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About the show

A nose-diving trapezist, an animal trainer gobbled up by his lion, and a human cannonball that never returns from outer space: this is one tragic circus. Despite the catastrophes, French puppet company STEREOPTIK elevates the spectacle with a visual feast of imagination. With a brand of visual theatre magic that features live music, exquisite ink drawings, shadow puppetry, sand animation, and revelatory object theatre, their ironic humor meets childlike wonder, and an extraordinary Dark Circus is born. 


Created and Performed by Romain Bermond + Jean-Baptiste Maillet
Production: STEREOPTIK

Based on an original story by Pef

Artistic collaborator: Frédéric Maurin

Co-Production: L’Hectare scène conventionnée de Vendôme, Théâtre Jean Arp scène conventionnée de Clamart, Théâtre Le Passage scène conventionnée de Fécamp, Théâtre Epidaure/Bouloire-Cie Jamais 203

Support from: Théâtre de l’Agora scène nationale d’Evry et de l’Essonne, L’Echalier/Saint-Agil, Théâtre Paris Villette, MJC Mont-Mesly Madeleine Rebérioux/Créteil.
STEREOPTIK acknowledges financial support from the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication/ DRAC Centre-Val de Loire and Région Centre-Val de Loire.

Additional support provided by the Jim Henson Foundation, FACE Contemporary Theater Fund, and the New York State Council on the Arts.