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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.
L'Observatoire archeology of research
La Motte planet within sight
Les Imaginographes observation instruments
Évolutions élastiques morphographic mutations
L'Insucube, anamorphique installation
Les Broglios graphic poems
L'AALU, nique letter alphabet with multiple characters
Les Architextures between architecture and texture
La Transumante moving architextural performance
Les Droliques kinetic aquatic flowers
Les Imperceptibles imperceptible speed and energies vehicles
L'Aplanatarium observatory of gliding objects
Encatation, culinary experience
Terces, laboratory on a circus ring
Le Pas Grand Chose conference - performance
Actions / Reactions: Attraction is a project with variable geometry designed to take place on the scale of an entire city in theatres, squares, museums, on the ring or in parks. So many playgrounds that invite to create partnerships, to move the public in spaces off the beaten track and can give rise to new in situ creations.
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.
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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.
Cirque ici - Johann Le Guillerm est soutenu par le Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (DGCA et DRAC Ile-de-France), du Ministère des Affaires Etrangères (Institut Français), du Conseil régional d’Ile-de-France, de la Ville de Paris et de l’Institut Français/Ville de Paris.
Cirque ici – Johann Le Guillerm est soutenu et accueilli par la Mairie de Paris en résidence de recherche au Jardin d’Agronomie Tropicale (Direction de la Culture et Direction des Espaces Verts et de l’Environnement).
La Fondation BNP Paribas a accompagné les projets de Cirque ici - Johann Le Guillerm de 1999 à 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