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“The circus ring exists because the horses need a track. And all the traditional tracks are at least thirteen meters in diameter, because within thirteen meters, with the centrifugal force that forces them to lean, the horses could no longer turn. For me, the circle is an element of natural architecture, it represents the phenomenon of attraction: the one that pushes a crowd in the street to circle as soon as something strange happens. The circular play space is a space with three dimensions: height, depth, and width. The circus actor develops an act that is necessarily different from that of a theater actor: he is obliged to distribute the information by turning, not forgetting anyone, so as not to lose the viewer. He must be able to play from front to back, with his buttocks as with his face. Animal exploitation does not interest me. Here, man comes to see man, to discover his own abilities, to recognize himself, and perhaps to be surprised at being so.”
Johann Le Guillerm – 1999
To act on the world disorders to detect other layouts and create a new poetic order. An original cartography of a planet without places, Attraction is a project-manifesto to take ownership of our environment, to think by ourselves.
A position. To disrupt our convictions, resist ready-to-think and open up new alternatives.
A protocol of the sight. The world is what we see of it and what is invisible to us. In order to fully comprehend it, it is needed to take into account the multiplicity of points of views that we have.
Principles. Repartir de zéro, observer, expérimenter, tenter, créer.
A rhizome artwork made of accumulations, hybridizations, and mutations that constantly slip between various artistic fields.
A work in progress in constant evolution that shapes a landscape with infinite borders.
See L'Observatoire research laboratory around the point / La Motte planet within sight / Les Imaginographes observation tools / Les Architextures sculptures / La Transumante performance / Les Broglios, Les Entrelàs graphic poems / Les Droliques kinetic aquatic flowers / L'Aplanatarium observatory of soaring objects / Les Imperceptibles sculptures based on imperceptible speed and movements / Secret (temps 1 et temps 2) and Terces (creation 2020) performance under a circus tent / Le Pas Grand Chose conference, performance / Encatation, culinary experience
ATTRACTION EN ILE-DE-FRANCE
The Attraction project is deployed in Ile de France between July 2019 and the spring of 2020. After Secret (temps 2) who played his last performances at La Villette and a CoOP at La Maison des métallos in November, find the culinary experience Encatation at Centquatre Paris and the project Entricièlà with peoples of La Courneuve and Aubervilliers around the graphic poems of Johann Le Guillerm
Le Centquatre, Paris (75)
2020 : April 22 - 25
On the 22th at 8:30 pm
On the 23rd and 24th at 12:30 am and 8:30 pm
On the 25th at 12:30 am
_ LE PAS GRAND CHOSE
Le Carré Magique, Lannion (22)
3/12/19 at 8 p.m
Trio...s Théâtre, Inzinzac-Lochrist (56)
5/12/19 at 8:30 pm
Gallia Théâtre Cinéma, Saintes (17)
7/12/19 at 8:30 pm
CDN D'Orléans (45)
30/01/20 at 8:30 pm and 31/01/20 at 9 pm
ATTRACTION, LE MANS (72)
Les Serpentants, Place du jet d’eau
Le Crisalide, Jardin des Plantes
L’Indrique, l’île aux Planches
Le Palk, La cité du cirque
_ LES SERPENCILS
A work for the neighborhood Quartier de La Soie, Place Miriam Makeba, Villeurbanne, France (69)
Since april 2019
Artist coming from the circus world, Johann Le Guillerm studied at the Centre National des Arts du Cirque, he toured with Archaos, la volière Dromesko, co-founded the Cirque O. In 1994, he founded his own company and created a first solo show, Où ça ? , which toured five years. Johann Le Guillerm was awarded in 1996 with the Grand Prix National du Cirque, in 2005 with the Grand Prix des Arts du Cirque SACD and in 2017 the Grand Prix SACD. After a round-the-world trip during which he faces the imbalances of handicapped, traumatized and autarkic worlds, in 2001 he embarked on the Attraction project to take a 360° look at the world. The project led him to explore sculpture, installation, performance, conference and show. A multidisciplinary trajectory he calls practice of the range of points of view.
Since 2011, Johann Le Guillerm is supported and hosted by the Mairie de Paris at the Jardin d’Agronomie Tropicale – Paris, for a creative research residency.
Johann Le Guillerm à 360°
Anne Quentin / Catherine Blondeau - Actes Sud
Johann Le Guillerm
Anne Quentin - Magellan & Cie
Le Cirque ici présente Où ça ?
Photo book edited by the Cie Cirque ici - Johann Le Guillerm (out of stock for the moment)
More information here
The company works on create mediation tools with a direct link to the artistic project. The setting up of workshops, experiences, professional meetings or specific builds itself into a joint project with cultural structures to say, to do, to feel through experimentation, the gaze, the movement. Thus, projects are built that nurture and are nurtured on long term by the mediation project.
ATTRACTION Coproductions (Since 2011)
Le Channel, Scène nationale de Calais / Agora, Pôle national des arts du cirque de Boulazac Aquitaine / Excentrique, festival mis en œuvre par Culture O Centre, Ateliers de développement culturel / Le Manège, Scène nationale de Reims / L’ Apostrophe, Scène nationale de Cergy-Pontoise et du Val d’Oise / Le Quartz, Scène nationale de Brest / Le Volcan, Scène nationale du Havre / Carré Magique Lannion, Pôle national cirque en Bretagne / 2 Pôles Cirque en Normandie, La Brèche à Cherbourg - Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf / Théâtre de l’Agora, Scène nationale d’Evry et de l’Essonne/Les Treize Arches, Scène conventionnée de Brive / TANDEM, Théâtre d’Arras - Hippodrome de Douai, Scène nationale / Archaos, Pôle national des Arts du Cirque Méditerranée / Le Grand T, Théâtre de Loire Atlantique / Le Monfort, Paris / CREAC de Bègles
Johann Le Guillerm was welcomed as a writing residence for the show Le Pas Grand Chose at Saorge Monastery as part of Operation Monuments en mouvement of the Centre des Monuments Nationaux.
With the support of the Ministry of Culture and Communication (DGCA and DRAC Ile-de-France), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Institut Français), the Ile-de-France Regional Council, Essonne, the City of Paris and the Institut Français / Ville de Paris.
Cirque ici - Johann Le Guillerm is supported and hosted by the Mairie de Paris in research residency at the Jardin d'Agronomie Tropicale (Department of Culture and Direction of Green Spaces and the Environment).
The BNP Paribas Foundation has accompanied Cirque ici - Johann Le Guillerm from 1999 to 2010
Photos ou ça ? et Attraction : Philippe Cibille
Photos portraits - Le Pas Grand Chose : Joanne Azoubel
Photo Le Pas Grand Chose : Elizabeth Carecchio
Photos Transumante : Daniel Raoulas, Grégoire Korganow, Philippe Cibille, David Dubost
Photos Broglios, Entrelàs et Droliques David Dubost
Photo Encatation: Gwen Mint
Text : Anne Quentin