Summer quarter: the Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf offers four festive weekends to its audiences

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Aurélien Delavaud

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May 23, 2024 at 9:10 p.m.

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Transform the Elbeuf fairground into guinguette and in open-air circus stage. This is the funny challenge that the Circus-Theater and its partners with the first edition of Quartier d’été.

During four weekends in a rowfrom Friday May 24, 2024, numerous shows and activities, almost all freewill be offered to recreate or strengthen the link between the cultural establishment and the public.

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“We think that it is relevant to end the season on a good note and that it is a nice gentle start to the summer,” explained Laurence Renou, elected to the Métropole and president of the Cirque-Théâtre, during the presentation of the event.

Nicolas Rahir, interim director since the retirement of Yveline Rapeau a few days ago, welcomed the efforts made “to reinvent itself in a context of very strong budgetary constraints”.

But the one who perhaps best summed up, with supporting figures, what Quartiers d’été will be is Hélène Cadiou, the general secretary of the establishment.

There are four artistic and festive weekends, between 3,000 and 4,000 spectators expected, three open-air weekends and an under-tent, five shows, 10 performances for all audiences, three introductory workshops for amateurs.

Helene Cadiou

Each of these four festive weekends will have its own theme, its main show(s) and its workshops.

Weekend 1

To kick off the festivities, the first weekend, from Friday May 24 to Sunday May 26, 2024, will feature tightrope walking in the spotlight. The main show, Timbuktu, will feature an artist walking 10 meters above the ground while telling a story to the audience during three performances (Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m.).

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The Timbuktu show will delight tightrope walking enthusiasts. ©Olivier Debelhoir

At the same time, the fairground will host musical aperitifs led by EMDAE students, an introduction to yarn or even wooden games made and offered by Adapt.

Weekend 2

On Saturday June 1 and Sunday June 2, 2024, it’s time for amazing apparatus! The two shows not to be missed will be The Giant Swing and Double Dutch Experience. The first features artist Sidney Pin, who will perform aerobatics and acrobatics on a 12-meter-high swing (Saturday at 8:15 p.m. and Sunday at 6:15 p.m.).

The second, at cross between hip-hop and circuswill offer dancing and acrobatics between two jump ropes (Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5:30 p.m.).

The rest of the weekend will be punctuated by the three villages of Spring Seinemusical aperitifs, an open stage for urban dance lovers and a battle between 16 artists representing different styles of hip-hop.

Weekend 3

It will be a special moment in the Summer Quarter programming. On Friday June 7, Saturday 8 and Sunday June 9, the festivities will be hosted under a big top with, as a highlight, two performances of the only paid show of the event: Celestial Fouloir.

It’s electrifying, even euphoric. It’s inspired by Fest Noz or rave parties, under a big top, with seven high-energy artists.

Margot Palenzuela, responsible for cultural action and programming for young audiences.

A show from which the public should come away fully charged, with energy that they can spend on Saturday evening during a large afro ball open to all.

Celestial Fouloir will be one of the highlights of the Quartier d’été program. ©Roman Chartier

Weekend 4

Summer Quarters, for its first edition, will close on Friday June 21, 2024, after a week dedicated to trampolining. Every day, the Trampoville project will move to a different neighborhood for initiations and demonstrations.

The L’Envol show, its artists and its four immense trampolines will close this sequence on Friday, at 8 p.m., on the fairground before passing the baton to the Music Festival and the TSF group.

Complete program for the four weekends of Cirque-Théâtre Quartiers d’été can be found on the Cirque-Théâtre website.

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