Searching for John

Stefan Kinsman - Cie La Frontera

La Nuit du Cirque

70 min / From 6 years old / Saison culturelle

  • Long form, Room
  • Cyr wheel
  • Text


As part of La Nuit du Cirque, an international event organized by Territoires de Cirque, with the support of the French Ministry of Culture.

In a wooden cabin open to the four winds, John Henry, a kind of modern-day lone cowboy, opens a window on his animist, poetic universe.

Inspired by characters from American literature (including Huckleberry Finn) and Stefan Kinsman’s cultural origins, John Henry is a traveler, a migrant for some, an adventurer for others. His travels are a never-ending introspection of himself.

In a gentle quest for his identity, Stefan Kinsman mixes the Cyr wheel with the manipulation of objects, which become his playmates. He takes us on a gentle dance that shakes every fiber of the set…

Cie La Frontera

The La Frontera company, born in 2019, has an artistic and cultural project based on the desire to question the accessibility of art in our society, to work with pedagogy, to open up the relationship between circus and other art forms, and to question the functioning and identity of an artistic company in our society.

The company is based in Nexon, Haute-Vienne (87), and Stefan Kinsman, the company’s artistic director, is an associate artist at the Sirque, Pôle National Cirque in Nexon, New Aquitaine. He is also an associate research artist at the Avant-Scène in Cognac.


  • By and with :
  • Stefan Kinsman
  • Sound creation :
  • Chloé Levoy
  • Lights creation :
  • Gautier Devoucoux
  • Costume design :
  • Kim Marro
  • Set construction :
  • Jean Marc Billon
  • Jani Nuutinen
  • Many thanks, Advice and Support :
  • Andrea Speranza
  • Text help :
  • Michel Cerda
  • Musicians :
  • Manu Deligne
  • Alejo Bianchi
  • General manager :
  • Nicolas Flacard
  • Production administration :
  • Thomas Balouet


Coproduction, Support, Residency, Pre-purchase : Le Sirque, Pôle National Cirque de Nexon – Nouvelle Aquitaine

Accueille en Résidence, Aide á la Résidence Hors les Murs : OARA Office Artistique de la Région Nouvelle – Aquitaine

Coproduction, Residency, Pre-purchase : Cirk’Éole, Montigny-lès-Metz – Grand Est / Le PALC, Pôle National Cirque du Grand Est – Grand Est

Coproduction, Residence: Flic Scuola di Circo – Turin, Italy.

Coproduction, Pre-purchase: Théâtre de l’Avant-Scène, Cognac – Nouvelle Aquitaine.

Coproduction: Grand Ciel – Grand Est / L’Agora, Pôle National Cirque de Boulazac – Nouvelle Aquitaine

In Residence: Maison de l’Économie Créative et Culturelle de la Région Nouvelle – Aquitaine / Association Angérienne d’Action Artistique (A4), Saint-Jean-D’Angély – Nouvelle Aquitaine / Le Champ de Foire, Saint-André-de-Cubzac, Nouvelle Aquitaine.

With the support of OARA.

Created for SACD Processus Cirque 2020.

La Frontera is supported by DRAC Nouvelle-Aquitaine as part of the 2020 creation grant.

> La Frontera website

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