©Francis Rodor


Cie Nicanor de Elia

55 mins / From 4 years old / Festival

  • Long form, Room
  • Balls, Clubs, Contact, Rings
  • Graphic manipulation, Without words
  • Frontal
  • Outside the Walls


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  • Le Cube Garges (2023)
  • Thursday 30 March 2023 / 14:30
  • School representation

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  • Le Cube Garges (2023)
  • Friday 31 March 2023 / 20:30
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  • Full price: 13€.

    Reduced rate : 10€

    Specific price : 6€.

Five jugglers use juggling as a poetic instrument and revolutionary gesture.
Juventud is a juggled manifesto that finds its energy and aspiration to speed through the strength of youth. Here, beauty emerges from the bastardized complexity of a group in anarchic movement and in constant acceleration. Celebrating speed and change, Juventud relies on circus physicality in a game of multiple cohabitations, friction and contrasts: an ode to freedom.

Juggling is a solitary pleasure. Borrowing passing through from choreographer David Zambrano, Nicanor de Elia leads five jugglers to abandon the security of autarky. With youth as a starting point and the future as a horizon to be recharged with promising energies, they embark on a game of variations mixing juggling, movement, sound, light and video. In an ascending spiral, they rush, get lost and caught up, affirm and contaminate each other, in search of a combination that will suck them into a common dynamic, both plural and shared.

Nicanor de Elia Company

Juggler, dancer, choreographer, teacher and director, his work focuses on the opening of emotional spaces, sharing with the public, questioning the theatrical, aesthetic and spatial forms of play. Concerned with innovation, he willingly leaves the beaten track to develop a new transversal language, where the multiple forms of the current circus are projected towards the future.

With his company NDE, he creates shows at the edge of dance and juggling, with the G.Bistaki (FR) he questions the space of play and the manipulation of objects and opens spaces of artistic laboratories and research with the Garage29 (BE).

Nicanor goes to meet circus schools in Europe and other companies to share his experience with new generations. He collaborates with ESACTO-LIDO in France, ESAC in Brussels and CODARTS in the Netherlands.

The company was awarded the Jury Prize for Innovation at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain 2023 with an excerpt from Juventud.


  • Director, choreographer :
  • Nicanor De Elia
  • Artist :
  • Juan Duarte Mateos
  • Lucas Castelo Branco
  • Nahuel Desanto
  • Gonzalo Rodriguez Fernandez
  • Walid El Yafi
  • Playwright :
  • Olivier Hespel
  • Sound Designer :
  • Giovanni di Domenico
  • Video creation :
  • Guillaume Bautista
  • Lighting Designer :
  • Florence Richard
  • Light control :
  • Lilian Guitou
  • Production and Administration :
  • Luz Fernandez / Le Chalumeau


Partners, residency, support :

A co-production of Mars – Mons, performing arts (BE)

UP! Festival Circus & Performing Arts (BE)

Theater Op de Markt – Dommelhof (BE) / CIRCa – pôle National Cirque – Auch (FR) / La Grainerie – Fabrique des arts du cirque et de l’itinérance (FR) / Maison des Jonglages, Scène Conventionnée La Courneuve (FR) / Centre Culturel Théâtre des Mazades (FR) / Circuscentrum (BE) / Latitude50 (BE) / Garage29 (BE)

The Occitanie Region – The DRAC Occitanie – The City of Toulouse – The Wallonia Brussels Federation – Spedidam – Occitanie en Scène

Le Chalumeau Production

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