Dark Circus

Stereoptik

dossier

Created and performed by Romain Bermond and Jean-Baptiste Maillet
Based on an original story by Pef
Artistic collaborator Frédéric Maurin

“Come for the show, stay for the woe“ is the motto of the morbid circus at the centre of STEREOPTIK’S latest piece.
In this sad circus the catastrophes pile up, one number after another. The trapezist crashes to the ground, the animal trainer is devoured by his lion, the human cannonball never returns from outer space. Luckily there’s a clumsy juggler to breathe a little colour into the proceedings. If the circus is dark, the tone is light. Music and images accompany the action and the story is laced with poetic moments and a healthy dose of irony: “Come for the show, stay for the woe.”

The ink drawings that provide the backdrop for Dark Circus, thick and black, resemble photographs in their use of light and contrast. The various techniques used onstage create images of extraordinary beauty and inventiveness. Here, the visual magic of the theatre meets the childlike wonder of the circus. Before our eyes, an urban landscape of buildings and streets transforms into a crowd-filled tent. Lit from above, a drum set becomes a runway to the stars, the neck of a guitar morphs into a stern animal trainer. A few flicks of an eraser and a wild horse is liberated from the ring, spreading poetry in his wake.

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La Comune, CDN
Aubervilliers


Louvre Abu Dhabi
Abu-Dhabi

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La Criée, CDN
Marseille


Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil
Montreuil


Théâtre Forum Meyrin
Genève


Scène nationale de Sénart
Sénart


Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse
Lyon


Centre Pompidou
Paris


Scène nationale d'Aubusson
Aubusson


Tokyo Festival
Tokyo


Xiamen Banlam Grand Theater
Xiamen


Guangzhou Opera House
Guangzhou


NCPA
Beijing (Pékin)


La Pratique
Vatan


L'Espal
Le Mans


Comédie de Béthune
Béthune


Taiwan Internationnal Festival of Arts
Taipei


Théâtre de la Ville
Paris


Théâtre Gérard-Philippe
Frouard


Comédie de Saint-Étienne
Saint-Étienne


Les Scènes du Jura, scène nationale
Dole


Théâtre Edwige-Feuillère
Vesoul


CDN de Tours
Tours


Comédie de Caen
Caen


Roma Europa Festival
Rome


Le Quai, CDN
Angers


Melbourne Festival
Melbourne


Nooderzone
Groningen


L'Archipel
Perpignan


Here Art Center
New York


Théâtre Gérard-Philippe
Saint-Denis


Théâtre de Saint-Quentin, scène nationale
Saint-Quentin en Yvelines


Maison de la Culture
Tournai


La Ferme du Buisson
Noisiel


Théâtre Durance
Château-Arnoux


La Passerelle, scène nationale
Gap


Anthéa
Antibes


Théâtre de Privas
Privas


Théâtre de Charleville
Charleville-Mezières


Le Trident, scène nationale
Cherbourg


La Halle aux Grains, scène nationale
Blois


Hong Kong Art Festival
Hong Kong


Le Maillon, scène européenne
Strasbourg


CDN de Normandie
Rouen


La Criée, CDN
Marseille


Le Monfort
Paris


L'Avant Seine
Colombes


L'Agora
Boulazac


Théâtre des 4 saisons
Gradignan


Théâtre de Laval
Laval


Théâtre du Blavet
Hennebont


Festival BisARTS
Charleroi


Festival Roma Europa
Rome


Théâtre Louis Aragon
Tremblay en France


Théâtre d'Arles
Arles


La Fabrica
Avignon


Theater Spektakel
Zurich


Wiener Festwochen
Vienne


Orbis Pictus
Reims


Festival Perspectives
Saarbrück


L'Astrolabe
Orléans


Service Culturel
Amboise


Théâtre des Bergeries
Noisy le Grand


AME
Montargis


Fontenay en Scènes
Fontenay sous Bois


Théâtre de Cahan
Cachan


Théâtre de l'Agora
Evry


Scène Watteau
Nogent sur Marne


CMA Gérard Philippe
Champigny sur Marne


Tempo Culturel
Craon


Théâtre des Sources
Fontenay aux Roses


London Mime Festival
Londres


Espace Germinal
Fosses


L'Onde
Vélizy


Pôle Culturel
Alfortville


Espace Saint-Exupéry
Franconville


Festival d'Avignon
Avigon