19 July 2017


La dernière saison - Cirque Plume | Télérama (presse_lds) {PDF}

Cirque Plume’s large, yellow, multi-peaked big top is setting out on its last journey. Once the last season — La Dernière Saison — has passed, following three years of touring, the famous company of the 1980’s will stop, closing on thirty-six years of existence. Its founders, including the Kudlak brothers, will have earned their time to go tend their gardens. That’s in a way what they’ve done in their latest production. A tree branch hangs above, remaining there to experience all of the seasons. Its dead leaves fly onto the stage early on, in a series of scenes carried out successfully by the whole troupe. Leaves, like the umbrellas we see later in the piece, have often been “allies” of this troupe, frequently employed by these sensitive image-makers. This talent of Plume’s is incontestable. Yet the show is unconvincing. The alternating circus acts and sketches — tongue and cheek, somewhat clunky — form a tiring binary rhythm. The young guest artists are missing a certain charm, with the exception of an assuredly and delightfully crazy contortionist and a ground acrobat. There’s no real clown either, no one such as the sea lion-like Mick Holsbeke, the revelation of the company’s previous show. Here, the “zoomorphic” guest artist Cyril Casmèze (who has performed with Plume before) disappoints. He acts like a gorilla numerous times, but once would be enough. His reoccurring antics fall short.

Emmanuelle Bouchez