The circus festival reopens the doors at Espace des 2 rives

Michael Lancel (left), in charge of the technical part and the artistic workshops, and Brigitte Le Gallais, director of Espace des 2 rives present the poster for the 11th edition of the Circus Festival © La Dépêche de Louviers – Chiara By Martino

For 11 years now has every yearArea of ​​the 2 coastssocial center for the municipalities clowns and Manor-sur-Seine (Eure)arranges one Circus Festival contemporary. This event started Friday, June 3rd and it lasts until Friday, June 24th. It’s completely free thanks to support from the Seine Eure metropolitan area and the branch council.

As we say Daniel BayardPresident of Espace des 2 rives,

This festival is not only a program of shows, there are also artists in the residence for a whole week, which provides workshops for students from the schools of Pîtres and Manoir-sur-Seine.

“Brings culture to rural areas”

In addition, this project mobilizes about thirty volunteers each year to help organize the month, especially for the gathering of the great summit, which is installed behind the town hall in Pîtres. But also for other activities, such as cooking for artists in residence.

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The marking tent is installed behind the town hall. © Louvier Broadcast – Chiara De Martino

This is an opportunity to bring culture to the countryside and raise awareness of circus art.

Brigitte Le Gallais, director of Espace des 2 rives

“The circus is a much anticipated event,” he explains Brigitte Le Gallais, during this month we are breathing circus in the city. »

Every week there are several activities planned by this festival: on Fridays at. 19.00 everyone is invited to a show where different artists perform each time.

During the week, several workshops are offered in collaboration with the resident artists on site.

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A group of about fifteen children follow the workshops. © Louvier Broadcast – Chiara De Martino

A wide range of workshops

Wednesdays are especially dedicated to workshops, mornings for children in the leisure center and afternoons for parents / child activities.

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On Wednesday 8 June between 9.30 and 11.30 the first workshop took place. They attended about fifteen children between the ages of 6 and 8 years.

The children are waiting anxiously in the workshops. For them, it is an ordinary meeting.

Mathilde Vatinel, senior social worker in the municipality of Pîtres

According to Mathilde Vatinel, children need more and more activities to support them in the development of their motor skills. In fact, Cochise Leberre, acrobat, and Idriss Rocca, juggler and acrobat, the two artists leading the first week’s workshops, invite these elementary school children to follow the activities he offers them with “a lot of seriousness.” “We’re not going to do anything,” Idriss Rocca said to the children as they all lined up and asked them to emulate the way certain animals walk. Such as the seal or the chimpanzee.

“With the pandemic, there have been brakes, but this kind of opportunity makes it possible to create links and return to a normal context. In addition, it gives children from different municipalities the opportunity to meet again, ”concludes Mathilde Vatinel.

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The children practice with the artists to mimic the steps of the chimpanzees. © Louvier Broadcast – Chiara De Martino

“With the pandemic, there have been brakes, but this kind of context makes it possible to create links and return to a normal context. In addition, it gives children from different municipalities the opportunity to meet again, ”concludes Mathilde Vatinel.

The next show, “Les Bavacheuses: Y’a pin d’mal!” by the company Les pieds au mur, is scheduled for Friday, June 17 at. The workshops continue throughout the month until June 23. For more information, go to the website: https://espacedes2rives.com/

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