Tall but good-natured
Lethargic relaxed gangly
Prematurely born, Brian started life as a tiny baby. In order to survive he made up his mind to become the tallest and strongest in the world.
Already as a small child he was so serious that other people laughed at him. When he was a little older he found out that the taller and stronger he became, the more people laughed at him, particularly when he tried to be the best. So he entered a college specializing in mathematics.
As he grew further he took up juggling—now, that’s serious business. So he started professional training at the circus school in Lyons, France. As he entered adulthood he decided to become a child again by attending a school for clowns, the Samovar, in a Paris suburb.
When he reached his adult size, he became schizophrenic and fed exclusively on madeleine biscuits. He was then able to achieve personal fulfillment and become the funniest of serious people...
All by himself, he made up a character who did not actually resemble him but moved in a very strange way. He then started working with strange people who were totally unlike him.
Acrobat rooted in earth
Lounge trumpet player
Little but strong
Dynamic vigorous stocky
Clemence was small as a child and will remain thus all her life. As a small child she used to hide behind the teacher’s desk and observe the others. She then decided that was what she liked and she no longer wanted to get taller. Nevertheless she added a few inches to her size by drinking five liters a day of magic potion.
As firmly rooted as a hippopotamus thanks to her gravity center a mere 70 cm above the ground, she took up gymnastics. That was all right, however, it lacked poetry, so she went on practising but in circus schools, like the one in Montpellier, France, or Tilburg, in the Netherlands.
As what she learnt seemed to her a little too sophisticated, she realized it had been better in nursery school. So she headed to the school for clowns, the Samovar, in order to start all over again. A partner not exactly her size, that’s quite a big task for such a small person.
Direction: Johan Lescop
As a child he showed a marked taste for games involving all sorts of balls and balloons, which after his teenage years, led him to juggling. Keen to learn more about it as well as share it, he attended a Beatep training course, involving voice and body, at the Theatre of the Movement. His questioning of the actor’s presence, continuously fed by his taste for play, led him to train as a clown.
He started out as a street performer by joining the Inko’nito company and performed five years with them. Then came other projects in which he kept mixing juggling and clown skills.
He began intervening in 2000 in the Circus School in Lyon, France, which made him take a keener look at his work. He adapted his clown skills to the circus performer’s work, accompanying the students in the elaboration of their acts. He is now an artistic adviser for professional training. He helps develop artistic projects and direct the shows of companies like Prise de Pied, Toi d’abord, Fénix, Dis bonjour à la dame, Lapsus... Les GüMs.
Production: AYROOP, Scène de territoire pour les arts de la piste