Tue 28 February 2017 (18h03), Wed 1 March 2017 (12h32)





Floe brings face to face, in a pure way without any artifice, a body and a space. A man finds himself in front of a landform which he needs to cross for his own salvation.
The exploration of this terra incognita reveals the poetic aspect of the action alone. We follow the journey of a man who appears and disappears depending on the asperity of the sculpture, who falls, climbs, waits, hangs up, slides, falls again, gets up, gets started again in row of actions and physical constraints (height, gravity, resistance) to play with and escape.

After several years of gymnastics training and competition, Jean-Baptiste André discovered circus arts which awoke his interests in theatre and dance. He spent a year studying the arts, then decided to focus on circus arts training.
After completing his studies at the National Centre for Circus Arts in Châlons-en- Champagne (2002), Jean- Baptiste André specialised in hand balancing and clown work.
He founded the association W (2002) to develop projects focusing on contemporary circus.He created Intérieur nuit (2004), Comme en plein jour (2006) and Qu’après en être revenu (2010), three plays which toured in France and abroad, as well as a repertoire of small-format works called ‘modules’.
In 2005, he became the first circus artist to be granted by the Villa Médicis Hors Les Murs programme, thanks to he spent time in Japan and performed his production Hidden Face / Faces Cachées / Kakusareta Men with two Japanese artists.
He created a project entitled S’enfuir (2011) with the author Fabrice Melquiot and a short form entitled L’espace for the Concordan(s)e festival in Paris (2012).
In 2013, he cosigns with the artist Julia Christ Pleurage et scintillement.
In 2014, he creates with the author Eddy Pallaro Millefeuille, these performance mixing theater and movement through the practice of the hand balancing. Millefeuille is only intended for the high school students and is presented within schools.
In 2016, he collaborates with the visual artist Vincent Lamouroux to produce Floe, defied as a choregraphic performance on a scenographic work. This project is set for outside context and settles down in different landscapes.
As an actor and dancer, he has worked with the choreographers and stage directors : Philippe Découflé, Gilles Baron, Christian Rizzo, Herman Diephuis, François Verret, Arnaud Meunier, Rachid Ouramdane, Perrine Valli, Yoann Bourgeois. He has also collaborated with artists from several other disciplines ; and regualry works with the South-African visual artist Robin Rhode.
He is involved in actions aimed at increasing awareness and sharing his approach.
Jean-Baptiste André is supported by Théâtre ONYX / Saint-Herblain, Scène conventionnée de Saint-Herblain for three years. The W association is implanted in Brittany, and supported by the DRAC of Brittany, the city of Rennes, the Brittany Council and for its projects.

infos pratiques

Les Capucins

35 min



Création 2016
Conception et interprétation : Jean-Baptiste André
Conception de l’œuvre scénographique : Vincent Lamouroux
Construction et suivi technique : Les ateliers de la Comédie de Saint-Etienne, Centre Dramatique National et Vincent Gadras
Collaboration artistique : Mélanie Maussion
Création costume : Charlotte Gillard
Régie générale : compagnie Joël L’Hopitalier
Régie de tournée : David Lecanu, Julien Lefèvre, Philippe Marie
Photographe associé : Nicolas Lelièvre

Production : Association W
Coproductions et soutiens : La Comédie de Saint-Etienne, Centre Dramatique National / Centre Pompidou, Metz / L’Amphithéâtre, Pont-de-Claix / Les Tombées de la Nuit, Rennes / Le Grand Logis, Bruz / Le Fourneau - Centre National des Arts de la Rue, Brest / Itinéraires Bis - Côtes d’Armor / Le Triangle, Cité de la Danse, Rennes / Théâtre ONYX - Ville de Saint-Herblain / Le Conseil Régional de Bretagne.

Le projet bénéficie du soutien de l’Association Beaumarchais – SACD et de l’aide à la création de la DRAC Bretagne et de la Ville de Rennes.