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Bêtes de foire
Petit théâtre de gestes

Nola Rae
16 - 20 Jan

The Pit

Tue 16 - Sat 20 Jan
Tue - Fri 7.45pm, Sat 5pm

Event now ended

Tel: 0845 120 7511
60 mins / no interval
Age Guidance: 7+
*Membership, Young Barbican, under-16, student, school, access, group and business discounts apply
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£4 transaction fee applies by phone.

After-show discussion:
Thur 18 Jan

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Welcome to an intimate circus, a space tinged with nostalgia, full of ‘charm, invention and fantasy’ (Télérama), where artistry, puppetry and object theatre combine in an endearing spectacle.

Surrounded by old clothes, mannequins and bric-a-brac, a seamstress tinkers with assorted fabrics in her workshop, reassembling materials of all kinds while her antiquated sewing machine provides musical cues for her fellow performer’s routines. He, a little down-at-heel but clearly talented, launches into an eccentric dance, juggling precariously with hats, and props that disappear before your eyes. A supporting cast of mechanical characters, including tightrope walker, acrobats and one-man band, adds to the mystique of an itinerant fairground show.

Elsa De Witte and Laurent Cabrol performed with French street theatre and travelling companies before founding their own miniature circus universe, Bêtes de foire. With echoes of Tadeusz Kantor, Alexander Calder and the sensibility of silent film, this is a feelgood performance of surprise, wonder, offbeat humour and exceptional skill. Roll up! Roll up!

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"Poetic, funny, intriguing"

La Marseillaise (France)

"Full of charm, invention and sweet fantasy"

Telerama (France)

"Theatre of objects, puppets and a touch of burlesque that create a universe reminiscent of silent cinema"

La Terrasse (France)

"Lyrical and inventive"

Le Soir (France)

Bêtes de foire

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Presented in partnership
with Barbican

This visit to London is supported by Institut français

Produced by Bêtes de foire – Petit Théâtre de Gestes/Association Z’Alegria
Co-produced by Scène nationale d’Albi and Derrière-le-Hublot – Capdenac
With the support of DRAC Midi-Pyrénées and Conseil Régional de Midi-Pyrénées

Creative Team
Creation: Laurent Cabrol, Elsa De Witte
Puppetry and Objects: Steffie Bayer, Ana Mano, Thierry Grand
Music: Mathias Imbert, Natacha Muet, Piéro Pépin, Eric Walspeck
Sound: Francis Lopez
Lighting: Hervé Dilé, Fabien Viviani
Set Design: Fred Sintomer