They are under 26 and represent the elite and the future of the circus world. Until Sunday on the Reuilly lawn located in the 12th district, the 40th edition of the world circus festival of tomorrow celebrates acrobats, acrobats or virtuoso jugglers.
Considered as the circus Olympics or as the Cannes Festival of the track, this pioneering event created in 1977 has become a must at the international level.
Twenty-five nationalities are represented this year under the tent of Cirque Phénix which hosts the event. The president of the festival, Alain Pacherie - also director of the Circus Phoenix - welcomes us for a passionate interview: "you know, every time I go under the big top to attend the rehearsals or when I go to the stage to open the festival, I have a huge emotion. The circus is a difficult job, but it is the best job in the world because the artists make us dream. I am very proud to represent them. "
And this year, for the anniversary of the festival celebrating its 40th edition, the level is particularly high: "we received more than 350 applications from around the world for twenty places. And only artists who have never participated in other festivals can apply here. Some have been trying their luck for several years "says Alain Pacherie. And for good reason ! Because this exclusivity is the notoriety of the festival.
More than 250 directors from the biggest circuses in the world, from theaters or cabarets come to buy acts on the festival "the casting director of the cirque du soleil comes to us, for example, this is the only festival he visits Explains the president.
"An artist does not need to win a medal to secure his near future. All artists who participate, leave with proposals for work. It's a real stepping stone. The 2017 Chih-Han-Chao gold medalist is a perfect example. Originally from Taiwan, his dazzling diabolo act has become a darling on a planetary scale and the reference of the discipline.
A competition as a big show
Another example is "Scandinavian Boards" from Sweden, Finland and the Netherlands. The collective that has already shone at the festival and won many contracts, returns this year in competition with a new act and an undisguised pleasure.
Beyond the competition, the artists salute the atmosphere of the festival, "it's a real show, and the atmosphere is pretty crazy. Some artists are supported by their original schools. So imagine! The marquee contains more than 4000 seats and when the public begins to chant, to sing, it makes noise "explains Alain Pacherie.
This year, for example, The Soralino company, which represents France, was trained at the Fratellini school in Saint-Denis in the 93rd.
His eccentric act should make many students present under the big top react "it is the students of this same school Fratellini who install the apparatus of the artists and prepare the scene between each act. They will necessarily support with great enthusiasm, the passage of Soralino who are of the same school.
The 40th edition of the world circus festival tomorrow continues until Sunday with a closing show, the presentation of all the winners. Performance and a beautiful atmosphere in perspective.
World Circus Festival of Tomorrow » Phoenix Circus Tent, until February 3 on the Reuilly Lawn. Paris 12th
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