The utopian body

Nikolaus Holz

For twenty years and without a red nose, Nikolaus has renewed the art of the clown. Here, he is part of a quartet, in a production that praises imbalance and failing beautifully. Incisive and unfailingly generous.

A young backpacker, a gendarmerie colonel, an old professor and his secretary are gathered together for a public debate on security. Something unexpected happens and, all of a sudden, things get out of hand. Amidst the disorder, Nikolaus, two daredevil acrobats and Pierre Byland – a significant figure in the history of the clown – perform one feat after another. They bounce from a pirouette on a Chinese pole to an unbelievable balancing act, followed by music hall-style juggling and singing.


Nikolaus Maria Holz, what a circus ! We think we see a clown, and we discover a juggler. Or the contrary. Hilarious. The lord of the juggling." - Télérama


with Mehdi Azema, Pierre Byland, Ode Rosset, Nikolaus

an idea of Nikolaus Holz
stage direction Christian Lucas
scenography Raymond Sarti
light Hervé Gary
costumes Fanny Mandonnet
sound Michel Maurer
artistic collaboration Aude Schmitter
builders Daniel Doumergue, Olivier Gauducheau

PRÉ-O-COUPÉ - The PRÉ-O-COUPÉ company is contracted by the Ministry of Culture - DRAC Île-de-France — Région Île-de-France and Conseil Général du Val de Marne
coproduction Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf, Pôle National des Arts du Cirque de Haute Normandie — CIRCa, Auch Gers Midi-Pyrénées Pôle National des arts du cirque, La Verrerie d’Alès — Pôle National des arts du Cirque Languedoc Roussillon — Ville de Cournon d’Auvergne, La Coloc’ de la Culture, Théâtre de Cusset — Scène conventionnée cirque — Label scène régionale d’Auvergne, La Cascade — Pôle national des Arts du cirque Bourg St Andéol
with the support Plus Petit Cirque du Monde — Centre des Arts du Cirque et des Cultures émergentes | This show received financial support from the Ministry of Culture within the framework of the Creation Assistance of DGCA and SPEDIDAM.
thanks to Auvergne pianos, Comb’In L’Atelier Philippe Lenoir, Atelier Musical Pianos Eric Callégari, Atelier du piano Guillaume Le Barbier, Régie pianos