Gaïa Global Circus
A man dressed in black standing in profile in front of a large silver circle element whose center is bluish. Behind him a man dressed in white holding a balloon in his hands.
Une tragi-comédie climatique
Wed, January 29, 2014 8 pm CET, Theater

The theater project »Gaïa Global Circus« began with the observation of a paradox: nobody can any longer avoid ecological debates, and although we are confronted with global warming and the end of the mankind, we feel nothing. We are unable to perceive and experience the so fragile and at the same time so powerful earth − »Gaïa«.

With »Gaïa Global Circus« French philosopher, anthropologist and sociologist Bruno Latour addresses a problem, which he had already thematized in 2005 in the ZKM exhibition »Making Things Public«: the gap between the significance of what is at stake and the limited repertoire of concepts and feelings with which we attempt to approach these questions.

»Gaïa Global Circus« is not a science theater, it is not a didactic or pedagogic venture. It far rather concerns a theatrical experiment, which facilitates the simulation of behavioral patterns and experiences, which do not exist. The tragicomedy presents the plethora of ecological discourses and conflicts and allows us to experience our own inconsistencies and our hesitancy in view of great uncertainty.

The one-and-a-half-hour play, which had its premiere showing in Toulouse 2013, and which can now be seen in Germany for the first time, will be performed in French with English subtitles.

Other venues

Théâtre Sorano, Toulouse, September 28 and 29, 2013
»Reims. Scènes d'Europe«, Comédie de Reims, November 30 and December 1, 2013
Théâtre du Passage, Neuchâtel, April 30, 2014
The Kitchen, New York, September 24 and 25, 2014

Project team
  • Direction: Frédérique Aït-Touati und Chloé Latour
  • Text: Pierre Daubigny
  • Actors: Claire Astruc, Luigi Cerri, Jade Collinet, Matthieu Protin
  • Szenography: Olivier Vallet (Compagnie les Rémouleurs)
  • Equipment/Costumes: Elsa Blin
  • Lighting: Olivier Vallet et Benoît Aubry
  • Music: Laurent Sellier
  • Production management: Gaëlle About
  • Assistance: Marie Sawaya