worked with ice — a substance that couldn't be held and that couldn't be dropped, and that would, slowly, change its state if left untouched; a substance that was 'unjuggleable'.

    By John Ellingsworth on 23 April 2012 in Reviews

    Performed by four men who will travel the sweat spectrum from dry to damp to sodden in the course of the gruelling 60 minutes they spend under the public eye, Un Loup Pour L'Homme's Face Nord is presented as a series of games or exercises meant to test the physical limits of the group onstage — asking more and more of them until, inevitably, they fail.

    By John Ellingsworth on 18 April 2012 in Reviews

    An off-kilter, sloping trapezoid, broad and low ceilinged, the white chamber of Les Fuyantes is a place where physical space loops, where gravity upends or bifurcates, and where time halts, stretches and snaps.

    By John Ellingsworth on 4 February 2012 in Interviews

    'A dancer is dealing more with the body itself or the body in relationship to the floor — the floor is very important in dance. For the circus artists, yes the body is a tool, but it is not really enough — what the circus artist is doing is experiencing the possibilities of the body in relationship to some simple or complex object, or with some simple or complex space. This is exactly why I’m making my shows with circus artists. Of course they are also puppeteers. They are trying to make alive something that isn’t alive; something that is just a rock or piece of wood. I feel really at the intersection of all these forms — circus, puppetry, theatre, dance.'

    Amid the bustle of Festival Circa, Compagnie 111 director Aurélien Bory talks to John Ellingsworth about new work Geometrie de Caoutchouc, science fiction and the posthuman, mathematics and art, the attraction of circus, and bodies becoming space.

    By Mélissa Von Vépy on 11 November 2011 in Interviews

    'It's not very interesting for the audience to just watch a female character having her own identity crisis, but it takes on another dimension when it comes to wider questions: Who am I? How does my environment affect me? In what sense am I an 'identity'? How do people perceive me?'

    In Miroir, Miroir a suspended aerial mirror is the stage for Mélissa Von Vépy’s work on identity, the unknown, and the symbol of the looking glass. Here she talks about the making of the piece.

    By John Ellingsworth on 9 November 2011 in Reviews

    Going in for the finished version of Circuits Fermés at Auch’s Festival Circa I’d seen it twice before as a twenty-minute presentation, and was stuck with this idea that it was like an opus of juggling études.

    By Geraldine Harris on 22 February 2011 in Reviews

    Last night, during Le Jongleur, Festival Nez Rouges’ penultimate show, I spent some time wishing Nikolaus the juggler would juggle more. Ten minutes into tonight’s festival finale, I am already wishing that Les Acrostiches would juggle less.

    By Geraldine Harris on 22 February 2011 in Reviews

    Le Jongleur is performed for the first time tonight by soloist Nikolaus-Maria Holz, whose CV includes a stint in Archaos and teacher of clowning at top French circus schools Châlons-en-Champagne and Rosny-sous-Bois.

    By John Ellingsworth on 1 December 2010 in Features

    'It's still a tent festival, with chapiteaus by the river, in car parks, hunched low outside the gates of Auch's towering cathedral, at the head of the Parc du Couloume – among the life of the town.'

    Sideshow visits the Southern French town of Auch for Festival Circa, a nine-day programme of student and professional work, and one of the big events on the contemporary circus calendar.

    By John Ellingsworth on 29 November 2010 in Reviews

    As the audience files into the chapiteau, Compagnie Ea Eo are seated at the front of the stage: four young men, dressed casually, slouching a little, watching the influx of people as if from a park bench – as if it all has nothing to do with them.

    By John Ellingsworth on 28 November 2010 in Reviews

    I think I've watched enough physical/visual work now that the concepts of narrative and character have become fully detachable from my understanding of theatre. But, still, you put something else in place: rhythm or formal patterning or just an element of raw, pulsing narrativity that can come from the drama of technical material or the intrinsic communicative power of a moving body.

    By John Ellingsworth on 26 November 2010 in Reviews

    Baguettes, coats, bags of onions, wicker hampers, a double-headed broom, a picture book, coffee cups and saucers, spoons, plastic funnels, cardboard boxes – everything can be juggled, everything will be juggled in Les Apostrophés' lengthy and exhaustively inventive Cabaret Désemboîté.

    By John Ellingsworth on 24 November 2010 in Interviews

    'And we need a tent, a little tent, because we want to present the work in a real proximity with the public – putting them close to tragic sensations, and to fear, and all the sensations we can find in the traditional circus. Theatre now is more in the head, and we try to find physical sensations in the public, letting them react to what happens here on stage.'

    A striking show at Festival Circa 2010, Théâtre d'un jour's L'Enfant Qui... is an oblique, ethereal portrait of an ill child, inspired by the early life of the sculptor Jephan de Villiers. Here Jephan and Théâtre d'un jour director Patrick Masset talk to Sideshow about their collaboration.

    By John Ellingsworth on 24 November 2010 in Reviews

    A boy with a shaved head padding over fine soil. Big coat, big glasses. Big, curious, unblinking eyes. He crawls forward on his stomach and watches visions of giants who climb the trees of the forest and work inscrutably. At first they ignore him, but when a spitting, terrible seizure comes he is lifted bodily in the air, his small feet grasped and made to stamp at nothing.

    By John Ellingsworth on 20 November 2010 in Reviews

    The press copy would have it as the sound of uncorked and irruptive champagne, or of a hissing fuse, but where it's voiced in the production the title phonetic is always this downplaying, cocky exhalation. It's Not So Great, I Dismiss This, I Dismiss You, I Could Do The Same Thing Better And Easier: Pfffffff.

    By John Ellingsworth on 17 November 2010 in Reviews

    The simplest premise: one man likes getting wet, the other does not. The stage is a pool of water three feet deep. Begin.

    By John Ellingsworth on 10 November 2010 in Reviews

    Unquestionably CirkVOST have an excellent wheel. Built from dark metal, two towering rings are joined by an intricate tangled network of ropes, pulleys and looping bars. Old hanging lights cast their glow in the centre; a dark plane of netting stretches the bottom.

    By John Ellingsworth on 5 November 2010 in Reviews

    On the Avenue de l'Yser, just past the laundrette, just before the MacDonalds, down the light slope of a stony drive, movement catches the eye. At first its the black, many-headed silhouette of an active crowd, but then, behind and above, there's a flowing contour of red and white, like the underside of a cloud, shapely and iridescent

    By John Ellingsworth on 2 November 2010 in Reviews

    Ici was my first encounter with Jérôme Thomas, a huge name in circus and new juggling, and it felt as though I'd come too late – that he's an artist who's climbed so high that he's cleared gravity and turns slowly now through outer space, intent on the stars.

    By John Ellingsworth on 30 October 2010 in Reviews

    It's all about the carrots. In a carrot-driven society where everyone wants more carrots and is not content with the carrots they have, human beings are reduced either to unthinking automatons or to cruelly acquisitive, carrot-hungry Machiavellists.

  • News

  • Festivals

    Cie BaroloSolo, O Temps d'O | Photo: GaelGuyon-LeMobiledel'art
    24/05/2013 to 09/06/2013
    Balma – France
    Banquina at the 30th Cirque de Demain
    29/01/2015 to 01/02/2015
    Paris – France
    Cirque Inextremiste, Extrêmités | Photo: Jean Pierre Etournet
    24/01/2013 to 24/02/2013
    Marseille – France
    Zimmermann & de Perrot, Öper Öpis | Photo: Mario del Curto
    07/12/2010 to 17/12/2010
    Douai – France
    Slava's Snowshow
    27/12/2012 to 31/12/2012
    Seine-et-Marnes – France
    Le Filament, Fil'Amor(t) | Photo: Manon Valentin
    04/08/2014 to 09/08/2014
    Libourne – France
    Cirk Vost, Epicycle | Photo: Philippe Cibille
    17/10/2014 to 26/10/2014
    Auch – France
    deFracto, Circuits Fermés | Photo: Pierre Morel
    10/04/2015 to 17/04/2015
    Angers – France
    Baro d'Evel Cirk, Le sort du dedans | Photo: Philippe Laurençon
    27/05/2014 to 31/05/2014
    Pleumeur-Bodou – France
    Compagnie Anomalie & Les Witotos, Mister Monster | Photo: Sabine Delcour
    02/04/2014 to 13/04/2014
    Paris – France
    Mimirichi, Paper World
    31/01/2012 to 08/02/2012
    Saint-Orens-de-Gameville – France
    Compagnie Ieto, Ieto
    20/06/2014 to 28/06/2014
    Antony – France
    Atempo Circ, Atempo
    30/01/2014 to 09/02/2014
    La Seyne-sur-Mer – France
    Collectif Petit Travers, Pan-Pot | Photo: Philippe Cibille
    30/01/2014 to 02/02/2014
    Châteauroux – France
    Atelier Lefeuvre & André, Nil Omnibus
    10/04/2015 to 12/04/2015
    La Courneuve – France
    Jean-Baptiste André, Qu’après en être revenu
    15/08/2014 to 23/08/2014
    Nexon – France
    Les Colporteurs, Les Etoiles | Photo: Alain Chambaretaud
    10/07/2014 to 14/07/2014
    Alba-la-Romaine – France
    Race Horse Company, Petit Mal | Photo: Heli Sorjonen
    31/03/2011 to 03/04/2011
    Lyon – France
    Compagnie Non Nova: P.P.P. | Photo © Jean-Luc Beaujault
    23/06/2011 to 26/06/2011
    Strasbourg – France
    Ea Eo, M2
    25/04/2014 to 03/05/2014
    Obernai – France
    Prise de pied, Thé perché | © Cie Prise de pied
    15/01/2011 to 05/02/2011
    Sevran – France
    Layla Rosa, What If...
    07/03/2015 to 31/03/2015
    Cherbourg – France
    Collectif AOC, Autochtone @ Village de Cirque
    09/10/2014 to 19/10/2014
    Paris – France
  • Training Spaces

    La Grainerie, Balma