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Compagnie MPTA / Mathurin Bolze

Platform Theatre
Central Saint Martins

Wed 11 - Sat 14 Jan
Wed - Fri 7.30pm, Sat 6pm
UK Premiere

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70 mins / no interval
Age Guidance: 8+
no booking fees
After-show discussion:
Wed 11 Jan

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Breaking free of all conventions two men create a dreamworld of lightness and freedom, of friendship without gravity. Inside their intimate living space, walls become floors and aerial passageways link each location.

In 2005 Mathurin Bolze astonished festival audiences with his surreal trampoline drama, Fenêtres, inspired by Italo Calvino’s story, The Baron in the Trees. Fed up with family, authority and decorum a young nobleman climbs into a tree and vows to remain there for the rest of his life. As in some famous Poe and Dostoïevski stories the protagonist has a double, and in this sequel to Fenêtres the young Baron’s charming exile takes a new course with the appearance of a doppelganger - perhaps his brother, his alter ego or maybe just his shadow.

With his company, MPTA, Mathurin has regularly performed at LIMF, most recently at the ROH Linbury Theatre, and twice at the Barbican with the award-winning Du Goudron et des Plumes.

In this spectacular and beautiful new show, Mathurin is partnered by virtuoso acrobat and trampolinist, Karim Messaoudi. "this extraordinary, exhilarating circus-theatre piece… celebrating both the wonders of individuality and the importance of the collective spirit; the things that tie us together and the things that push us apart."
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian on Des Goudron et des Plumes
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"Mathurin Bolze makes time stand still and operates his own law of gravity. Breathtaking and beautiful”


"Brilliantly performed and exquisitely textured”

The Guardian on A Bas Bruit 2014

Compagnie MPTA


Artistic direction: Mathurin Bolze
With Karim Messaoudi and Mathurin Bolze
Stage design: Goury
Lighting design: Jérémie Cusenier
Interior lighting: Christian Dubet
Sound design: Jérôme Fèvre
Sound & vidéo management: Frédéric Marolleau
Light & stage management: Nicolas Julliand
Artistic Co-ordination: Marion Floras
Production: Compagnie les mains les pieds et la tête aussi.
Co-production: La Comédie de Valence – CDN Drôme Ardèche.

With the support of la commission nationale d’aide aux arts du cirque (DGCA)
et de la convention Institut Français / Ville de Lyon

This visit to London is supported by
Institut français