(I did not die and yet no life remained)



(I did not die and yet no life remained)

    Burning is both documentary circus and choreographic poetry. A desire to put the individual back at the centre and to use a language close to collage. A remarkable work of body, voice and spirit that witnesses to the insidious way in which suffering at work takes hold.

    Trapped in the space of the representation, a character evolves, constrained by his environment. He tries to remain seated or standing, to line up cardboard boxes, in contact with a space where everything is tilting, gradually erasing any possible horizon.

    At the same time, Laurence Vielle’s voice-over spells out the words of a slow inner combustion: breathlessness, restless rhythms, fragments of testimonies.
    Here the body evolves in resonance with the words, the acrobatic act blends with the video language. Graphs… percentages… testimonies… a battered body… depict a world of labour, profit, capital and sick over-consumption, where the human being has become a commodity, where meaning is lost.

    « Only one performer, Julien Fournier, and a text, just and strong, on burn-out, written and read [in voice-over], soberly, by Laurence Vielle. Burning thus brings us back to the daily reality of millions of individuals “burned out” by a society that is solely productivist. Julien Fournier illustrates the story with almost nothing, a treadmill that allows him to portray, sometimes with humour, the imbalance. And a series of cardboard boxes whose simple handling transports us into the mechanical universe of Charlie Chaplin in « modern-times”. As strong as it is simple. Intelligence and virtuosity are better than long speeches. »

    “At the height of expectations, with a sensitive intelligence, solidly documented, BURNING demonstrates, with rare acrobatics, minimalist choreography, scenography and video, how much the contemporary circus, can mix genres, defend a purpose and reinvent itself. »
    LAURENCE BERTELS – La libre Belgique

    upcoming dates

    • 01-Feb-2022
      Le Nouveau Relax, Chaumont, France
    • 04-Feb-2022
      Le Delta – Namur, Belgium
    • 18-Feb-2022
      L’espace 93 – Clichy-sous-Bois – tournee chainon, France
    • 22-Feb-2022
      Centre Culturel Ponts des arts – Cesson-Sévigné – tournee chainon, France
    • 24-Feb-2022
      Centre Culturel Grain de Sel – Séné – tournée chainon, France
    • 11-Mar-2022 > 12-Mar-2022
      Le pôle – Le-Revest-les-Eaux, France


    • Distribution
      A show by and with Julien Fournier Text in voice-over written by Laurence Vielle and performed by Caroline Daish
    • Video design
      Yannick Jacquet
    • Sound design
      Raphaël Dodemont
    • Lighting design
      Arié Van Egmond
    • Model and stage design
      Julien Fournier
    • Stage design construction
      Atelier Rododb
    • Light and video control
      Emma Laroche, Gaspar Schelck
    • Sound engineer
      Raphaël Dodemont, Brice Agnès, Fred Miclet, Antoine Delagoutte
    • Photos
      Jeremy Javierre
    • Photo and Trailer
      Hubert Amiel
    • Bookings
      Chantal Heck - La Chouette diffusion
    • Production
      L'Habeas Corpus Compagnie
    • With support of
      the Ministry of Culture of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (General Directorate of Performing Arts, Circus Arts Service) // Espace Périphérique (Mairie de Paris - Parc de la Villette) (FR), FERIA MUSICA company (BE), Centre culturel du Brabant wallon (BE), La Roseraie (BE), Théâtre des Doms (FR), Service public francophone bruxellois (BE) and Promotion de Bruxelles à la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (BE)
    • In residency at
      La Roseraie (BE), Espace Catastrophe - international centre for the creation of Circus Arts (BE), Centre culturel du Brabant wallon (BE), Latitude 50 - Pôle des Arts du Cirque et de la Rue (BE), La Vénerie - Watermael-Boitsfort Cultural Centre (BE), Columban - Espace de Cultures (BE), Espace Périphérique (Mairie de Paris - Parc de la Villette) (FR)
    • Premiered at
      festival UP! international Circus Biennial (Bruxelles/2018)