Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Archaos - BX 91

Here is a video of the ground breaking punk circus Archaos' second production.

Archaos was a French contemporary circus created by Pierrot Bidon in 1986. It is an alternative, theatrical circus without animals, featuring dangerous stunts like chainsaw juggling, fire breathing, wall of death, etc.
The 1991 tour of Metal Clown encountered financial difficulties after the tent was destroyed by gales in Tallaght, Dublin. This, and a number of artistic differences, led to the demise of Archaos.
Archaos also helped inspire the British New Circus movement, led by companies like Mamaloucos (formed in 1996), who went on to collaborate with the Royal National Theatre.
In September 2010, an exhibition in London displayed the Archaos archive of films, photos, audio, etc. Ex-members travelled from all over the world to be at the five-day event. The exhibition was held in memory of Archaos founder Pierrot Bidon, who died earlier in the year. A website hosting the Archaos archive will come online in early 2011.

Long lost film of Legengary French Circus Archaos filmed in Bristol 1991. Directed by circus legend Pierrot Bidon. This show was called BX-91 and featured many performers and teccies who after Archaos went bankrupt later that year went on to feature and drive the new circus movement all around Europe and the world. You can see films/images and read stories about this amazing circus and its creator Pierrot on the Archaos Circus archive at archaos.info

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