Le Pas Grand Chose

  • Johann Le Guillerm


    Performed Conference

  • 1h20
    Ages 10 and up
Le Pas grand chose © Elizabeth Carecchio
Le Pas grand chose © Elizabeth Carecchio
Le Pas grand chose © Elizabeth Carecchio
Le Pas grand chose © Elizabeth Carecchio
Le Pas grand chose © Joanne Azoubel
Le Pas grand chose © Elizabeth Carecchio


“While I’m taking stock of the world around me by attempting a global diffraction, why not take stock on what ultimately seems to me like reasonable and irreducibly modest ambition.” Le Pas Grand Chose is a “mental pataphysical attempt” Johann Le Guillerm offers us his mental circus. Or how to create a world starting from the most minimal point, how to reinvent the life oneself so as to not suffer from it but better experience it, think it, live it. 

A utopia? Other than when Johann Le Guillerm is in dialogue with the point, the adventure takes extremely unexpected turns. Accepting to enter into this mind’s refractory meanderings will make us lose our most elementary senses. Imbalance threatens, the spiral is permanent. Because to accept to think against the world is to abandon our a priori  and our a posteriori… The words coming from this so called "manipulator of substancesare an event for he is the man who used to offer us a muteness “almost as famous as his objects and his performances.” Words are gold in this inventive and jubilatory conference about nothing much at all!

With Johann Le Guillerm
Light creation Anne Dutoya
Lighting director Flora Hecquet
Video director David Dubost
Sound creation Alexandre Piques
Video artist Christophe Rannou
Costumes Anaïs Abel
Construction Sylvain Ohl
Set design Alexandra Boucan

Production Cirque ici

Coproduction 2 Pôles Cirque en Normandie – La Brèche à Cherbourg – Cirque -Théâtre d’Elbeuf / Agora/ Le Grand T / Le Monfort Paris / Tandem scène nationale / Théâtre de l’Agora - scène nationale d’Evry et de l’Essonne / Les Treize Arches - scène conventionnée de Brive / Le Volcan – Scène nationale du Havre / CREAC – La cité Cirque de Bègles. Johann Le Guillerm conducted a writing residency a the Monastère de Saorge as part of the Centre des monuments nationaux's "Monuments in Movement" project

Creative residencies Théâtre de l’Agora, Le Channel, Comédie de Caen, 2 Pôles Cirque en Normandie - La Brèche à Cherbourg – Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf

With support from the Essonne Departmental Council

The company is subsidized by the French Ministry of Culture (DGCA and DRAC Ile-de-France), the Ile-de-France Region, the City of Paris and the Institut Français/City of Paris



“It is twisted, quirky, genius, absurd, completely unpredictable, but built with disarming logic.” Le Figaro, Ariane Bavelier, 25 & 26 March 2017

“Johann Le Guillerm didn’t only study acrobatics; he also studied to be a clown. This burlesque dimension, unexplored up until now, breaks out in Le Pas Grand Chose: an unruffled and lunar Buster Keaton-like burlesque show with a balance that is as subtle as that his physical performances of Secret that we know so well.” Le Monde, Fabienne Darge, 25 March 2017

Johann Le Guillerm graduated from the inaugral class of the Centre National des Arts du Cirque. He has worked with Archaos, participated in the creation of Volière Dromesko, and cofounded the Cirque O. In 1994, he created his company Cirque Ici and performed his first solo show, Où Ça? In 2002, he began working on Attraction, a research project that shatters traditional circus disciplines and questions balance, shapes, points of view, movement, and impermanence. He works in the ring (Secret) and with installations (La Motte & Les Imperceptibles – moving sculptures, Les Architextures – self-lifting sculptures, and Les Imaginographes, observation tools). In 2013, he created La Déferlante for the big top at La Vilette in Paris, a long-term piece reminiscent of the monumental creation Attraction.

Johann Le Guillerm won the Grand Prix National du Cirque (1996), the Prix des Arts du Cirque SACD (2005) and the Grand Prix SACD in 2017, for the totality of his work.

website (in French)

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