The BNP Paribas Foundation, a loyal sponsor of contemporary circus arts, is working with the National Circus Arts Centre of the Mediterranean on the first-ever International Biennale of the Circus Arts, taking place in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in France, from January 22 to February 22, 2015.

Marseilles, Aix-en-Provence, Martigues, Nice, Gap, la Seyne sur Mer, Draguignan and other towns in the region will host in over 40 theatres and festivals more than 40 circus companies putting on 200 shows (half of which will be world premieres), during a one-month period. The beating heart of the Biennale, "le village Chapiteaux", will be set up in front of the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations in Marseilles.

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Three artistes who have benefited from the support of the BNP Paribas Foundation will be performing during this first Biennale:

- Chloé Moglia: The BNP Paribas Foundation began supporting the acrobat and her company Rhizome this year. She will be presenting the world premiere of Aléas #3 from 5 to 7 February 2015 at the Le Merlan theatre in Marseilles.

- Martin Zimmermann: The duo consisting of Zimmerman and Dimitri de Perrot – Zimmermann & de Perrot – have been receiving support from the Foundation since 2006. Zimmerman will be performing his first solo creation, Hallo, from 22 to 25 January at the Le Merlan theatre in Marseilles.

- Aurélien Bory: The director and his company 111 enjoyed BNP Paribas Foundation support from 2003 to 2012. Bory will be staging Plan B, a piece created in 2003 with Phil Soltanoff, on 17 and 18 February at the La Garance theatre in Cavaillon.

Photography credit: LIGNE rouge © Benoît Pelletier

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