Roland Auzet / Jérôme Thomas (F)

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One of them is a juggler and the other’s a percussionist, whilst the two of them perform trickery together. Thanks to their handiwork, the imaginary, odd giant objects, structures and instruments start vibrating, or – to put it another way – the stage is filled with the operation of two human brains.

Should we watch or listen? We can’t be sure if we’re captivated by the sound or the visual effects. In fact, we can’t even know for sure which is the juggler and which is the musician in their court of tricks, especially when we’re confronted by these odd, unmoving shapes that gradually come to life. Roland Auzet and Jérôme Thomas both conquer the devices and find a way to utilize them according to their own, individual approach.

Jérôme Thomas (juggler)
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. After creating Artrio (1988) with Jean-Paul Autin and Carlo Rizzo, he devised Extraballe (1990) a solo piece, with choreographer Hervé Diasnas, and then Kulbuto (1991), a group composition. In 1992, is the beginning for the ARMO (Association for Research in the Manipulation of Objects)/Jérôme Thomas Company. Within this framework, he has produced several shows till now. Quipos, a rope world and Hic Hoc, a dream world (1995) ; Amani Ya Bwana, with Jambo Mambo, a group of Kenyan acrobats (1996); Le Banquet with GR 12, a research group which grew out of the Company, (1997) ; « 4 » To Finish with this for Once and For All… in December 98 ; IxBE, based on Extraballe, with Simon Anxolabéhère plus a short piece devised for a young juggler from the Moscow Circus School, which opened in January 2000 at the ARC, Scène Nationale du Creusot, where the Company was based. Cirque Lili performed inside a circus tent structure, marked Jérôme Thomas’s return to the circus in May 2001. Milkday has been created in Theatre 71 in Malakoff in October 2003. An other group of shows including his duet with Jean François Baëz are based on improvisation, music and juggling.

All these productions have been touring in France and largely abroad ( Europe, Asia, Africa, South and central America), often with the support of AFAA.

From 2006 to 2008 he created a juggling ballet in two pieces for 10 dancers-jugglers issued Rain/Bow, arc après la pluie, Libellule et papillons!!, with its street version Papillons!, Sortilèges a show for children with the Company, but alsoDeux Hommes Jonglaient dans leur tête with Roland Auzet. He played in Le Malheur de Job directed by Jean Lambert Wild. He directed the show for the launching of Cirque Théâtre d’Elbeuf. With 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 fourth 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. He received the SACD Award for Circus in 2003.

Roland Auzet (percussionist)

Roland Auzet (1964), composer and percussionist, is an international soloist. He has won numerous prizes, including first prize in the International Competition of Contemporary Music of Darmstadt, Germany (1990); and the Foundation Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet (1991). Auzet was invited by IRCAM to participate in the program "Composition and Musical Computing" in 1997.

He started Site-CRA (Company Roland Auzet) to develop all aspects of project creation.

He is artist in residence for a French theatre since 2005, with several productions in progress in France and abroad. Auzet has worked with composers and artists such as Iannis Xenakis, Andre Boucourechliev, Luc Ferrari, Pierre-Yves Artaud, Irvine Arditti, Claude Helffer, Jean-Pierre Drouet and Steven Schick. Auzet's wide musical taste includes his participation in an improvisational group with Michel Portal and Daniel Humair.

Roland Auzet received the "Chevalier des Arts et Lettres" from the French Ministery in 2007.

Concept and performing:
Roland AUZET (percussionist),
Jérôme THOMAS (juggler)
Outside eye: Mathurin BOLZE
Stringed instrument maker: Robert HÉBRARD
Musician: Wilfried WENDLING
Lighting designer: Bernard REVEL

Production: Espace des Arts | Scène Nationale de Chalon-sur-Saône
Support: Francia Intézet Budapest


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