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OPENING of the Festival. Circus performance „MIKADO: small tales of falling“/ Collectif Sous le Manteau (France)

On stage: Constance Bugnon, Cyril Combes, Anatole Couety,
Nicolas Fraiseau, Cathrine Lundsgaard Nielsen, Lisa Lou Ødegaard

Director: Florent Bergal

Scenography: Silvain Ohl

Music: Philippe Perrin

Light: Jérémie Cusenier

Costumes: Charlotte Gillard

Technical director: Pierre-Yves Chouin

Technical manager: Pierre-Yves Poupet

Sound manager: Lola Etiève

Light manager: Thomas Bréheret

Booking, communication: Simon Urbain

Administration, production: Laurence Edelin su asistente Justine Gallan

Production: Collectif Sous le Manteau

Supported by: Ministère de la Culture: DGCA & DRAC Bretagne, Ville de Rennes,
Région Bretagne, ADAMI, Spectacle Vivant en Bretagne


Coproductions: Scènes du Golfe, Théâtres Vannes-Arradon, scène conventionnée / Théâtre National de Bretagne, Rennes / Circuswerkplaats Dommelhof (BE) / Cité des Arts du Cirque Le Mans / Les Bords de Scènes-Grand-Orly Seine Bièvre / Plateforme 2 Pôles Cirque en Normandie / La Brèche à Cherbourg et le Cirque-Théâtre d'Elbeuf Théâtre de Cornouaille, scène nationale de Quimper / Circa, Pôle National Cirque, Auch Gers Occitanie Rotondes - Luxembourg

Artist residencies and laboratories: Au bout du plongeoir, Thorigny Fouillard / La Campana, Lanvénégen / Scènes du Golfe, Théâtres Vannes-Arradon, scène conventionnée / Circuswerkplaats Dommelhof (BE) / La Grainerie, Toulouse / Circa, Pôle National Cirque, Auch Gers Occitanie Théâtre National de Bretagne, Rennes / Le Triskell Pont L’Abbé / Scène nationale de Quimper / La Martofacture, Sixt-sur-Aff / Département de Haute-Savoie

Special thanks: Valia Beauvieux, Maxime Burochain, Véronique Durupt, Veronica Gomez Iparraguirre, Jesse Huygh, Benjamin Kuitenbrouwer, Véronique Leon de Treverret, Catarina Rosa Dias, Christophe Velay, Dominique Violeau, Aviva Rose Williams, Cabaret Théâtre Dromesko.

Premiere: 2023 January


Duration: 60 min.

Location: @Main Hall at Klaipėda Drama Theater (Teatro str. 2)

RECOMMENDED for families with children from 7 years old and those looking for balance in their lives


Mikado, petit récit d'effondrements - Teaser from Collectif Sous Le Manteau on Vimeo.



In “Mikado, small tales of falling”, the Collectif Sous le Manteau explores the relationship between “us and our environment”, a logical sequel to “Monstro’s” discussion about the relationship between “self and others”. On stage, the structure will look like a giant game of Mikado: an unstable but maneuverable mass of Chinese poles, fabricated for repeated choreographic collapse. Like the game Mikado, the excitement comes from knowing that everything could collapse at any moment!


Each collapse initiates a new beginning, offering the possibility to build differently. Even if the same errors are not repeated, one thing is for sure, others will be made. The six acrobats have a flare for intuitive, experimental hypotheses. They are contained on stage by a steel truss frame; an unshakable base, acting as flood breakers for their craziest ambitions. This enclosed space acts as a proofing room, an incubator for precarious ideas and nebulous theories, a crash test runway for pilots without clear flight plans. Add to this 41 poles and a score of rigging lines. The game is on stage, let experiments begin…


*** Critics corner

“Six Chinese pole acrobats inhabit a giant game of Mikado; around them 41 poles lay like the 41 sticks in the game. The theme of the 2023 creation is, like the premise of Mikado, collapse. The bodies collapse, mirroring the collapse of our fragile, unstable environment. This phenomenon requires us to rethink the collective organization, our relationships with others, our daily lives... On the ground, in the air, in a mess, or in a row, the malleable structure of the poles multiplies the artists’ acrobatic and expressive potential.” Frédéric Chapuis | 09.01.23 | Télérama


The Collective Sous le Manteau gathers Chinese pole acrobats from many European circus schools to renew its forms in a collective practice. They share the idea that this adventure is that of a group unified around a single idea and not around a single leader. Their first show: Monstro (2019), has been hailed by the public and the press. It toured all over France and Europe for a total of 56 performances..


Photo: Pierre-Yves Chouin



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