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Cnac: circus students try to save a soothing production

Poor acrobats, trapeze artists and even equilibrists! Let us pity them for trying to save this spectacle, whose vapidity is matched only by its pretension.

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Cnac: circus students try to save a soothing production

Poor acrobats, trapeze artists and even equilibrists! Let us pity them for trying to save this spectacle, whose vapidity is matched only by its pretension. It is all the more incomprehensible since Sophia Perez, who directs it, is a former acrobat from the ranks of the National Circus Arts Center (Cnac).

But why this determination to distract these young circus performers from what they know how to do so well? Instead of showcasing their talent, Sophia Perez stifles them with a litany of commonplaces.

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The evening started off well: the artists themselves took care of welcoming the public, with a tone that was certainly offbeat, but warm. We sit down, the lights go out and, like in a bad play from the 1960s, the acrobats take turns at the microphone and everyone says their little phrase. Everything you want to see at the circus! This incipit lasts no less than twenty minutes. And the torture has only just begun.

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We hope to see the show take off and this 35th promotion to dazzle us. Nay! The director (who preferred that I write the “director”) obviously has things to say to “all of us” via a pseudo-cabaret that doesn’t even dare to be trashy. In this jumble, a few ground or aerial acrobatic numbers stand out, but only Carlotta Lesage on the Chinese pole and Yu-Yin Lin have the opportunity to show what they are capable of. The rest is just verbiage and uselessness. We do not blame the artists for anything, but we cannot recommend such nullity to anyone. Unless you want to taste a delicious hot tart accompanied by salad and a glass of ginger, served in the Cnac canteen. Small consolation.

La Villette, until February 18

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