In these early days of December, the brillant Stereoptik duo stops at the Monfort theatre with their Dark Circus. The plot is based on a story by Pef, a 77 year-old illustrator who still refuses to be serious.

It all begins with a dark circus, where people come in number only to grow unhappier, says the mischievous punch line.

Romain Bermond and Jean-Baptiste Maillet are both music, drawing and shadows virtuosi. On stage, they create a world full of poetry catering to all those who take the time to stop by. The electric guitar plays feverish chords while  an acoustic guitar plays the devil.

Dark Circus by Stereoptik, illustration Araso
Dark Circus by Stereoptik, illustration Araso

Drawings appear like calligraphies on a big screen in motion. The scenery is made of quicksands which swallows up acrobats to make room to newer landscapes. The earth shapes up mad horses; breaking free from the arena, they lead the audience to unexplored grounds where everything is still to be built.

Everything is beautiful in this energetic and sagacious show, a lesson of creativity that doesn’t lack wit.


Dark Circus is a show by Stereoptik presented at the Monfort Theater with the Théâtre de la Ville, until December 17th 2016. 8 pm, Grande salle du Monfort, before going on a global tour. Duration 1h.