Introduction

INTRODUCTION

It's already the third edition of the Biennale! We have travelled far and wide to find new companies that are revolutionizing the circus arts so we can offer audiences a magical, poetical, and spectacular 2019 Biennale Internationale des Arts du Cirque. The festival will feature 272 performances of 65 different shows, including 30 world premieres.

Thanks to our growing number of partners, the entire Sud Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region will come alive to the rhythm of the circus. More than 40 cities will host events, from Arles to Nice, from Briançon to Martigues, from Gap to Grasse, and at twelve different sites in the Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolis.

The Biennale Internationale des Arts du Cirque (BIAC) is quickly becoming an essential event for circus professionals from around the world and it plays a key role in developing the international contemporary circus scene, while also contributing to the economic activity of our territory.

One of the main attractions for audiences during the first two editions of the biennale was the Tent Village in Marseille. This will installation, located beside the sea, will once again be the heart of the event. At this remarkable site, you will be able to see the Welsh artists NoFit State Circus who were such a smash hit during the 2015 edition alongside seven other French and international companies who will present their latest creations.

Two other special tents will be erected at the Théâtre du Centaure in Marseille: the Silo tent, a curious stage construction developed for an original creation by the  Compagnie Les Choses de Rien and Théâtre du Centaure's black tent that will be home to their latest creation.

Raphaël Navarro and the 14:20 company are a driving force behind the Magie Nouvelle [New Magic] movement that is embracing an artistic approach that bewilders the senses and distorts reality.  We offered this artist a carte blanche to create showcase of the very best from this new domain, with his creations and those of other artists, which will be featured at the Friche Belle de Mai, at the MuCEM, and the La Criée theatre in Marseille.

The circus, which is at the vanguard of artistic innovation, is adopting new technologies, notably with the "Mirages et Miracle" exhibition by Adrien M. and Claire B that will be at the Cité du Livre in Aix-en-Provence for one month; other creations featuring new technologies will also be featured throughout the biennale.

Over the past 40 years, women have been playing an ever-more-important role in the creation and production of contemporary circus performances. Tatiana Mosio-Bogonga, Tilde Björfors, Charlène Dray, Raphaëlle Boitel, Marlène Rubinelli-Giordano, Mélissa Von Vépy, Fanny Soriano, and many other strong and inventive female artists with ambitious, ground-breaking projects are helping to re-invent the circus. These artists have been given a place of honor in this edition of the biennale.

In 2017, the Biennale Internationale des Arts du Cirque attracted 112 000 people; for the 2019 edition, the Biennale team is eager to welcome even larger crowds, both in Marseille and across the region, and let them discover the creative marvels of the contemporary circus.


Raquel Rache de Andrade and Guy Carrara
Co-Directors of Archaos, Pôle National Cirque (French national circus center)
and of the Biennale Internationale des Arts du Cirque