Frenchman Johann Le Guillerm is one of the most outstanding and at the same time atypical personalities of contemporary circus. He works at the fringes of the genre and proves that those who attempt to limit circus to its devices and disciplines, fall short. Le Guillerm, on the one hand, proceeds with the rigor of a scientist, and on the other, utilizes a skillset worthy of a poetic magician. His artistic universe includes sculptures, constructions, exhibitions, and performances.
This year’s festival presents a four-part showcase of his work: "Terces," a umbrella piece in which Le Guillerm deconstructs the workings of the circus; "Encatation," a production in which he collaborates with 2-star chef Alexandre Gauthier for a feast of the senses; "Transumante," an open air performance lasting several hours; and "La Calasoif," a mechanical sculpture on display at the Stadtmuseum.
In 1994, Le Guillerm created his first solo piece under the name of his company "Cirque ici". From that moment on, he has tirelessly developed a unique approach and innovative methods of exploration and invention. He did this while traveling halfway around the world with his projects. In France, he has been awarded the highest honors: "Grand Prix National du Cirque" (1996), "Grand Prix des Arts du Cirque SACD" (2005) and "Grand Prix SACD" (2017).
Johann Le Guillerm has only been seen once in German-speaking Switzerland, in 1993 at the Theater spectacle in Zurich, with the legendary "Cirque O". By the way, the producer of Cirque O was Ueli Hirzel, who graciously accepted our invitation to appear at cirqu'9 as an artist.