Grief journal
Pauline Dau


– Winter 2025 –


An intimate, political and humourous circus production with three performers

Grief journal

Each day is like a little death
I’m losing my body
Day after day, I’m losing my acrobatic body
One day, I lost a figure
And the day after, I lost my father,
And then, I lost Corsica,
And then, I lost my connection to this land,
And to my forebears too?


An immersive performance

The spectators are invited as family guests, feeling like home! They will be at times witnesses and at times taken to task. We’ll start all over again. This is the story of a woman observing. Witnessing how affected she is by  the death of her father. “I lost my Corsican identity when he died. Does this mean I don’t really belong to my family anymore? What did he pass on to me and what did he impose on me?”

Circus with a sense of closeness 

Hula hoop, roller skating and acrobatic feats are performed very close to a moving audience, the spectators are being invited to enter an intimate sphere, attend a delicate and poetic performance created just for them.

Giving them the feeling of something unique, catching things invisible to other people. 

The circus feat is displayed, taking on its full meaning in such an intimate atmosphere.

 “Offering the spectators biscuits specially made for them, perched on rollerblades, making sure not to push nor step on their toes”, this is a playful and daily performance that carries the message.


Written by: Pauline Dau

With: Eva Ordonez and Pauline Dau

Pianist: Roland Catella 



Playwriting: Maud Chapoutier

Lighting design: Flore Marvaud 

Music: Roland Catella 

Set design: in progress

Actors’coaching: in progress

Partners & Co-producers

In progress

Co-producers : Cirk’Eole, Montigny-les-Metz (57)

Basic facts

Premiering Autumn 25

3 performers on stage / 5 people on tour, Indoor venue or site-specific location equipped with a stage
60 min – 200 people

For all audiences

Acrobatics, Hula-Hoop, Roller skating, acting, singing, comedy

Clémence Mugard
+33 6 15 40 04 82




Viivi Roiha


– 2024 –


V is a performance in the heart of the intimacy of Viivi in which she puts her strengths and weaknesses to the test. What pushed Viivi to create her first solo was the choice to shorten her rope, thereby opening a new range of possibilities by instilling a greater void and a different approach to the ground. Alone with her piece of rope she shows moments of glory, failure, joy and loneliness reminding us of the multiplicity of emotions that shape our lives.


With and by: Viivi Roiha
Assistant director: Emi Sri Hartati Combet
Outside eye Acting: Henna Kaikula
Outside eye Danse: Mira Ravald
Sound designer: Mika Pusse
Costume designers and accessoiries: Solenne Capmas
Currently I am looking for: Someone to help me with the absurd and funny side of the performance, light designer, sound designer, technician

Partners & Co-producers

The project is supported by The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike), by Nounous Festival and CIRKO – Center For New Circus in Helsinki (Finland). The project is coproduced by the finnish company Sirkus Aikamoinen (FIN), by le PALC – Chalons-en-Champagne (FR), by ONYX – Théâtre de Saint Herblain (FR), by the National Theatre of Saint-Nazaire (FR)

General informations


Solo, Theatre space (frontal or circular version to be determinated)
1h – All audience

Mini corde, danse, physical theatre.

Anne Heuveline
+33 6 68 20 14 57




Mathieu Despoisse and Etienne Manceau


– October 2023 –


Two people facing the audience: Etienne Manceau and Mathieu Despoisse. This production focuses on one word, one notion which every person defines his/ her own way, that of The Couple.

Doing and undoing, constructing and deconstructing. That is particular to human nature and individuals, whether they live as a couple or not. Pling-Klang deals with love, disenchantment, manipulation and IKEA furniture.


TourAuthors: Mathieu Despoisse, Etienne Manceau et Bram Dobbelaere

Performers: Mathieu Despoisse et Etienne Manceau

Artistic advice: Marie Jolet

Light creation and technic: Jean Ceunebrouck

Sound creation: David Maillard

Costume: Natacha Costechareire

Production-Tour Management-Administration: Lisa Henin

Partners & Co-producers

Coproducers: Équinoxe – Scène nationale de Châteauroux ; La Coopérative De Rue et De Cirque ; L’Échalier, Atelier de Fabrique Artistique, Saint-Agil ; Larural, scène de territoire en Créonnais ; Cirk’Eole, Montigny-les-Metz ; ONYX, Théâtre de Saint-Herblain ; Le Carré Magique – Pôle National Cirque en Bretagne ; La Plateforme 2 Pôles Cirque en Normandie, La Brèche à Cherbourg et le Cirque Théâtre d’Elbeuf ; Le centre culturel André Malraux, Scène Nationale de Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy ; Festival utoPistes, Lyon ; La rose des vents – Scène nationale Lille Métropole – Villeneuve d’Ascq ; Le Plongeoir – Cité du Cirque – Le Mans ; CIRCa – Pôle National Cirque – Auch ; MiraMiro – Gand (BE); CircusWerkplaats Dommelhof (BE); La Rotonde – Luxembourg (LU); Le Trio…S Théâtre – Inzinzac-Lochrist; La Mouche – Saint-Genis-Laval.

Subventions: État, Direction des affaires culturelles (D.R.A.C.) des Pays de la Loire; Région Pays de la Loire ; Conseil Général de Loire Atlantique ; Ville de Saint-Herblain 

Basic facts

Creation 6 and 7 October 2023
Cirque Théâtre d’Elbeuf

Indoor and unconventional venues / 80 people
70min – From 10 year on

Multidisciplinary and unlabelled performance.

Lisa Henin
+33 6 72 72 67 65



La Balançoire géante

Sidney Pin / La Volte cirque


– June 2023 –


© Romain Charrier

Halfway between a swinging trapeze and a Russian swing, la Balançoire Géante features an acrobat attempting a revolution, not without some difficulty, on a 12 meter high swinging apparatus. A mix of a circus performance, a workshop on aerial acrobatics and a therapy session, the creative process is ongoing.

Through a psycho-socio-political self-analysis, our athlete challenges his motivation to train day and night to perform a silly and useless action in order to become the Balançoire Géante world champion.

The show is about performing, virilism, analyzing his condition as an acrobat, telling about Kiiking, Emmanuel Macron, Tina Turner and Richard Wagner.


Author and performer: Sidney Pin

Set designer and stage manager: Max Heraud

Artistic insight: Arnaud Saury

Office Management: Valeria Vukadin

Production and Touring Management: Clemence Mugard / L’Avant Courrier

Partners & Co-producers

Production: Compagnie la Volte-cirque with l’Avant courrier

Co-producers: ONYX, scène conventionnée de Saint-Herblain (44) – Le Plongeoir – Cité du cirque Pôle Cirque Le Mans (72) ; Plus petit cirque du monde, Bagneux (92) ; Communauté d’agglomération Mont St Michel Normandie (50), Plateforme 2 pôles cirque en Normandie La Brèche à Cherbourg (50) ; Le PALC & Festival Furies, Pôle National cirque Grand Est (51).

Partners: Quai des Chaps, Nantes (44) ; La Martofacture, Sixt-sur-Aff (35) ; Ville de Couëron Théâtre Boris Vian (44) ; Service Territorial d’Education et d’Insertion, Rezé (44) ; Transfert & Pick Up Production, Rezé (44).
Conseil Général de Loire Atlantique (44) et Région Pays de la Loire

Basic facts

3 June 2023

Outdoor, Seating on both sides of the stage, 200 people
30 min – Audience unrated

Clémence Mugard
+33 6 15 40 04 82



De bonnes raisons

Matthieu Gary et Sidney Pin


– January 2022 –


© Damien Bossis

 It’s okay to make loads of physical experiences when you’re eight years old, taking a spill on your bike, doing a belly flop at the swimming pool, jumping from your neighbour’s roof. All this broadens one’s horizons and shapes one’s personality. But when twenty years later, you find yourself upside down on a piece of metal, balancing on your buddy’s shoulder seven meters above the ground, in front of 200 people who pay you to do it, you have your doubts.

De bonnes raisons features two acrobats philosophising joyfully about risk-taking.


Writers and performers: Matthieu Gary et Sidney Pin

Production: Elsa Lemoine – l’Avant Courrier

Touring management: Clémence Mugard – l’Avant Courrier

Technical manager: Etienne Charles and Julien Lefeuvre

Office management: Valeria Vukadin

Outside eye: Marc Vittecoq

Construction: Maxime Héraud et Etienne Charles

Lights: Etienne Charles

Costumes: Léa Gadbois Lamer

Special thank to: Fragan Ghelker, Pauline Dau, Fanny Sintès, Myrto Andrianakou, Alexandre

Guillot, Sarah Lys, l’association Pivoine, Julien Auger, Oriane Piquot, Amandine Bouche, Vasil Tasevski.

Partners & Co-producers

Compagnie la Volte-cirque, with l’Avant courrier


Carré Magique, Pôle National Cirque de Bretagne, Lannion (22)

Le Grand R, Scène Nationale de la Roche-sur-Yon (85)

Onyx, Scène conventionnée, Saint-Herblain (44)

Cité du cirque pour le Pôle Régional Cirque, Le Mans (72)

Plateforme 2 Pôles Cirque en Normandie / La Brèche à Cherbourg (50) et le Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf (76)

Plus Petit Cirque du Monde, Bagneux (92)


DRAC Pays de la Loire

Région Pays de la Loire

Conseil Général de Loire Atlantique

Ville de Saint-Herblain

Ville de Nantes


Services Territoriaux Éducatifs et d’Insertion, Rezé (44)

Maison de quartier Madeleine Champs de Mars, Nantes (44)

Quai des Chaps, Nantes (44)

Ville d’Indre (44)

Ville de Couëron (44)

Artémisia, La Gacilly (56)

La Martofacture, Sixt-sur-Aff (35)

MC2, Scène Nationale, Grenoble (38)

Le Monfort Théâtre, Paris (75)

L’Essieu du Batut, Murols (12)

L’espace Senghor en partenariat avec le festival Les Débroussailleuses & le Cirque du Docteur Paradi, le May-sur-Èvre (49)

Festival SITU, Veules-les-Roses (76)

Cirque en Scène, Centre des arts du cirque de Niort (79)

Basic facts

January 2022

Indoor, Circular tribune (toured) surface area required 12x12m. Minimum height 7m, 170 people
60 min – From 8 years on

Clémence Mugard
+33 6 15 40 04 82