Terces création

  • Cirque Ici / Johann Le Guillerm


    Stage performance

  • 1h30
    Under the big top


Terces, an emordnilap of secret, is a form of the French verb "tercer", which means to do the work for the third time. In this new opus, recognizable figures or numbers form the strata of a memory, like a landscape that seems familiar. However, when confronted with upheavals, new readings are facilitated. Structures come to life, organisms are unveiled within analog objects. These living forms, which Johann Le Guillerm has been working on for 20 years, encompass a poetic or utopian energy that will destabilize our reference points and other supposed truisms. 

A cross between a curiosity cabinet and a circus of objects, Terces is a visual laboratory where a person becomes a projection of themselves to create some tangible trace of a fleeting notion that concentrates the essential and crystallizes it into something material.

Terces is an open book that explores a world of perceptions and experiences. It can be seen as pareidolia, a type of place where, suddenly, just because we look at it, a cloud appears to be a person or an animal…

Creation, staging, performance Johann Le Guillerm
Development and musical interpretation Alexandre Piques
Light technician Johanna Thomas
Stage manager Anaëlle Husein Sharif Khalil, Julie Lesas, Franck Bonnot
Production manager Alexandre Laffitte
Light design Hervé Gary
Costumes Paul Andriamanana
Construction Silvain Ohl, Jean-Marc Bernard
Construction assistant Pauline Lamache


Production Cirque Ici

Coproduction The 2 Pôles Cirque en Normandie platform (La Brèche in Cherbourg and Le Cirque-Théâtre in Elbeuf / the L’Agora national circus center in Boulazac, Aquitaine / Le Channel national theater in Calais / Le Volcan national theater in Le Havre / Théâtre de Sénart national theater in Lieusaint / Théâtre de l’Agora national theater in Essonne / Théâtre de Corbeil Essones / Le Carré Magique national circus arts center in Brittany / Cirque Jules Verne national circus and street arts center in Amiens / Archaos national circus center in Marseille / City of Le Mans / Les Quinconces L’Espal national theater in Le Mans / Tandem – national theater in Arras-Douai / Les 2 Scènes national theater in Besançon

Residencies La Brèche national circus center in Normandy / Jardin d’Agronomie Tropicale, Paris / La Fonderie in Le Mans / the L’Agora, national circus center in Boulazac, Aquitaine / Le Channel national theater in Calais / Cirque-Théâtre Elbeuf national circus center in Normandy

Cirque Ici-Johann Le Guillerm is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Communication (DGCA and DRAC Ile-de-France), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Institut Français), the Regional Council of Ile-de-France, the City of Paris, and the Institut Français.

Cirque Ici-Johann Le Guillerm was welcomed by the Mairie de Paris in a research residence at the Jardin d'Agronomie Tropicale (Direction de la Culture and Direction des Espaces Verts et de l'Environnement).

"What happens on the stage is astonishing, majestic, intriguing, fascinating, and strangely poetic, all at the same time."

–  Mathieu Dochterman, Toute la culture.com

Johann Le Guillerm was the featured artist at the 2017 edition of BIAC and played to a sold-out crowd at the Tent Village for a month.

Johann Le Guillerm is a graduate of the first-ever class of the CNAC circus school. He worked with Archaos, participated in the creation of the Volière Dromesko, and co-founded Cirque O. In 1994, he created his own company, Cirque ici, and his first solo show, Où ça?

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

In 2001, he dedicated himself to Attraction, a vast research project that questions balance, forms, perspectives, and movement. Defining himself as an explorer of the realm of perspectives, he shatters the lines that demarcate traditional circus disciplines. Attraction is a project that manifests itself in various forms: a research laboratory, moving sculptures, observation tools, freestanding sculptures, graphic poems, an observatory of flying objects, a show under a big top, a conference-performance… the body of work takes on as many forms as there are construction sites and perspectives.