The project - Dans l'espace ('In the space')

Tending towards a goal, some characters find themselves at a moment, at a place – precarious of course – and it’s too late, they are there now, they have to deal with it. To be there, to have arrived there, in the middle of the ford, without really knowing why, without knowing where to go next. Summoning a bag of sand, a copper tube, a rope, a stone, a ladder…, situational relationships are created, the sacrifices of one person competing with the mischief of the others.

Dans l’espace, a circular piece (mostly for circus top) for 4 circus artists and 2 live musicians, aims to materialize the interactions of human beings and the environmental forces that bathe the reality of their existence. What to do with these forces? To dominate them, to tame them, to abandon oneself to them?

Team and partners

Artistic direction : Alexandre Fray
Circus artists 
: Leon Börgens, Pablo Escobar, Alexandre Fray, Špela Vodeb
Live musicians
: Joris Pesquer et Enguerran Wimez / Dalès
: Miriam Kooyman
Outside eye
: Paola Rizza
Outside ear
: Matthias Penaud
Technic team 
: Rémi Athonady, Léo Debeugny
Light design
: Bastiaan Schoof
: Nola van Timmeren
Advice for sound in the tent
: Benoit Courribet, Fanny Thollot
Management and touring 
: Lou Henry, Emma Lefrançois
: Valérie Frossard
: Estelle Laurentin
Thanks to
: Caroline Cardoso, Pierre-Jean Faggiani, Laurent Mulowsky

Production : Un loup pour l’homme

Coproduction : La Faïencerie, Scène Conventionnée d’Intérêt National Art en Territoire, Théâtre de Creil (60), Cirque Jules Verne, Pôle National Cirque et Arts de la Rue, Amiens (80), Agora, Pôle National Cirque, Boulazac (24), Le Carré magique, pôle national des arts du cirque en Bretagne, Lannion (22), Théâtre Firmin Gémier / La Piscine, Pôle national cirque d’Antony, et ses donateurs (92), Tandem , Scène Nationale Arras-Douai (59-62), CCN2 – Centre Chorégraphique National, Grenoble (38), Theater Op de Markt, Dommelhof (BE), Transversales, scène conventionnée cirque, Verdun (55) – en partenariat avec Cirk’Eole Metz et le réseau GRAND CIEL, Plateforme 2 Pôles Cirque en Normandie (La Brèche Cherbourg (50) et Cirque-théâtre d’Elbeuf (76)), Pôle Régional Cirque Le Mans (72), Fabrik Potsdam (DE), Le Prato PNC Lille (59), Le Palc Pôle National Cirque Châlons en Champagne Grand Est (51).

Soutien : Conseil Régional Hauts-de-France, DGCA – Ministère de la Culture, DRAC Hauts-de-France (au titre de l’aide aux compagnies conventionnées). Un loup pour l’Homme est compagnie associée à la Faïencerie de Creil et au Prato à Lille, et sociétaire de Filage (coopérative d’accompagnement des acteur·rices artistiques et culturel·les, Lille).

© Valérie Frossard

On tour

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The project

Two women attempting to grasp a fleeting moment. Through a constant readjusting of brittle tension, together we unravel the inner workings of a delicate balance. As women we can take positions which are not evident in everyday life. Awakening new roles and shifting between them should never be taken for granted.

We seek to achieve this by using tender strength, by expressing ourselves in a sensitive way, by building an intimate zone, and by allowing every little detail to be processed and observed.

Passing Swiftly © Charlotte_Orsini

Passing Swiftly at Leuven © Emma Lefrançois

© Clémence Leleu


  • Creators : Špela Vodeb, Christine Daigle
  • Musicians : Enguerran Wimez, Joris Presquer / Dalès
  • Visual and performance designer : Hristina Sormaz
  • Artistic adviser : Alexandre Fray & Cathy Blisson
  • Manager : Lou Henry, Emma Lefrançois & Chloé Vancutsem

Production : Un loup pour l’homme

Passing Swiftly is being created on the road (roads of France, Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Catalunya, Holand), in diverse locations, and at residency places, with support of/ in collaboration with: :

La Faïencerie – Creil (France), Room 100 – Split (Croatie) / co-production, Cirkorama – Zagreb (Croatie) / co-production,  Teatroskop – Southeastern European Network for Performing Arts and l’Institut français de Serbie, Akropoditi Dancefest – Syros (Grèce), Zirkus Quartier and festival Wagenvarieté – Zurich (Switzerland) / co-production, L’Association des Compagnies de Cirque Associées (ACCA) (Suisse), Združenje Muzofil (Slovenie) – Municipality of Celje (Slovenie), Hiša kulture Celje (Slovenie), Zavod Celeia Celje (Slovenie), MCC Celjski mladinski center (Slovenia), City of Women – Ljubljana (Slovenie) (en discussion)

La compagnie Un loup pour l’homme est artiste associée au théâtre de la Faïencerie de Creil pour trois saisons. Elle est également conventionnée par la DRAC Hauts-de-France et sociétaire de Filage (coopérative d’accompagnement  des acteur·trices artistiques et culturel·les, Lille).


Creation (2021-2023)

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Grand-mother project


The « Grand-mother project » has started in 2006 with cultural actions. Little by little, it has grown to become an actual  artistic production project.

 « J’aurai toujours des rêves, maman » (I will always have dreams, mum) is a research project about the gesture of carrying and what it means with elderly people whom Alexandre Fray meets. Taking the time to meet, to relate to each other, to listen a lot, create an atmosphere favourable to confidence and connection, and therefore be able to evolve towards a common physical work later. It is out of the question to rush the relationship. It is about finding intimacy, imbued with a great delicacy. You cannot suddenly find yourself holding up a stranger, abandoning yourself in the arms of someone without this particular attention.

The idea is then to bring people in the world of hand to hand balancing, where intimacy and the relationship to the other prevail. Going as far as possible, gently, with each one, listening to their fears, to their desires… To see what can be weaved in these extraordinary moments, where you accept for the first time to be lifted off the ground. Be attentive to the emotion blossoming out of this work.

More info

Grand-mother Project © Florence Joubert

Grand-mother Project © Karim Zeriahem

Grand-mother Project © Karim Zeriahem

Team and partners


Artistic direction : Alexandre Fray
By and with : Alexandre Fray (or André Rosenfeld Sznelwar), Miriam Kooyman, Cathy Blisson
Outside eye : Christophe Bergon
Image : Karim Zeriahen


Production : Un loup pour l’Homme

Partners coproduction :

CYCLE 1 – Théâtre d’Arles – scène conventionnée pour les nouvelles écritures, Houdremont scène conventionnée – La Courneuve (93), Le Manège Scène nationale de Reims, CG92/Théâtre Firmin Gémier La Piscine Antony, Le Sirque Pôle National des Arts du cirque de Nexon

CYCLE 2 – Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf, Pôle national des arts du cirque – Normandie (76), Lavrar o Mar, Aljezur (Portugal), Ay Roop Scène de territoire pour les arts de la piste (Rennes – 35)

En tournée (2021 - ...)

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As we like to say, if acrobatic carrying is at the heart of our work, it’s because we’re not soloists. It’s not the single individual that interests us so much as the relationships we develop with others. Our work is by nature oriented towards human encounters, and our project is obviously completed by an increased attention to transmission and sharing, with non-professionals as well as professionals from the circus and other fields, within colleges, EHPAD, social centers or circus schools.

We are enriched by these interactions with others, in all their diversity, and with the benevolence and respect of our colleagues.

Kids and parents workshop © Emma Lefrançois

Blind Walk © Emma Lefrançois

Circus initiation © Emma Lefrançois


Suitable circus © Valérie Frossard

Professionnal workshop © Valérie Frossard


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