Mathilde Benignus | La visite de l’acrobate / The acrobat’s visit
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La visite de l’acrobate / The acrobat’s visit

What happens when an acrobat meets elderly women at home? The result is a strange unspoken world, where intimacy, imbued with a great delicacy, reflects our own humanity. Each unique encounter reveals both fragile and extraordinary acrobatics so we look at those hand-to-hands as a way of apprehending the other, to hide neither the fears nor the desires.

Written and filmed by Mathilde Benignus with acrobat Alexandre Fray from the Compagnie Un loup pour l’Homme, edited by Antoine Dubois, January 2017.

Words of acrobat Alexandre Fray about the grandma’s project :

I wish to bring people I have met in my specific world of hand to hand balancing, where intimacy and the relationship to the other prevail. Going as far as possible, gently, with each one, listening to their fears, to their desires… To see what can be weaved in these extraordinary moments, where you accept for the first time to be lifted off the ground. Be attentive to the emotion blossoming out of this work.

There as well, we have to be extremely careful, to ensure that here, the persons feel comfortable, confident. Not to force anything, and to be listening entirely, both in the preparation and the moment. Living intensely the present moment. Everything happens in the attention we have for the other.

Alexandre Fray. More here about the company:

„The acrobat’s visit“ is on Vimeo, feel free to ask me the password.

The Grandma’s project was hosted and financed by the Theatre d’Houdremont in La Courneuve.

A scenic piece with the acrobat and a grandma were presented together with my video installation for the circus evening : Portez-vous bien.