"THIS IS THE END" 2011/2012

2011 graduation show

David Bobee of the Rictus Company

Creation at Cnac
december 2011

at the Châlons-en-Champagne circus


A 360° revolving stage, the interior of an open-space apartment, and the end of the world: twelve young people, who have come from all over the world to make their dreams come true, use their freedom, their culture, their language, their opinions, their illusions and their disillusionment, to talk about the world today. They themselves are the subjects of the show, along with freedom – the freedom of an era moulded by decades of globalisation and omnipresent communication. This is a circus composition staged through the written word, performed in a circular space, showing random fragments of life, and much raw beauty. It reveals a portrait of today's youth as both beautiful and chaotic, committed and lost.

Press kit (in french)  CNAC Press kit - THIS IS THE END, 2011 graduation show  or CNAC Press kit - THIS IS THE END, 2011 graduation show ( 433 ko)

The second stage of the CNAC curriculum, known as the professional integration class, comprises the creation and performance of a graduation show, which completes the Diploma in Circus Arts Professions (Dma).
The CNAC has entrusted David Bobee with directing the 23rd graduation show. This young, undeniably talented director studied theatre and cinema before setting up Rictus, his own company, in 1999. He often uses elements of theatre, dance, circus, video and lighting effects etc. when staging his shows.

The artistic and technical team

With the students of the 23rd CNAC graduating class

Lucas Bergandi Wire - Clément Dazin Juggling- Rafael De Paula Guimaraes Chinese poles - Kasper Holm Arial straps - Ashtar Muallem Silks - Viivi Roiha Tightrope - Thomas Vey Balancing apparatus / unicycle - Sopheak Houn (Ako)  Acrobatic lifts (pusher) - Sarav Roun (Apra) Acrobatic lifts (flyer) - Rémi Fardel Korean Teeterboard - Jérôme Hugo Korean Teeterboard - Amaia Valle Korean Teeterboard

Director David Bobee - Author Cristián Soto - Assistant Director Sophie Colleu  - Lighting Design Stéphane Babi Aubert - Sound Design Jean-Noël Françoise - Video Design and Production Julie Pareau - Stage Design and Construction Salem Ben Belkacem with the Cnac workshop and technical department - Production Manager / Chief Rigger Julien Mugica - Lighting Manager Audrey Quesnel - Sound Manager Grégory Adoir - Video Manager Vincent Griffaut - Stage Manager Jacques Girier - with thanks to Stéphanie Brault & Thomas Ferrand

Creation and Tour

at the Cnac in the historic circus of Châlons-en-Champagne

TOUR 2012

Paris (75) Parc de la Villette - Espace Chapiteaux
from January 18th to February 12th
under the CNAC big top
20 performances

Reims (51) Le Manège National Theatre
February 23rd, 24th & 25th at 8.30pm
In the circus

At the SPRING festival of new circus forms in Lower Normandy
- Coutances (50)  Municipal Theatre

March 15th, 16th & 17th
under the CNAC big top

- Cherbourg-Octeville (50) La Brèche, the Lower Normandy national centre for circus arts, in partnership with the Trident National Theatre
March 22nd, 23rd & 24th
in the theatre (circular)

- Caen (14) Caen Theatre
March 31st to April 1st & April 3rd to 6th
under the CNAC big top (in the grounds of Caen castle)

Douai (59) Hippodrome, National Theatre
April 12th, 13th 14th 2012 at 8pm
in the theatre (circular)

Obernai (67) The Pisteurs d'étoiles Festival
April 27th, 28th 29th
under a big top
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Spain - With the support of the Institut français
Madrid Teatro Circo Price
from May 30th to June 3rd
in the circus

Italy - Turin (*)  with the Cirko Vertigo School
Progetto C3+
June 11th, 12th & 13th
under the CNAC big top

Elbeuf (76) National centre for circus arts
October 4th, 5th & 6th
in the circus

Colombes (92) l'Avant Seine
October 18th, 19th & 20th
in the theatre (circular)

Auch (32) CIRCa Festival of current circus
from October 28th to 31st
under the CNAC big top

St Médard en Jalles (33) Le Carré-Les Colonnes Theatre
November 8th, 9th & 10th
under the CNAC big top

Charleville-Mézières (08)  MunicipalTheatre
November 17th, 18th & 19th
under the CNAC big top