The President and the General Manager of the CNAC

2012/2013 has been a pivotal year for the CNAC.

In October 2012, Gérard Fasoli was appointed as General Manager of the establishment by the CNAC board of directors, with the approval of the Ministry of Culture and Communication. He took up his post on December 17th 2012.

In December 2018, the Board of Directors of the Centre national des arts du cirque elected its new President, Frédéric Durnerin, who succeeds Martine Tridde-Mazloum.
His term of office begins on 25 January 2019.


Frédéric Durnerin, president of the CnacFrédéric Durnerin – President of the CNAC

After a university career in social sciences and cultural development, Frédéric Durnerin has collaborated with several cultural organisations.

Since 1997, he has been the Director of the Agora, which became a subsidised stage in 2001, then certified in 2010 as a Pôle National Cirque de Boulazac Aquitaine. He has given it a dual identity, embracing both contemporary circus forms and creation in other related arts: theatre, dance, music..., maintaining allegiance to established circus companies and discovering emerging companies.

Frédéric Durnerin is a founding member of Territoires de cirque, and he served as its President from 2012 to 2016. He is also the President of the Culture Santé cluster in New Aquitaine since January 2017.

His involvement in these structures reflects the importance he places on supporting, accompanying, disseminating and sharing cultural creation. This mirrors the ongoing commitment shown by the Cnac:

- to promote the professional integration of our students,

- and, also, to encourage and develop training and research activities for professionals in the circus arts and, more broadly, in the performing arts in France and abroad.


Gérard Fasoli, director of the CnacGérard Fasoli  -  General Manager of the CNAC

Gérard Fasoli has trained in both the arts and sports.

Raised in a family of musicians, he has sung, danced and acted. A high-level sportsman, he was on the French Trampoline team from 1976 to 1982.

At the same time, after qualifying as a physiotherapist, he worked for himself, specialising in orthopaedic and infant respiratory physiotherapy as well as kinesiology.

Within the cultural sector, he has worked in the professional circus milieu as a trapeze artist, acrobat, aerial choreographer, and technical and artistic advisor.

After working in the traditional circus (Alexis Gruss, Kröne), he also participated in several creations with the Baroque and Archaos circuses, and worked with emerging companies of the time (AOC, Moglice Von Verx, Hors Piste). His passion for music also led him to collaborate with the Tourcoing Atelier Lyrique, the Péniche Opéra and Yannis Kokos.

Working with numerous composers and choreographers (Hidehuki Yano, Elsa Wolliaton, Philippe Capdenat, Carlos D’Alesio, Carlota Ikéda and Kettly Noël), has fuelled his affinity for music and dance.

He has created stage designs for Espèces, Human Articulation and Le Mâtitube, the fruit of his collaboration with the author Christophe Huysman.

From 1985 onwards, he participated in the development of the National Circus Arts School (Enacr) in Rosny-sous-Bois and the implementation of its vocational course. He has taught acrobatic and aerial disciplines for almost ten years (1999 to 2008) at the National School and College of Higher Education for Circus Arts in Rosny-sous-Bois and Châlons-en-Champagne, at Fratellini in Saint-Denis, and in Montreal, San Francisco, London and Brussels.

In addition he has invented a new technique for aerial work using silks, and has also created a safety system for swinging trapeze artists.

He was an expert for the French Ministry of Culture commission for aid for creation and residency (DMDTS) from 2005 to 2008.

He is also an administrator for the European Federation of Vocational Circus Schools (Fedec), for the Maison du Cirque, the International Centre for Training in the Performing Arts, and is a circus expert for the accreditation commission for the National Superior Professional Diploma DNSP) in France.

From 2008 to 2012 he was director of the Higher School of Circus Arts (ESAC) in Brussels.

The CNAC board of directors subsequently named him general manager of the establishment with the approval of the Ministry of Culture. He took up his post on December 17th 2012.