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Arno Ferrera and Gilles Polet

45' 12+ Creation October 2020

In a powerful body-to-body confrontation, two harnessed men play at manipulating each other’s bodies. The cautious pleasure they take in transforming each other into an instrument, an apparatus, a playground or a battlefield engages them in a struggle with mutual consent. Between traction and attraction, they do not aim for power over the other, but rather power with the other.

In Cuir, Arno Ferrera and Gilles Polet seek to maintain a relationship of person to person, which does not call for a conflicting confrontation, nor a win-lose relationship. One may want to subordinate the other, to force him to follow, to impose a situation on him, but the other may also be in a state of acceptance, in a willingness to follow this obligation. Both men then enjoy their positions, with consent, without any hierarchy.
To do this, they explore the capacities of their bodies with the help of equestrian harnesses, usually reserved for draught work and ploughing. The strength thus acquired allows them to be gentle. Not only does the harness amplify the potential of human traction, but it is also an illuminator. 
Through the physical commitment to serving others with this archaic tool, the two acrobats seek a state where instinct and will become visible and tangible.

Anaïs Longiéras +33 617 15 39 38 / diffusion.armour@gmail.com


13 &14.02.24 CUIR Théâtre Le Vellein, scènes de la CAPI Villefontaine (FR)
6.04.24   ARMOUR SPRING – Festival international des nouvelles formes de cirque en Normandie Cherbourg (FR)
8 & 9.04.24   CUIR  Festival A Corps - TAP Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers Poitiers (FR)
12.04.24   ARMOUR Le Prato - Pôle national cirque Lille (FR)
15 &16.04.24   ARMOUR Le Bateau Feu – Scène Nationale Dunkerque (FR)
20.04.24   CUIR Cultuurcentrum 't Vondel Halle (BE)
10 & 11.05.24   CUIR Brandenburger Theater Brandenburg an der Havel (DE)
17 & 18.05.24   ARMOUR Festival Perspectives Festival franco-allemand des arts de la scène Saarbrücken (DE)
23 > 26.05.24   ARMOUR Peculiar Families Festival  (option) Split (HR)
28.05 > 2.06.24   CUIR Mercat de les Flors – Casa de la dansa (option) Barcelone (ES)
25 > 30.06.24   CUIR Figueres es MOU - Festival de dansa Alt Empordà (option) Figueres (ES)
19 > 29.09.24  ARMOUR Festival Jerk Off Paris (FR)
3 > 6.12.24   ARMOUR Festival HP24 Bruxelles (BE)
13 &14.12.24 ARMOUR Le tandem Scène Nationale (option) Arras (FR)
25 > 27.01.25 ARMOUR BIAC Biennale Internationale Des Arts Du Cirque (option) Marseille (FR)


Creators : Arno Ferrera, Mika Lafforgue & Gilles Polet
Performers : Arno Ferrera & Gilles Polet
Artistic direction : Arno Ferrera
External eye : Paola Rizza
Choreographic eye : Benjamin Kahn, Gilles Polet
Sound adviser : Amaury Vanderborght
Light design : Florent Blanchon
Light and sound technician : Pierre-Jean Faggiani
Saddler : Jara Buschhoff
Costumes design : Jennifer Defays
Booking, production : Anaïs Longiéras
Administration : Les Halles de Schaerbeek
With the complicity of Alexandre Fray, company Un loup pour l’homme
Many thanks to the company Un loup pour l’homme : Lou Henry, Caroline Cardoso, Emma Lefrançois
Photographer : Valérie Frossard
Video : Romain Vennekens
Press relations : Estelle Laurentin
Graphic design : Ekta

Delegated producer : Les Halles de Schaerbeek

CUIR has been produced by the company Un loup pour l’homme (FR)

Coproduction : Le Bateau Feu, SN de Dunkerque (FR), Theater op De Markt, Dommelhof (BE),
Larural, Créon (FR), Festival Perspectives, Sarrebrück (DE).

Support : Conseil Régional Hauts-de-France, SACD / Processus Cirque, Fonds Transfabrik (Fonds franco-
allemand pour le spectacle vivant). The company Un loup pour l’homme has been supported by le Ministère de la Culture / Direction régionale des affaires culturelles Hauts-de-France - aide aux compagnies

Partners residencies : Tanzhaus Zürich (CH), Dommelhof Neerpelt (BE), L’échalier St Agil (FR), Larural
Créon (FR), Le Moulin du Roc SN de Niort with the complicity of Cirque en scène (FR), Latitude 50 pôle
arts du cirque et de la rue Marchin (BE), Katapult Berlin (DE), Le Prato PNC Lille (FR), La Faïencerie et La
Locomotive Creil (FR).