The Groupe Bekkrell is founded in 2009 when Fanny Sintès left the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique in Paris (French National Drama Academy) for the Centre National des Arts du Cirque in Châlons-en-Champagne (French National Center of Circus Arts) where she met Fanny Alvarez, Sarah Cosset and Océane Pelpel.

At first, it is a group of 4 students, 4 comrades, 4 friends, 4 acrobats, 4 gluttons, 4 women, 4 jokers, 4 curious girls, 4 silly pranksters.

Initially, it is a group fascinated by the notion of instability that nuclear physics tell us about.

It has become a collective of artists taking its name from the discoverer of natural radioactivity on uranium (and who incidentally had to share the Nobel Prize with the Curie(ous) couple!), the great Henri Becquerel.

Fanny Alvarez

Trained as a teeterboard specialist in various circus schools (Montréal, Rosny-sous-Bois (ENACR), Châlons-en-Champagne (CNAC – 22nd promotion), she toured several years with Collectif De La Bascule and performed in Rien n’est moins sûr (mais c’est une piste) in 2012, Quand quelqu’un Bouge in 2013, La Walf in 2015, Futura Brasil in 2016. An enriching and wide-scope experience that enabled her to perform in the street, under a big top or in specific locations. With the collective, she experienced versatile nomadism, on an international as well as a local level.
She took part in a one-shot performance dealing with circus and maternity (Me.Mother, 2018 Circa festival). Apart from performing acrobatics, she experiences the stage differently by taking speaking roles: on tour with production Re-Devenir un homme (June 2018), with task group Kurz Davor and with Pierre Déaux in a production wich will premiere in 2020. In March 2019, she performed in theatre play A nos Atrides! directed by Laurent Perez - l’Émetteur company.

Sarah Cosset

Trained as a Chinese pole specialist at the French National Center of Circus Arts in Châlons-en-Champagne (CNAC), she has collaborated with Aurélien Bory for the show Géométrie de Caoutchouc, Guy Alloucherie for the show Veillées, Les Colporteurs for Le Bal des Intouchables, Anomalie&co for Dans le Ventre de la Ballerine. She is currently participating in Pierre Meunier and Marguerite Bordat’s latest production, Sécurilif. Besides playwriting and performing, she has begun a training in carpentry.

Océane Pelpel

Discovering contemporary circus when she was about 20, she has dedicated herself to the study of unbalance on a tightwire.
She graduated from the French National Center of Circus Arts in Châlons-en-Champagne (CNAC) with the 22nd promotion. In 2012 and 2013, she worked in Switzerland with Cirque de Loin (a circus and theatre company). Her meeting with Emmanuelle Pépin - with whom she collaborated from 2012 to 2014 – constitutes a trigger point in her interest in improvisation. Between 2015 and 2016, she took part in improvisation labs together with MenX band musicians and the acrobats from Porte27 company. At the same time, she continues investigating improvisation leads with Barre Philips, Julyen Hamilton and Joelle Léandre. She regularly performs improvisations for audiences with various musicians at L’Atelier du Plateau fait son Cirque among others. For two years, she has broadened her playing field and has opened up to other skills. She has been exploring the art of hanging and discovering Russian martial art called Systema with Chloé Moglia in La Spire, singing and improvising with Beñat Achiary and ground-to-air acrobatics with her partner Sebastien Davis VanGelder. Together they have worked on an acrobatic and vocal duo called Marcel.le & Claude which premiered in June 2019.
Since 2018, she has been an associate artist of Pôle National Cirque de Nexon - Nouvelle Aquitaine.

Fanny Sintès

Director, actor and corde lisse acrobat.
She trained at the French National Drama Academy in Paris as well as the French National Center of Circus Arts in Châlons-en-Champagne (one year training). As a comedian, she performed in Les Lendemains by Bénédicte Pagnot. As a theatre actor, she collaborated with Frédéric Jessua, Brigitte Damiens, Olivier Fredj and 2e2m ensemble, Marc Vittecoq, Guy Pierre Couleau, Alice Zeniter, Julie Berès, Lena Paugam, Sébastien Depommier and Antonin Fadinard. In 2013, in association with Olivier Brichet, she co-directed and performed in Anechoïcspeech.She is a member of Lyncéus collective and a co-founder of Lyncéus festival launched in 2014. She presented a project called Passer par dessus bord with Alice Zeniter and Matthieu Gary at the 2015 festival. In 2018, she directed Neige by Olivier Liron for the same festival.
That same year, she performed with porte27 company in the production Dans le sens contraire au sens du vent by Sylvain Levey. She is currently participating in Alice Zeniter’s latest production, Hansel et Gretel: le début de la faim.