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New Work
Ay-Roop and les Tombées de la Nuit present
Rafael de Paula - Compagnie du Chaos
Chinese pole solo performance
The Rennes-based association, Ay-Roop, has taken over the Théâtre du Vieux St Étienne for five months of research around contemporary circus. As part of the residency, Compagnie du Chaos, founded by Brazilian artist RAFAEL DE PAULA, is back after Vigilia (2015) to develop and debut this new solo piece dedicated, once again, to the discipline of Chinese pole. Simplicity, precision movements and balance - NONADA strips things back to the essentials, using the apparatus to stir raw emotion within the audience.

RAFAEL DE PAULA knows Rennes and the Théâtre du Vieux St Étienne well, having already worked in residency there for his first production, Vigilia (2014), presented the following year during Temps Fort des Arts du Cirque, organised by the Rennes-based circus arts association, AY-Roop. Through his organisation, la Compagnie du Chaos (based in Châlons-en-Champagne), the Brazilian artist continued to explore the Chinese pole with Nebula (2016), an immersive and graceful blend of visual arts and circus, performed with Ania Buraczynska. In 2017, he returned to Le Vieux St Étienne for a new residency, to write and prepare NONADA, his latest opus, this time a solo production, but once again dedicated to the Chinese pole.

“This new piece originated with a need to return to simplicity and strip things down to the core. I hope to bring a new perspective to choreographic writing for the Chinese pole on the stage, and create an intimate connection with the audience, in a kind of partnership,” explains RAFAEL DE PAULA. In a deliberate departure from the complex technical sound and light constraints in Nebula, he develops a contemplative, sensory and abstract experience, seeking to draw out meaningful primal emotions within the spectator. Somewhere between metaphorical body expression and a balancing act, NONADA creates direct dialogue between the circus artist and his apparatus in a friendly multi-faceted encounter between man and the pole, taking the audience along for the journey.
For this third production from the young Franco-Brazilian company, Tombées de la Nuit continues to delve into the circus discipline of the Chinese pole, (following on from Compagnie Bivouac in 2016, the Franco-Portuguese company O Ultimo Momento in 2015, Collectif AOC in 2012…) for an intimate virtuoso performance that places the spectator at the centre of the emotional exchange hanging in the balance.


Rafael de Paula was born in Brazil in 1984. He discovered circus when he was 21 years old and trained for four years at Escola Popular de Circo de Belo Horizonte. He then came to France to train at Centre National des Arts du Cirque (CNAC) in Châlons-en-Champagne. In 2011 he graduated with the wonderful production “This is the end”, directed by David Bobée and written by Cristián Soto, which used a 360° rotating stage to provide an open space presenting the work of twelve artists. The following year, Rafael founded his own company, Compagnie du Chaos, to develop his creative projects around circus, dance, and digital arts. With Vigilia (2014), Nebula (2016) and Nonada (2017), Rafael de Paula has demonstrated his unique creativity through his work on the Chinese pole.


Autor and interpreter : Rafael de Paula / Administration : Fred Cardon / Diffusion : AY-ROOP

Thursday 06 July 2017 > Sunday 09 July 2017
Théâtre du Vieux Saint-Etienne, Rennes
Forecourt of Vieux St Étienne
Thursday to Saturday > 6pm / Sunday > 2pm

30 mn
Unlimited people
Lignes a-C1-C5-9, arrêt ou Station Sainte-Anne / LE vélo STAR : Sainte-Anne
cognitif moteur visuel
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