Founded in 2014, Cirque Le Roux is a French circus company based in Nouvelle Aquitaine region of France. Imbued with a cinematic, meticulously detailed aesthetic, its high-voltage performances are rich in tragicomic, dreamlike atmospheres.

Cirque Le Roux attempts to create captivating, original worlds that are suffused with personal significance and pull from a wide variety of artistic influences. They base their research on the diversity and variety of the human condition. The artist’s rigourous circus training allows them to push physical boundaries and use their acrobatic disciplines as a motor to further a narrative dramaturgy. Their works come to life in touching theatrical gems that evoke emotion and question our connection and trust in ourselves and others.

In 2015 the four co-founders (Lolita Costet-Antunes, Grégory Arsenal, Philip Rosenberg and Yannick Thomas) created The Elephant in the Room, an exhilarating and deliciously retro circus comedy that over the past four years has been presented more than 400 times all over the world. The show played to sold-out houses at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it was nominated for a Total Theatre Award (2015). Some 50,000 spectators attended the performances at Bobino Paris, and the company received the Étoile du Parisien award in 2017.

The originality and virtuosity of the piece led to invitations to popular television shows such as the Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde, Quotidien with Yann Barthès, the Molières awards ceremony at Folies Bergères and Michel Drucker’s Vivement Dimanche. The cinematic nature of “The Elephant in the Room” also led to broadcasts of the piece on national networks like TV5 Monde, Canal +, and several international broadcasts.

In 2019, Cirque Le Roux took up the challenge of creating a new work, another extraordinary “cinema-circus”. A Deer in the Headlights, nominated to the 2020 Molière of Best Visual Creation, continues the pursuit of artistic excellence at all levels (acting, acrobatic technique, combinations of disciplines, set design, costumes, etc.). This new show can be viewed as a follow-up to the first piece, yet set some 35 years later.

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