A table, a man, a cup of tea. The tea ceremony resembles a miniature circus in which the sacred order of kettle, cup, spoon, knife, sugar cubes and matches gradually slides out of control. Treading a thin line between object theatre and clownery, Vu is the story of an obsessive-pedantic man, peevish and painstaking and the exact opposite of modern everyday hyperactivity. This master of the tea ceremony pays scrupulous attention to everyday objects, and, by using them in ways that do not fit their purpose, makes them appear recalcitrant and close to madness.
In 2003, Cie Sacékripa was founded by five professional circus artists who met during their two-year training at Le Lido, Centre des Arts du Cirque de Toulouse. Since then, the company has performed at numerous festivals in France and throughout Europe with various projects. Etienne Manceau is one of the five founding members, who gets to the heart of everyday matters with his solo performance in a ruthless and rigorous way.
Co-production with Pronomade(s) en Haute-Garonne CNAREP; Le Samovar (Bagnolet); Quelques p’Arts… CNAREP (Auvergne – Rhône-Alpes)
In cooperation with CIRCa, Pôle National des Arts du Cirque (Auch); La Petite Pierre (Jegun); l’Espace Catastrophe, Centre International de Création des Arts du Cirque (Brüssel); La Grainerie (Balma); Le Lido, Centre Municipal des Arts du Cirque (Toulouse); l’Eté de Vaour
Director: Sylvain Cousin, Etienne Manceau · Cast: Etienne Manceau · Lighting, sound: Pauline Hoa · Production: Cie Sacékripa · Photos: Alexis Doré, Camille Chalain
Sponsored by Institut français, le ministère de la Culture dans le cadre d'Objets & Marionnettes, Fokus 2021