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Season 2016 - 2017
Les subsistances

International laboratory
for creative research – Lyon

Pr Programming

Les Nouveaux Nez & Cie

Triiio : Piola, Fritz, Félix

15, 16, 17 and 18 December 2016




Gabriel Chamé Buendia (Piola), Heinzi Lorenzen (Fritz) and Alain Reynaud (Félix Tampon): three clowns, four languages: between tradition and experimentation.

Three clowns, three approaches: French, South American, and Anglo. Four different languages: French, German, Spanish, and English. Alain Reynaud, Heinzi Lorenzen and Gabriel Chamé Buendia all have different, highly personal experiences of clown work. They have worked with companies as diverse as Les Nouveaux Nez, Le Cirque du Soleil, and the Footsbarn Travelling Theatre. After crossing paths with each other for the past several years, they decided to form a clown trio, a format that is hard to create and even harder to sustain.


Les clowns :
Alain Reynaud, Félix Tampon
Heinzi Lorenzen, Fritz
Gabriel Chamé Buendia, Piola

Mise en scène et écriture : Alain Simon, assisté de Gilles Jolly
Responsables artistiques : Alain Reynaud et Heinzi Lorenzen
Jeu et écriture : Alain Reynaud, Heinzi Lorenzen et Gabriel Chamé Buendia
Écriture des numéros clownesques : Ami Hattab
Lumière : Pascal Chassan
Costumes : Patricia de Petiville
Accessoires : Marie-O Roux assistée de Margot Van Haelst
Production : Noëlle Vachon – Les Nouveaux Nez & Cie

Production : Les Nouveaux Nez & Cie
Coproduction : La Cascade, Pôle National des Arts du Cirque Auvergne-Rhône Alpes (Bourg-Saint-Andéol), Archaos, Pôle National des Arts du Cirque Méditerranée (Marseille),
Les Subsistances (Lyon), La Maison des Arts du Léman (Thonon les Bains), Le Théâtre du Vellein (Villefontaine)
Soutien : Le Théâtre Les Quinconces (Vals les Bains)
Résidences : Théâtre des Ateliers (Aix en Provence), Théâtre Les Quinconces (Vals les Bains), La Cascade, Pôle National des Arts du Cirque (Bourg-Saint-Andéol), Les Subsistances (Lyon), Festival d’Alba-la-Romaine

Pour ce spectacle, la Compagnie des Nouveaux Nez a été en résidence aux Subsistances en juin 2016


After having studied at the Lyon Conservatory of Music, ALAIN REYNAUD (circus director) joined the 2nd graduating class of the Centre National des arts du Cirque de Châlons-en-Champagne (CNAC), graduating as a “state-licensed clown”. He met his associates, “Les Nouveaux Nez”, at the CNAC and they set up their company in Bourg-Saint-Andéol in 1991. Over the thirteen years that followed, they updated the traditional clown image, premiering four original shows with their director, André Riot-Sarcey, putting on more than 900 performances throughout the world, and winning numerous awards and international recognition. Wanting a local base, they decided to create a national clown- and circus-arts center and in 2008, La Cascade, Pôle National des Arts du Cirque opened its doors with Alain as its director. Since 2009 he has also directed the Alba-la-Romaine Festival, where he has directed a number of premieres including Roue Libre, which was performed at Les Subsistances in 2016. He also teaches at La Cascade, the CNAC, the ENSATT, the Comédie de Saint-Étienne, Théâtre des Ateliers, etc. In December 2015 he directed Avec Vue sur la Piste, the year-end student performance at the Centre National des arts du Cirque de Châlons en Champagne.

HEINZI LORENZEN (circus director) is a clown, actor, stage director, and teacher. He traveled the world with the Footsbarn Travelling Theater Company from 1992 to 1999, then worked with the CDN d’Auvergne, La Maison Des Clowns, Cirque Zanzibar, Cirque Cahin Caha, L’Apprentie Compagnie, and Les Colporteurs. In 2008 he premiered Kluntet, a Fritz-the-clown solo. Head of teaching at FRACO (Lyon) from 2004 to 2008, he teaches at La Scène-sur-Saône, the Croiseur training center (since 2002), the CNAC, the ECL, the ENSATT, La Comédie de Saint-Étienne, La Cascade, and Le Samovar in Paris. Since 2010 he has worked in partnership with Alain Reynaud teaching clown arts at La Cascade. He co-directed Corpus Mentalus with Nicolas Bernard of Les Nouveaux Nez for the 2012 Alba-la-Romaine Festival, and Duo Bonito’s Chansons à risques in 2014. He also collaborated with Alain Reynaud on directing Petouchok and Klaxon by Compagnie AKOREACRO in 2013, and Roue Libre and Avec vue sur la piste, the CNAC year-end student performance, in 2015.

GABRIEL CHAMÉ BUENDIA trained with Angel Elizondo’s Argentine Mime Troupe then became an actor and assistant director. From 1978 to 1983, he helped create seven shows that were censored by the military dictatorship. In 1990 Gabriel started taking his work to Europe where, as a teacher and actor, he offered clown arts workshops, founded the Chamé Gene Theater School in Madrid, and acted in various countries. As a clown, he performed in the Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam, which toured the world, and Storm, which toured in Spain. In 2005 he premiered Arriver pour partir (directed by Alain Gautré), which is still playing in Argentina. He directed Arthur Rimbaud’s Une saison en enfer at the Pompidou Center, Shakespeare’s Loves Labors Lost in Seville, and Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Théâtre du Tambour Royal in Paris. His most recent project, a staging of Othello, is highly successful in South America and Spain. He is currently working on adapting and directing Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens.

ALAIN SIMON (director, author) is the artistic director of the Théâtre des Ateliers in Aix-en-Provence, an actor, director, author, and teacher. He performs and directs adaptations of philosophical and literary works by Diderot, Balzac, Cervantes, Descartes (Le discours de la Méthode in slam in 2010) and contemporary authors – Alain Reynaud (Voyage sur place in 2011), Christian Carrignon (Presque Tout l’Univers in 2013), Samuel Beckett, Peter Handke, Antonio Tabucchi, Sarah Kane, Valère Novarina, Thomas Bernhard, Heiner Müller, etc. He also performs and directs his own work: Acteurs-spectateurs in 2007, Le lit in 2012, and Monologue 1 in 2015. At the 2013 Marseille Provence– European Culture Capital Festival, Alain Simon premiered the 2013 Odyssey event – a nonstop reading of Homer’s The Odyssey by 115 people relaying each other. Since its founding, Alain Simon has directed Théâtre, a public workshop to raise awareness about theater, and in 1995 he founded La compagnie d’entraînement, which provides professional training for troupe actors.

AMI HATTAB (clown sketch writing), an alumna of the Jacques Lecoq theater school and the CNSAD, is an actor, clown, teacher, and actor’s director.
After five years as a member of the Théâtre de la Jacquerie’s Laboratoire d’Écriture Comique, he joined Rire Médecin (clowns performing in hospitals) and has performed with companies such as Agitex and Drambakus, as well as performing music hall solos. Since 1989 he has run workshops on gestural theater, clown and burlesque comedy, and acting for the stage. In particular, Ami Hattab teaches at and works with la Cascade, l’École du Samovar, and Rire Médecin (where he is also a teacher). He has also taught for the Cirque du Soleil in France and abroad, and has taught clown troupes in hospitals.



10 € / 12 € / 14 €

Dates & Hours

Thu 15 December 2016 / 20:00

Fri 16 December 2016 / 20:00

Sat 17 December 2016 / 17:00

Sun 18 December 2016 / 17:00