Thursday, 1 September 2011

James Thiérreé a Master Showman and creator of worlds

When La Clique played in the Famous Spiegeltent which was set up in Sydney's Hyde Park back in 2008, I was lucky enough to get tickets. The show was created by James Thierreé, the grandson of Charlie Chaplin. I thought to myself, that is big shoes to fill - but I must say he filled them so much he had to curl his toes.  He didn't just get genes passed on from his grandfather, but also got circus in with the mothers milk. His mum Victoria Chaplin and father Jean-Baptiste Thiérreé ran Le Cirque Imaginaire and James began appearing in the show when he was 4.
The Grand opening image of the show where a coil of rope twirling and unfurling so large it would put even Derek Ives -Australia's own dark clown rope-master- to shame. It is breathtakingly captivating and formidable. This massive spectacle was followed by a heart thumping piece of physical theatre. Before long your intrepid showman was in tears.
I have been searching the tube on semi regular basis for footage of his epic creations, and yesterday I found it. I highly recommend this show, to anyone who has ever loved and lived.

Here is the link to his beautiful creation Au Revoir Parapluie. The link is for part one, once it finishes just follow the links to part two etc...

part 1
part 2

part 3

part 4

part 5

part 6

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