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Futuro Antico

Cosmic Neman & Martin Palisse

Martin Palisse is an author, juggler and director. At first self-taught, Martin Palisse trained in juggling with Jérôme Thomas, but also with Nadejda Aschvits and Maksim Komaro. In 2002, he created with Elsa Guérin the Cie Cirque Bang Bang and their first show In what sense?, with the collaboration of Lân Nguyen, then Phia Ménard. In 2004, he created Skratch, a piece between juggling, hip-hop and video. In 2005, Martin Palisse and Elsa Guérin were invited to Japan as part of the 2005 EU-Japan Year of People to People Exchanges/Arts for Community Growth and Development programme. They present their performances at the International Triennial of Contemporary Art in Yokohama. In 2006, the two artists began to turn towards the circus by creating Une nuit sur Terre under the marquee. They then invite the choreographer Hervé Diasnas and initiate juggling flight, a combination of juggling and movement. In 2009, creation of BODYnoBODY, in 2010 of SomeBODY in Lima, Peru, in Argentina in Buenos Aires and in Cordoba with the support of the Alliances Françaises and Culturefrance. In August 2011, Martin Palisse created POST with Elsa Guérin at the La Route du Sirque festival in Nexon, in partnership with Sirque, and since then has toured in France and abroad. He was elected to the National Council of the Syndicat du Cirque de Création, of which he was vice-president then president from 2010 to 2013. Appointed in January 2014 to the management of Sirque, the national center for circus arts in Nexon in Limousin, Martin Palisse ensures always with Elsa Guérin the artistic co-direction of Cirque Bang Bang, under agreement with the Ministry of Culture and Communication - Drac Auvergne, and partner of Semaphore and the City of Cébazat.



Futuro Antico is a circus performance but also a visual and musical ode. The premises are simple : one the floor and ceiling, nine white and blue squares, a stick, a white balloon, a few balls, a juggler who pushes the limit of his skills and an obsessively calm musician. 

It is ageless like an antique temple and futuristic like a Mars landing. Is he a cosmonaut ? Is he a Greek priest about to perform a sacrifice ? Whether he is wearing a ritual mask or spatial helmet, Martin Palisse has a mysterious and ethereal aura around him. He is juggling without panache, yet he is simply beautiful.

As the piece progresses, his craft become more precise : with an extreme and organic precision, Palisse keeps on juggling. Every time the balls falls into a new crack, a new joint.

Halory Goerger’s writing, that accompanies the piece, becomes a psalm, the ephemeral soundscapes become oceans. We are playing cosmic hopscotch; we play with the infinitely big and the infinitely small. Atoms, stars and their secret pas-de-deux.

They give us the whole universe in nine square meters. How did they even do it ?


Création juin 2019

Conception, scénographie : Martin Palisse
Création, interprétation : Martin Palisse & Cosmic Neman
Composition musicale : Cosmic Neman
Collaboration à la mise en scène et dramaturgie : Halory Goerger
Costumes : Robin Chemin
Lumières : Alice Dussart
Ingénieure du son : Sarah Bradley
Oeuvre vidéo : Giulia Grossman & François Decourbe (Tharsis Dome)
Chants enregistrées : Angèle Chemin, Judith Derouin & Pauline Leroy
Texte du message d’anticipation : Blandine Rinkel
Voix du texte enregistré : Jean Atzémis & Barbara Carlotti
Production et diffusion : Boris Sommet I Création le 13 & 14 juin 2019 – La Passerelle, Scène Nationale de Saint-Brieuc
Copyright photos : Ian Grandjean et/ou Martin Palisse (en fonction des photos sélectionnées)

Producteur exécutif: Le Sirque - Pôle National Cirque de Nexon Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Coproducteurs & résidences: La Pop à Paris | Le Manège Maubeuge - Scène Nationale Transfrontalière | L’Agora - Pôle National Cirque de Boulazac Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Coproducteurs: La Passerelle - Scène Nationale de Saint-Brieuc | Les Halles de Schaerbeek à Bruxelles | Cirque Jules Verne - Pôle National Cirque d’Amiens | Le Carré Magique - Pôle National Cirque en Bretagne | L’Avant-Scène - Scène Conventionnée de Cognac | L’Office Artistique Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine ; ONYX - La Carrière – Scène Conventionnée de Saint-Herblain | L’Empreinte – Scène Nationale Brive-Tulle
Résidence: Circa – Pôle National Cirque de Auch | Théâtre du Vieux Saint-Etienne – Ayroop Rennes
Soutien: Théâtre de l’Union – Centre Dramatique National du Limousin.
Le Sirque est conventionné par: le Ministère de la Culture - la DRAC Nouvelle-Aquitaine, la Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine, le Département de la Haute-Vienne, la Communauté de Commune Pays de Nexon-Monts de Châlus et la Ville de Nexon.