Like a swarm of birds, 19 acrobats from the Compagnie XY explore the boundaries of the acrobatic arts and find their inspiration in natural phenomena such as murmurations. This form of communication is most evident in the flights of starlings: a ballet of hundreds of birds in a cloud that is so finely tuned and so dense that it eclipses the sun for an instant...
With this new creation, Compagnie XY seeks to inscribe acrobatic movement into a continuity, a continuum, which permits the reversal and turnaround of situations without there being any clash or friction. The artists evolve in a sensitive landscape that no longer opposes nature and culture or body and mind. A playground open to the four winds.
This is the approach that the choreographer Rachid Ouramdane embraced when he entered this collaboration. By fostering existing resonances, he was able to offer his words, gestures, and vision to the collective.
A true ode to life, Möbius refers us to the absolute necessity of "doing together" as the basis of all forms of subsistence, perpetuation, and invention.
The result is guaranteed moments of grace and poetry...
Collective creation Abdeliazide Senhadji, Airelle Caen, Alejo Bianchi, Arnau Povedano, Andres Somoza, Antoine Thirion, Belar San Vincente, Florian Sontowski, Gwendal Beylier, Hamza Benlabied, Löric Fouchereau, Maélie Palomo, Mikis Matsakis, Oded Avinathan, Paula Wittib, Peter Freeman, Seppe Van Looveren, Tuk Frederiksen, Yamil Falvella
Artistic collaboration Rachid Ouramdane, Jonathan Fitoussi, Clemens Hourrière
Light design and technician Vincent Millet
Costumes Nadia Léon
Acrobatic collaboration Nordine Allal
Head of production Peggy Donck and Antoine Billaud
General management and sound design Claire Thiebault-Besombes
Thanks to Mayalen Otodon, Agalie Vandamme, Catherine Germain, Roser Lopez-Espinosa
Production Compagnie XY
Coproduction Cirque Théâtre d’Elbeuf and La Brèche Cherbourg, national circus center in Normandy / Le Phénix in Valenciennes / Maison de la Danse in Lyon / MC2 in Grenoble / Tandem national theater / La Villette in Paris / Maison de la Culture in Bourges / TEAT – Champ Fleuri in Reunion Island / L'Agora national circus center in Boulazac Aquitaine / Les Gémeaux national theater in Sceaux / Bonlieu national theater in Annecy / Carré Magique national circus center in Lanion, Brittany / Espace des Arts national theater in Chalon-sur-Saône / Le Bateau Feu national theater in Dunkirk / Espace Jean Legendre, Théâtre de Compiègne / Festival PERSPECTIVES for French-German street arts in Saarbrücken, Germany / La Coursive national theater La Rochelle
Residencies Le Sirque national circus center in Nexon / Le Palc national circus center in Châlons-en-Champagne with the support of CNAC national circus arts center / Cirque Jules Verne national circus and street arts in Amiens / CCN in Grenoble / MC2 in Grenoble / Maison de la Danse in Lyon / La Brèche national circus center in Cherbourg / CIRCa national circus center Auch / Tandem national theater in Douai / Cirque Théâtre d’Elbeuf national circus center in Normandy / Le Phénix in Valenciennes Pôle
Möbius has benefited from the support of the Region Hauts-de-France as well as the Ministry of Culture and Communication (DGCA). The Compagnie XY also benefits from support from the DRAC cultural agency for Hauts-de-France.
The Compagnie XY is associated with the Phénix national theater in Valenciennes and the Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf national circus center in Normandy. It has also been supported by the Foundation BNP-Paribas since 2016.
"A new page is turning for Company XY, as it does with every one of their projects. More stripped down, very choreographic, this creation offers new and generous outlets to their acrobatic language, all under the guidance of Rachid Ouramdane, who handles the graceful movements as well as the collapses."
– La Terrasse
"The Collective XY is breathing fresh air into the art of the circus. Möbius is made in their image, infinitely beautiful."
– Les Echos
For close to 15 years, the Compagnie XY has been questioning acrobatic language through the innovative practice of lifts. While relying on the fundamentals of this circus technique, the artists of the collective play with codes, rhythms, and forms as a way to place acrobatics back at the center of the artistic gesture.
As part of this process, the company has chosen to work in large numbers to multiply the creative possibilities and broaden its field of research. This choice also corresponds to an artistic approach that wants to question the concepts of mass and crowds and their interactions in the same space-time. Beyond this, it is also a manner of questioning the relationship of the individual to a group or within a given social environment.
Möbius is the fifth creation of Compagnie XY after Les Voyages (2018), Il n'est pas encore minuit... (2014), Le Grand C (2009), and Laissez-Porter (2005). The success of these previous shows – more than 900 performances worldwide – has thus opened the path to genuine research into physical language and the universes it can compose for audiences.