UP! FESTIVAL - INTERNATIONAL CIRCUS BIENNIAL

15 - 18 MAR 2018

Impossible doesn’t exist in circus.
If the circus still transports us, it’s because it is always nudging up against boundaries: of bodies, balance, poetry and feelings. For as long as a performance lasts, circus makes up new rules, pushing aside day-to-day ordinariness.

Whether there are 2 or 17 of them, the artists in the FESTIVAL UP! line-up don’t necessarily need much to amaze us with their extraordinary performances. It’s they themselves who are spectacular and they give us the shivers with the risks they take… Some rigging, a few accessories transformed by their bodies, emotions and sometimes images from who knows where, are enough to create a bewitching world.

FESTIVAL UP! is growing as circus evolves. And it’s going fast!

Today’s circus is a full-scale performance. It brings together a range of disciplines and unites audiences. It borrows from theatre, burlesque cinema, dance and fine art. Contemporary circus isn’t inward looking; it speaks, indirectly, poetically or crudely to us about our world, today. What we experience and what can be expressed with bodies. This type of circus knows how to dream, experiment, it searches for new languages, introduces new dramatic arts and new visual vernaculars. It is a curious and a universal art form that sometimes takes an interest in forgotten acrobatic techniques and that always stays welcoming and generous.