CIE Jérôme Thomas (FR)
3200 HUF / 2800 HUF
kinetics, 200% visuality, attracting opposites
“Jérôme Thomas, one of the world's biggest jugglers, has revolutionized the genre. His latest work is saturated by poetry and musicality.” L’Express
In this piece in three parts, inspired by HIC, an emblematic show of the company, 4 female jugglers manipulate long sticks, elastics or polystyrene sheets.
White balls float alone in the black of the theater, the sticks bend and seem like wild grass, an astonishing geometry arises from the manipulation of threads and balls, revealed by light and speed. These simple elements are sufficient to create a poetic and kinetic universe.
Today, with the music and video by Wilfried Wendling, the show acquires a contemporaneous dimension, not deprived of a certain harshness.
After training and early work as a juggler in the circus with Annie Fratellini, and in cabaret, Jerome turned to jazz, liaising with several musicians including Bernard Lubat, Carlo Rizzo, Marc Perronne, Pascal Lloret, Alfred Spirli, Jacques Higelin, the ARFI, the Bravo Trio and Andy Aimler. These encounters led him to favour improvisational work.
With the help from a number of artists and support from the Théâtre 71 in Malakoff, Jérôme set up the first Festival for Contemporary & Improvised Juggling in 1996. The last edition of this event took place in June 2001.
In parallel with his work devising shows, and after a year’s teaching at the École Supérieure des Arts du Cirque in Châlons-sur-Marne (89-90), Jérôme Thomas initiated a series of workshops to instruct others in his particular method and approach to juggling. He has also worked for several years with the Moscow Circus School.
In October/November 2001, he was Artistic Director for the event called Arts de la Jongle (“Juggling Arts”) which took place at the Parc de la Villette in Paris.
Jérôme Thomas was an Honorary Committee member for the Year of the Circus in 2001.
He received the SACD Award for Circus in 2003. He was elected to the French Society of Authors (SACD) to represent the circus, two times, in 2009 and 2015.
Creation: Jérôme Thomas
Music and video: Wilfried Wendling, Grégory Joubert
With: Nicoletta Battaglia, Gaëlle Cathelineau, Elena Carrettero, Chloé Mazet or Ria Rehfuss
Light: Bernard Revel
Assisted by: Dominique Mercier-Balaz
Accessories and costumes: Emmanuelle Grobet
Production ARMO - Company Jérôme Thomas
IRCAM Co-production Center Pompidou
The Muse in Circuit - National Center of Music Creation, Mansart Theater - CROUS of Dijon, the City of Dijon, ARTDAM Burgundy - Franche-Comté and the Fratellini Academy