The circus artist constantly searches for and flirts with their limits, regularly and deliberately skirting danger. Sometimes to the point of physical punishment...
Le Membre Fantôme questions how we look at wounds, those suffered by circus artists. Their bodies are sometimes scarred, damaged, amputated. This show points out the pain that circus artists experience daily during training and performances, hidden from the public, camouflaged. A pain that goes hand in hand with the notion of surpassing oneself.
These three artists brilliantly demonstrate how the circus body, now asymmetrical, remains magnified in space. They prove to us that the path taken, and imposed by the injury, although trying, leads them to surpass themselves, to reinvent themselves, and to go further.
A beautiful life lesson that consists in transforming a weakness, a wound, into a tenfold strength.
With Karim Randé, Fabien Millet, Madeg Menguy, Silvana Sanchirico
Outside perspective Grégory Feurté, Farid Ayalem Rahmouni, Nicolas Bernard, Émilie Bonafous
Music Madeg Menguy
Light technician Emilien Picard
Costumes Suan Czepczynski
Head of production and distribution Mylène Rossez
Coproductions Cirk'Eole in Montigny-les-Metz // Le Carré Magique national circus arts center in Lannion-Trégor // La Verrerie d'Alès national circus arts center in Occitanie // Scène de Rue, Festival des Arts de la Rue in Mulhouse
With the support of La Grainerie in Toulouse // Zépétra circus school in Castelnau-le-Lez // Maison de la Danse in Lyon
"The artists operate with a disconcerting ease and yet, each in their own way, they always remember the risk of injury."
– Le Télégramme
In 2016, following a Korean teeterboard injury, the circus artist Karim Randé decided to have his right foot amputated in order to return to the circus.
He felt an enormous desire to play down the situation and get on with things. During his physiotherapy, he started dancing on crutches and discussed a project for a show with his fellow circus artist Fabien Milet. Fabien had already created a Chinese double pole act with underarm supports and was enthusiastic about the idea of developing the act and adapting the choreographic movement associated with disability.
Little by little, Karim realized that the project couldn't be limited to his own experience, but rather to a concept: while his injury was very conspicuous, for many acrobats, such as for the aerial circus artist Thibault Clerc, it may no longer be visible, but the disability is still very much there.
Karim Randé had found his acting and writing partners, and the BaNCALE company was born!