Company associated with la Verrerie d’Alès en Cevennes / The Languedoc-Roussillon’s National Circus Centre (pôle cirque) for 2011, 2012, 2013
Neither « nouveau cirque», nor « contemporary circus» …
Above all we’re talking about a present-day circus that takes its references from the world as it is. It is an art that progresses outside the usual traditional lines we would expect it to follow, or even beyond the outside.
Going “off the beaten track” (hors pistes in French) gives access to places that we would never have reached without a little boldness, recklessness or a little perseverance. Then again when you think about it, there is no circus without risk.
And this is how it all began…
The Hors Pistes Circus Company most certainly originates in the “Cie Anomalie”, a company formed by a group of students from the National Centre of Circus Arts (CNAC) before they had even graduated from school.
Because every action leads to another, Vincent Gomez drew from the energy of this group to create a new company guided by his will to evolve and driven by his desire to create a whole new collective experience.
That is how Hors Pistes came into being in 2006. From that moment the company decides to anchor itself to its territory and create sustainable relationships with theatres, local councils, learning places as well as national and international organisations. Strong from its networks, the company has now established itself as a landmark and has become a real force of proposition for the sector/industry. The company has gone beyond its primary role of “show manufacturer” (indeed, in spite of it artistic purpose, shows nevertheless remain a “consumable product”).
The company artistically came to be with its first show Coma Idyllique (Idyllic Coma) in October 2008. Straight away the show was a success, receiving a huge enthusiasm from audiences in France and abroad. A stepping stone for the following shows and projects including: Nom de code: temps libre (Code Name: Time Off) in 2009, L’Orage et le Cerf-volant (The Kite and the Storm) in 2010, Ordures et Ménagère (Scumbags and Housewife) in 2011 and currently Histoires Russes? (Russian Stories?)