L'Absolu

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    France

    Metaphysical circus

  • 1h10
    Under the big top
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Presentation

L’Absolu [The Absolute] is a poetic parenthesis in which the elements – water, air, fire – and materials become veritable partners in the search for the infinite and for the truth. In an absurd universe that is sometimes burlesque, Boris Gibé faces the abyss of the absolute, that which the artist attempts to access while fighting against himself. Absolute, because it is uncatchable to he who wants to master it. In the Silo, a sheet metal big top that includes 100 seating places spread out over a double-revolution staircase, the aerial choreography offers a dizzying experience and a novel angle of observation to better play with the audiences’ perceptions and visual, sensitive, and emotional impressions.

Boris Gibé’s "metaphysical circus" is imprinted with the theatrical universes of Josef Nadj and Tadeusz Kantor in its dark aesthetic, its strangeness, its radicalness: the artist takes the risk and awakens in each of the one hundred people watching, sitting comfortably and safe, a quest to erase the absurdity of the void. Mirror play and optical illusions (important elements of the show’s lighting), reinvented circus apparatuses, contortion, physical performances, raw movement… everything competes to make the solo a hypnotic, intimate affair.

Concept and performance Boris Gibé 
Performers Boris Gibé, alternating with Piergiorgio Milano and Aimé Rauzier
Theatrical consultant Elsa Dourdet
Choreography consultants Samuel Lefeuvre and Florencia Demestri
Costumes and materials Sandrine Rozier
Technical and stage management Quentin Alart, Florian Wenger, and Armand Barbet (alternating)

Sound design Olivier Pfeiffer
Technician Andrea Bozza
Scenography Clara Gay-Bellile and Charles Bédin

Le Silo, an adventure built in collaboration with Clara Gay-Bellile & Charles Bédin – architects, Quentin Alart – structural engineer, Clément Delage, Florian Wenger, Jörn Roesing – construction.
With the precious help of Alain Frérot, Andréa Bozza, Alexis Auffray, Armande Jammes, Bertrand Duval, Clara Charlie, Cécilia Delestre, Cille Lanssade, Gaël Richard, Gérard Naque, Ikram, Jean Camilleri, John Carroll, Kheira Terbah, Marinette Julien, Molly Gruey, Pénélope Demma, Ranka Piffou, Richard Rivers, Sarah Pécout, Suzanne Péchenart, Samuel Bodin, Tiziano Lavoratornovi, Tristan Colafrancesco, Ueli Hirzel, Ulysse Lacoste.

Production Les Choses de Rien with the help of Si Par Hasard  
Coproductions Les 2 scènes national theater in Besançon / Théâtre Firmin Gémier-La Piscine national circus arts center in Chatenay-Malabry / Coopérative De Rue et De Cirque-2r2c in Paris / Cirque Jules Verne national circus and street arts center in Amiens / Châteauvallon national theater / Espace Jean Legendre national theater for the Oise / Compiègne

With support from the Ministry of Culture through the DRAC arts agency for the Ile-de-France / DGCA fund for circus creation / Regional Council for the Ile-de-France / Fondation de La Tour Vagabonde / Lycée Eugène Guillaume de Montbard / SACD – Processus Cirque program / Arts-Sciences atelier in partnership with the L’Hexagone national theater of Meylan and CEA energy agency in Grenoble / the Beaumarchais association, circus writing grant
Residencies La Gare in Marigny-le-Cahouët / CEA in Grenoble / 2r2c in Paris / Le Château de Monthelon in Montreal / Arts Printing House in Vilnius, Lithuania / Les 2 Scènes in Besançon

The Les Choses de Rien is recognized by the Ministry of Culture through the DRAC arts agency for the Ile-de-France.

"A dizzying solo."

– Télérama

"In life, there are moments of grace in which wonder, gratitude, and feelings of belonging to a poetic and exalted humanity are awakened. L’Absolu is one of those moments and one that you should not miss."

– La Gazette

"We went with no expectations. We saw a show that was absolutely incredible and beautiful."

– Sparse.fr

Les Choses de Rien is an association that was created in 2004. It supports and produces Boris Gibé’s performances, in which choreographic language pushes the body to its physical limits. After creating the performance-installation Tripode (2015), the big top shows Le Phare (2006), Bull (2008), Les Fuyantes (2011), and the exhibition Mouvinsitu (in association with the play Bienheureux sont ceux qui rêvent debout sans marcher sur leurs vies, 2014), the company continues its search for an original artistic language that uses questions of movement to examine the nature and possibility of space.

This examination is built around both theatrical writing and acrobatic and aerial techniques from the circus. The theatrical writing is enhanced by the interactions between the different media (set design, sound, light, machinery) that shape the final product.

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