• Merkèn

    France, Chile

    Hair suspension, corde lisse, music

  • 49mn
    Ages 3 and up


€3 - €16

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Six stones, a corde lisse, a system of hooks, two aerial acrobats, and one musician. The trio concocts a sonic substance based on vocal and mineral ingredients. Ropes intertwine like lifelines. The kaleidoscope of subtle balances can burst into motion. Traction, hair suspension, balancing. Each in turn, the bodies, the stones, the sounds become playmates for each other, moorings. Raw, sandy, rocky vibrations are improvised as the aerial movements unfold. Cairns explores the delicate space where pleasure and pain join hands to achieve flight.

Authors and circus artists Solenn Mounès and Pamela Pantoja
Musical composition and performance Marion Curie
Artistic collaboration Derya Aydin
Light design Alice Leclerc
Costume Leo Peralta
Administration - Production Roselyne Burger


Coproduction & residencies Archaos - national circus center (Marseille) / Théâtre du Briançonnais (Briançon) / Théâtre Antoine Vitez (Aix-en-Provence) / Pôle Arts de la Scène – Friche la Belle de Mai (Marseille) Residencies Association ZimZam (La Tour d’Aigues) / Centre Social Grand Saint Antoine (Marseille) / Association Art'Euro (Aubagne)  / Loly Circus (Oraison) / Théâtre Gilgamesh Belleville (Avignon) / Cheval Magique equestrian theater school (Belmont) / Cité des Arts de la Rue (Marseille) / Espace Culturel Jean Blanc – (La Ravoire) / Association Culturelle Sociale et Sportive du Queyras / Théâtre Comoedia - Aubagne (13) / Nickel Chrome - Martigues (13) / La Grainerie - Toulouse (31) / Le Grand Ménage – Cucuron Support DRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (Rouvrir le monde et aide à la création) / SACD - Processus Cirque 2022 / Région Sud – Carte Blanche aux artistes / Département Bouches-du-Rhône – aide à la création / Friche de la Belle de Mai and the Compagnie Fruitière fund / Provence en Scène program from the Bouches du Rhône Departmental Council / Ville de Marseille

The Collectif Merkén was founded in Marseille in 2019 and is composed mainly of women from diverse backgrounds. The collective works on the question of the power to act and the capacities of defense and response to different forms of oppression. Its creations bring to light stories where the intimate and the political become entangled, drawing a plurality of interpretations that participate in the deconstruction of the dominant narratives.

More information (in French)

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