Terces création

  • Johann Le Guillerm


    Stage performance

  • 1h30
    Under the big top
© Philippe Laurençon
© Philippe Laurençon
© Philippe Laurençon
© Philippe Laurençon
© Philippe Laurençon
© Philippe Laurençon



Terces is a form of the French verb "tercer", which means to do the work for the third time. After Secret in 2003 and Secret (Temps 2) in 2012, the show has undergone a new mutation, in the image of a world in perpetual evolution that constantly calls for new interpretations.

Terces is the literal inversion of Secret, a secret that persists in this new opus. We enter Terces as if it were a laboratory where phenomena occur, nourished by new perspectives on the world. The machines work alone, forces never before explored are exposed in objects without technology but with a poetic or utopian energy. These objects seem to be driven by their own strength and join a material world, inviting us to reconsider this universe that has been cultivated by Johann Le Guillerm for 20 years.

Terces is a trace of a thought that concentrates the essential, that crystallizes into matter. It acts as a cosmogony of perceptions and experiences that destabilizes our bearings and induces a type of pareidolia.

Meet the artistic team

At the show on Friday 21 & Saturday 22 January and Friday 4 & Saturday 5 February
Meeting with the artistic team at the end of the performance, open to all audience members.
Duration: from 30min to 1h
Price: Included in the ticket to the performance


French comprehension is recommended.

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 is a circus performer who has a mad talent for unveiling the nature of the world with his strange objects and machines that are on the cusp of being alive."

– Les Inrocks

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.


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