May 22 | 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm

ARTE film evening: Acrobats under the open sky

May 22 | 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Photo: © ARTE F

Access: Digital
Admission: 8 EUR
Focus: Circus
Afterwards: follow-up conversation with Alexandre Fray

Eight exceptional French artists who reinvent themselves and the circus every day are presented with their performances under the open sky. Inspired by dance, theatre and contemporary art, they have created a new creative space beyond circus tents and well-trodden paths. Balance and gravity, chaos and emptiness, balance and movement are the fabrics from which their works are made. Filmmakers Nicos Argillet and Netty Radvanyi invite you on a journey through the fascinating world of contemporary circus.

Nouveau Cirque, later called contemporary circus, emerged in France in the late 1970s and gradually took hold in the French and then pan-European cultural scene. The audience is growing steadily, new circus ensembles and colleges are emerging. Nouveau Cirque combines traditional circus arts with dance, theatre and visual arts; the often complex productions clearly set themselves apart from classical circus images. Filmmakers Netty Radvanyi and Nicos Argillet introduce eight representatives of this generation of circus artists: Yoann Bourgeois, Sanja Kosonen, Alexandre Fray, Chloé Moglia, Jörg Müller, Camille Boitel, Tatiana-Mosio Bongonga and Johann Le Guillerm. They all challenge the laws of physics on a daily basis, pushing the limits of what balance, movement and gravity allow. In the process, they also play with human sensibilities, with certainties and fears. Their shows are created far away from the circus tent, for example in urban spaces or in the middle of nature. The unusual settings bring out the originality of their art even more. “Acrobats under the open sky” shows circus as an art form based on pure physicality. Most of the time, the circus artists work without language in their performances; in this documentary, however, they also have their say and provide exciting and illuminating insights into their art.

A production by ARTE France | Director Nicos Argillet & Netty Radvanyi | Country France | Year 2016 | Language German