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Le vertige du papillon (2004)

Jun 11 2004 Sophie Tessier



A butterfly breaks free of its chrysalis for a single day of life and sees the world through a prism of over-bright colours. What we too often take for an elegant carefree dance, from tree to flower, is in fact only a symptom of the butterfly’s dizziness: the instant that precedes its fall.


Le Vertige du Papillon, the third show by the circus company Feria Musica, brings together seven acrobats-trapeze artists and four musicians, in a mixture of harmony and turbulence, take-off and imbalance; between fall… and rebound. Together they confront instability, tell us about it and explore its infinite variations: I seize you around the waist, you lose yourself in suspended flight, he or she suddenly springs off the trampoline, we dance… Together they enjoy outsmarting the circus, venturing into forbidden zones, such as that, for example, of an acrobat subject to an irresistible dizziness. Then dance is born from the fall, and the circus is reborn from the dance. And if that makes the show somewhat “impure” and impossible to classify, it is nevertheless total, both successive and simultaneous.


Le Vertige du Papillon is choreographed by Fatou Traoré and mixes music, dance and circus in a stage area enriched with many possibilities, equipped with trapdoors and secret exits. Masts and an aerial cradle rise up somewhere between earth and sky, the front of the stage is a slope, a removable dance floor pulls back to reveal a trampoline. Ephemeral encounters happen, movements are interrupted; imbalance offers new trajectories, triggers a series of events, and encourages the use of various circus techniques: juggling, swinging aerial silk, Chinese pole, aerobatics. Throughout, in the ceaseless movement of bodies, can be discerned the shimmering of a butterfly wing.


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Choreography and direction Fatou Traoré

Artistic direction Philippe de Coen

Music direction François Garny

Composition and arrangements François Garny, Manuel Hermia et Benoît Louis

Stage design Philippe de Coen, Bruno Renson et Serge Simon

Lighting Philippe Baste

Sound Nicolas Haber

Costumes Françoise Van Thienen, assistée de Delphine Joly, Marie Nils, Serge Simon et Sylvie Thevenard.

Light technician Serge Simon

Stage technician Arnaud Bernard

Administration Benoît Louis

Tours and promotion Céline Maufra

Acrobats Gaël Bernier, Anke Bucher, Linde Hartman, Anna Nilsson, Serge Lazar, Kiluangi Runge, Niels Seidel

Musicians François Garny, Manuel Hermia, Benoît Louis, Miguel Sanchez, Michel Seba

Dance trainers Oliver Koch, Samuel Lefeuvre, Roberto Oliven, Fatou Traoré, Michèle Yang.

Circus trainers Slava Kukushkin, Stéphanie Lamoureux, Yuri Sakalov, Philippe Van de Weghe.


Show produced by Feria Musica, in coproduction with La Coursive, scène nationale de La Rochelle (F), Le Phénix, scène nationale de Valenciennes (F – en partenariat avec Lille 2004, Capitale européenne de la culture), Les Arts à la Rencontre du Cirque, Ville de Nexon, Haute-Vienne/Limousin (F), Le Pôle cirque Cévennes/Cratère, scène nationale d’Alès (F), Les Halles de Schaerbeek (B), La Maison de la Culture de Tournai/Circulons! (B/F), La Maison de la Culture de Nevers et de la Nièvre (F), Agora, scène conventionnée de Boulazac (F), Het Huis voor Kunsten op Straat, Neerpelt (B)

With the support of Communauté française Wallonie-Bruxelles (Service des Arts de la Scène, Comité de Coordination « Lille 2004 » and Commissariat Général aux Relations Internationales), de la Loterie Nationale et de la COCOF.

Special thanks to Centre Communautaire de Joli-Bois and la Commune de St Gilles (Bruxelles)


© Photos Vincent Rahier, Frédéric Latinis, Pascal Ducourant, Antoinette Chaudron

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