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Through the lens of Philippe Cibille

A genuinely self-taught artist, Philippe Cibille has devoted 45 years to live performance photography in a constant search for perfection, aesthetics, and emotions. After scouring the festivals in the area of his native city of Nancy, he moved to Paris in the 1980s and frequented the capital’s music clubs to photograph jazz legends for the magazine Jazz Hot.

His discovery of the Archaos circus company in 1989 was an artistic revelation. From then on, he devoted himself to recording the evolution of the contemporary circus on film. As a fervent champion of this hybrid art form, Philippe Cibille has an unparalleled ability to capture the perfection of movements, the beauty of transformed bodies, and the very essence of the performances.

Practical information

30 ans de cirque contemporain [30 years of contemporary circus] exhibition
Galerie de la Manufacture, Cité du Livre, Aix-en-Provence
From Saturday 14 January to Saturday 11 March
Free of charge, Tuesday to Saturday from 13h to 18h
Exhibition co-produced with the City of Aix-en-Provence 


Archaos, cirque de caractère - Part I : 1989-1994, l'époque chapiteaux [Archaos, a circus with character - Part I: 1989-1994, the big top era] exhibition
Armand Gatti library, Seyne-sur-Mer
From Friday 6 January to Saturday 25 March
Free of charge, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10h to 18h or by appointment at +33 (0)4 94 28 50 30
Exhibition co-produced with Le Pôle and the Conservatoire TPM


Archaos, cirque de caractère - Part II : 1995-2010, de salles en salles [Archaos, circus with character - Part II: 1995-2010, from one performance hall to another] exhibition
Chapel of the Conservatoire TPM, Seyne-sur-Mer
From Friday 6 January to Saturday 25 March
Free of charge, Monday to Friday from 09h to 21h, Saturday from 08h30 to 16h
Exhibition co-produced with the Conservatoire TPM


Large format prints of the photos of the Archaos, a circus of character exhibition will be displayed on the façade of the Mairie du I-VII (Marseille) and at the Espace Chapiteaux de la Mer (La Seyne-sur-Mer).