Who’s ready to catch?
Alexandre Fray is back in town! In the 2010s, he revolutionized acrobatics with FACE NORD by Un loup pour l’Homme. Now, he once again confirms his pioneering status, this time in the field of community circus.
The performance comes to life through a tender and intense collaboration between acrobat Alexandre Fray and five local grandmothers. They spend three days, getting to know each other. Three days to explore the physicality of their bodies, their limitations, and surprising abilities. On the fourth day, they take over Den Grå Hal with a performance, as a touching illustration of what can happen when we let go and trustfully allow ourselves to be led by what arises in the encounter with “the other.” And how beautiful it is when someone is ready to catch us.
Partner acrobatics with a fragility, you probably never experienced before!
Alexandre Fray, professional acrobat for over 20 years and artistic director of cie Un loup pour l’Homme. On judo or fundamental mathematics, circus prevailed. founded 18 years ago. After training at CNAC, 2002, (National Center for Circus Arts, 2002), he founded cie Un loup pour l’Homme in 2005, with Fred Arsenault, to devote himself to a renewed circus practice, anchored in acrobatic partnering, freed from gymnastic or traditional tricks, naturally dedicated to considering others and their differences, and revealing our human nature. Appris par corps, an emblematic duo from 2007, laid the foundation for the groundbreaking and trendsetting piece Face Nord in 2011. Parallel to this work, Alexandre has been preoccupied with community circus, and since 2006, he has led The Grandmother Project, in which he – in the contact with the elderly – questions his practice as a porteur (the base in hand-to-hand). https://unlouppourlhomme.com/
Copenhagen Circus Arts Festival is a biennale that presents international high-quality contemporary circus art. Performances that catch you where the borders between circus and art are erased. Where something new and unique is created!
Dancer, choreographer and artistic director of Kitt Johnson X-act, Kitt Johnson, is the curator of C!CAF.
Johnson has many years of experience with the festival format, a continuous collaboration with AFUK/AMOC and a longstanding affiliation with the Danish circus milieu as well as international network connections as jury member in circusnext and currently acting mentor in their lab program. Coming from this background, Kitt Johnson X-act hopes to be able to contribute to the development of contemporary circus as a genre on a national level.