Emma Verbeke and Corentin Diana, two young artists from the CNAC national circus arts center, perform a physical duet in a constantly evolving space. They search for the verticals that will hold them upright and try to determine their relationship to a shifting ground, an unstable earth.
Their playground is a suspended wooden and metal object that is designed like a system of Russian dolls. It rises, splits, rolls, and swings, and with her aerial straps, Emma tends to escape into the air, to become inebriated with spirals and suspensions. These altering landscapes are both visual metaphors and the context of their relationship. It is a piece of land, a horizon, a ceiling, their gallery...
From balance to imbalance, with ardor and elegance, A Nos Vertiges [To Our Vertigo] never stops adapting its movements and interacting with instability. As a result, these two artists compose and recompose places, spaces, and time, both the meaning and the tenuous thread of their story, the rough sketches of their portrait...
By and with Emma Verbeke and Corentin Diana
Outside artistic consultant Mathurin Bolze
Playwright Samuel Vittoz
Model for stage design Didier Goury
Lighting design Clément Soumy
Sound design Philippe Foch and Jérôme Fèvre
Stage manager, technical director Antonin Chaplain
Costume design Gabrielle Marty and Sofia Benchérif
Special thanks to Julien Mugica and the CNAC national circus arts center workshop program
Production Compagnie Les Mains, Les Pieds et La Tête Aussi.
Residencies and coproductions Cirk’Eole in Montigny-Les-Metz / MA national theater in Pays de Montbéliard / L'Agora national circus center in Boulazac Aquitaine / the La Garance national theater in Cavaillon / CIRCa national circus center in Auch Gers Occitanie / the 2 Pôles Cirque platform in Normandy - Cirque-Théâtre Elbeuf.
With the support of the DRAC cultural agency for the Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.
Emma Verbeke and Corentin Diana work with the Compagnie MPTA and the La Garance national theater in Cavaillon.
"À Nos Vertiges (...) is utterly fascinating as the movements of the immense swings force the bodies to undertake a constant search for balance."
– La Revue du Spectacle
Created in Lyon in 2001, the Compagnie Les Mains Les Pieds et La Tête Aussi is dedicated to creating, developing, and promoting the contemporary circus arts.
Alternating between research, directing, performance, and artistic oversight, Mathurin Bolze never stops questioning the art of movement and the art of the stage, all with the belief that artistic and human affinities are the driving force behind the creative pursuit.
Whether they are original creations, artistic collaborations, or projects that have blossomed from amicable encounters, the company’s performances are regularly presented in France and internationally. Bolze is regularly entrusted with overseeing events or given a carte blanche because as an artist, performer, and designer, he encompasses a vast network of artists and engages with a myriad of new works.