Tragedy is always a possibility when one travels to escape. As I was enjoying the festival and getting ready for Exit, a group from France that does aerial acrobatics. In my version, as they were performing planes fly over and disturb their balloon causing mayhem.
An ambulance arrives and their version begins.
But in their version the mayhem had already started when, straight jacketed captives, de-capitvated themselves, stole a balloon to escape, only to be shot. Escaping is one thing; getting away another, but in this case, they exited, just not the way they had hoped.
In the end, they wrap things up literally and in less than 5 minutes the balloon, is put away, the stage is exited, for an other’s night’s performance.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: YANN ECAUVRE
COSTUME DESIGNER: SOLENNE CAPMAS
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: BASTIEN ROUSSEL
LIGHTING AND EFFECTS: JACQUES BOUAULT AND JACQUES-BENOÎT DARDANT
DESIGN OF THE HOT AIR BALLOON: BÉRENGÈRE GIAUX
The eccentric acrobatics of EXIT, by the CIRQUE INEXTREMISTE circus company occur in the basket of a 3,400m3 hot air balloon in captive flight, that metamorphoses the balance of the sky, producing a series of stunning images and breath-taking stunts. Clownish, surprising, corrosive, dramatic and crazy, Yann Ecauvre’s company of daredevil acrobats continues to play with the spectator’s fears and turn them inside out.