L'habeas corpus cie [Be]


experimental circus

premiere in 2024

indoor show – without words – all ages from 8 years

Chwallow is a piece for three or four circus artists.

In Chwallow, the audience, like an entomologist, is invited to discover a performative and strange microcosm in a pop, fluorescent and inflatable setting.

The performers/characters, in contact with a changing environment, make their way between the familiar, the grotesque, the dreamlike and the fanciful.

Minimalist circus is combined with an abstract narrative that creates a universe that is as well visual, audible, theatrical, sportive and even museum-like.

artists: Julien Fournier + | direction: Julien Fournier | sound creation: Fred Miclet / Raphael Dodemont | setting: Julien Fournier + | light creation| costumes| coproductions: under construction

Contact : Chantal Heck

Technical rider

Duration : 60 minutes

stage: 10×10 m

Set up: 12h
Take down : 3h
Audience : 200-500


The company

L’habeas corpus compagnie [Be]

Habeas Corpus Compagnie, created in July 2012 by Julien FOURNIER, takes its name from the English order of ‘habeas corpus’ which, in the Middle Ages, guaranteed the citizen not to be imprisoned without trial. Habeas corpus, from Latin ‘that you have body’ (in front of a judge), is nowadays the fundamental right to dispose of one’s body (meaning against any abusive arrest). This statement is the founding act of our artistic approach and gives the body a central position as a creative vehicle of expression, a space of freedom, claim, strangeness and plasticity.

REVERSO (2014) is the first act of this approach, it explores the chameleon body, like a material that can be transformed at will. Free not to freeze his pace in order to constantly evolve his relationship with others, with objects, vertically and horizontally. REVERSO received the MQVE AWARD quality label 2015 and performed in Denmark as part of the Waves festival.

BEFORE MANKIND THERE ARE ONLY SURFACES (2016) is the company’s second opus. In the form of a short dramaturgical essay, it is a resonance of a physical journey with two chairs, miniature landscapes and a voice-over text. The text, a reconstruction and distortion of fragments of lectures (taken from the internet) dealing with architecture, is as much a “pretext subject” as it is an attempt to give meaning in the light and dark.

BURNING (I did not die and yet no life remained) (2018) continues this approach and this time anchors it in the real world through a burning theme of current events. To the dramaturgical research of Avant l’Homme and the plastic, poetic and acrobatic research of REVERSO is added a documentary dimension, in search of a circus that can be both performing (differently) and political.

Other performances of the company: BURNING

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