Small intimate, beast-like circus in a greenhouse

Two frenzied acrobats unroll the miniature madness

Alexandre Demidoff
Le Temps (CH)

They welcome us into their greenhouse. A carpet of plastic grass serves as their playground. A hundred spectators push in on each other in small clumps. Didier André and Jean-Paul Lefeuvre are the official gardners for the day. They have already planted two comical strips of flowers, red carnations and miniature sun flowers that stare each other down across the small stage.

 

One of the two dozes in his hammock. The other, firm limbs clad in nothing but a pair of black cotton boxer shorts, rattles heaven and earth to try to shake his sidekick from the torpor. Here he is now, waltzing  with his wheelbarrow while a cassette-player delivers all the sweetest oldies. Honey in the sweat.

 

It’s all there : in the fairground muscle and the light waves of melancholy. The Greenhouse is an intimate circus. In barely thirty minutes, the acrobats provide delicate thrills that are worth far more than the flashiest, sequined circus fantasia can provide.

 

Twenty five years ago, these two were part of Cirque O, a circus show in the shape of a fist, that chased away the animals from the ring and injected venom into the body of it’s acrobats, both victim and persecutor. It was a cruel and brave circus. A history of the fools that brought us together.

Today, the pair prefer miniature coups. Contained folly. We see an athlete-gentleman, hands stuck to the ground, feet pointed toward heaven, stretching his legs and making a mooing sound. It’s both bestial and child-like. The whole soul of circus in one small sound.

 

Tages Anzeiger (CH)

 

But the 30 minutes passed too quickly. They were funny and absurd, original

and astonishing at times (...) The Greenhouse is like a snack that leaves you wanting more.

 

 

Le Journal dans la Rue (FR)

 

The ant and the grasshopper side by side. The duo gives rise to juggling and acrobatic acts

that are absurd more often than not. Poetic and humorous circus. A must see.

 

Vers l’Avenir (B)

An authentic marathon of useless skills. Good taste for the ludicrous

is what grows in this particular Greenhouse.

Volkskrant (NL)

 

Thanks to its constancy and humor, the Greenhouse rises above the usual in summer festivity.

 

Le Midi Libre (FR)

 

Two eccentric emperors who manage to crack you up

with the simple acrobatics of the right eyebrow (...) Insane!​

 

La Montagne (FR)

 

The audience so often drawn into fits of laughter, in the end the show leaves us overwhelmed

with affection. A poem of daily "acrobattiness" out of which we come cheerful and dreamy.

 

La Serre

Written &

performed by

Didier ANDRÉ &

Jean-Paul LEFEUVRE

  • First produced in 2001

  • Show performed under a greenhouse

  • Capacity 106 people

  • Length 30 mn (3 times/day)

  • For audiences from 7 years of age up

Room for 2 wheelchairs

Silent show

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© 2019 Atelier Lefeuvre & André