What if we could dilate the time to live? The Franco-Brazilian collective is rethinking time and considering ways to invest it with a new nature in an attempt to unveil its buried secrets. Open your heart to the urge to press an imaginary button to summon silence, to suspend time for a beat too long, and to evoke a tempest of emotions. Stretching time to offer yourself spaces that can foster the sensation of being suspended, sudden stops, backtracking, and other violent ruptures of normality.
In resonance with our world, where everything is accelerated, Mute is an aerial parenthesis where acrobatic bodies try to escape linear time. But how far can they go? Because disrupting the temporal continuum is not without consequences...
Artists Alluana Ribeiro, Julien Silliau, Tom Proneur, Emilie Silliau
Music and video creation Tom Proneur
Costumes Emilie Silliau and Olivia Grandy
Light design Jérémy Bargues
Artistic consultant Nico Lagarde
Acrobatic coach André Saint Jean
Technical director Eric Poussard
Distribution Christine Weiler – BlueLine Productions
Coproduction Archaos national circus center / Le Pôle – Saison Cirque Méditerranée / Théâtre de Cusset national theater for circus arts and dance creation / the regional theater network for Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes / Centre Chorégraphique National in La Rochelle / Blue Line Productions
With support from Departmental Council of the Var
Residencies Châteauvallon-Liberté national theater / Théâtre de Cusset – national theater for circus arts and dance creation / Regional theater network for Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes / ENACR national circus center in Rosny-sous-Bois / Balthazar circus school / Jules Verne circus school / Le Pôle – Saison Cirque Méditerranée / Centre Chorégraphique National in La Rochelle / CCN2 national choreography center in Grenoble / GOP Variété-Theater in Bonn, Germany
Mute is a collaboration between the SÔLTA company and the Collectif A4.
SÔLTA is a Franco-Brazilian circus company created in La Seyne-sur-Mer in 2013. It was founded by Alluana Ribeiro and Tom Prôneur, who attended some of the most prestigious circus schools in France. After short and intense experiences as performers, in 2014 they wrote their own show, Apesar (despite, in Portuguese). It has been performed in more than 15 countries. For their second creation, Alluana and Tom invited Julien and Emilie Silliau * to take part in the work. This quartet of artists became the Collectif A4 in 2020.
With Mute, the Collectif A4 explores the different possibilities of hitting pause and unearths artistic pearls that are formed with this coveted, imaginary mute button.
*Since their training at circus schools in France and Montreal, Julien and Emilie have been part of several creations by the Canadian company Les Sept Doigts de la Main, including Psy, Traces, Réversible, Queen of the Night). They have participated in the Cirque de Demain on several occasions. After more than 1500 shows for different companies, they decided to create the Collectif A4 with the Sôlta Company.