France Soir
13 November 1999

The Cirque Plume’s light poetry

Guillaume TESSON
Modern dance, theatre, comedy musical? The latest Cirque Plume show is all of these things. Indeed it is echoed in its name, Mélanges - Opéra Plume or Mixtures. Belonging to the very much in vogue "new circus" movement, the Plume troupe opens up new horizons, telling the story of an angel who turns up in a colony of artists. Of course jugglers, balancing acts, and trapeze artists are all part of the party, but their acts (in pure circus tradition) are performed at the very heart of the light and poetic plot in which singing and dancing are omnipresent. All of these genres are combined in one of the most successful scenes, when Jean-Marie Jacquet, playing a tambourine, literally takes to the air and leaves the stage. Little, and above all big kids, will be delighted with it all. The performers, acrobats, musicians and singers rival with one another in talent. A special mention goes to Bonaventure Gacon, who does a bearded angel, hairy and in a sorry state in his threadbare raincoat, a bit lost in this world of men which he can’t quite understand. From the first few seconds of the show, he succeeds in communicating to the spectators all the tender emotion and humour of his character.