Thirtieth promotion of the Centre national des arts du cirque (Cnac) in Châlons-en-Champagne, the thirtieth nice surprise. Year-to-year, it is thanks to these shows how the circus has evolved. Many of the pages have turned, and between circus, dance, theatre and music, many of the gateways have been created.

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F(r)iction , their latest creation, is a perfect example. Designed by Antoine Rigot, circus training, and Alice Ronfard, coming of the theatre, combined with a musical composition of Gaspard Panfiloff. The 17 artists on stage take us on a walk to the romantic, and technical. A fantastic world, with some lengths, which should be tightened, but that proves that we can offer the high-wire act – and even the very high-flying with the trapeze swinging of the Swedish Sandra Reichenberger – on a tone decidedly poetic.

Vaulting out of time

Between these students, we feel a strong bond, almost tribal, strengthened by years of collective work in which each was able to find his place. Fortunately, F(r)iction avoids the pitfalls of the experimentation and / or improvisation sterile. On the contrary, we are witnessing a true work of composition where, in a landscape out of time, a growing number of anecdotes. The room allows winks funny, the image of the pastiche of the not of four of swan Lake . Flying trapeze, Cyr wheel, acrobatics, chinese pole, toggle, Korean… All the traditional ingredients of the circus are there, but in packaging that is as innovative as enchanting.

*Paris la Villette until 17 February, Charleville-Mézières, from 19 to 22 march, Elbeuf from 29 to 31 march, Reims 12 to 14 April, Montigny-lès-Metz from 20 to 22 April.