Martin Palisse & David Gauchard

Time To Tell
Circus / Creation

For Martin Palisse, “juggling stretches time. It’s a practice that allows me to see myself in the future without being afraid of the pain of existing.”

In his new piece, this music-loving juggler and artist takes the stage to recount the life of an artist suffering from the severe, rare genetic disease called cystic fibrosis. In the center of a traverse stage, Palisse recounts his relationship to his illness and his artistic practice with humor and modesty. His juggling act takes a radical, powerful turn toward resistance when he pushes his breath and breathing to the point of asphyxiation—a feeling he knows only too well as his respiratory system is condemned to slowly atrophy. This circus of the personal, with references to the playful abstractions of François Morellet and the musical minimalism of Steve Reich and Terry Riley formulates, in a manner that is both original and striking, the equation of the human condition.


An international event organized for the Nuit du Cirque by Territoires de Cirque, with support from the Ministry of Culture


Conception, interpretation: Martin Palisse
Scenography: David Gauchard – Martin Palisse
Texts: David Gauchard
Costums: Martin Palisse
Régie : en cours de distribution

Executive producer  : Le Sirque, Pôle National Cirque, Nexon, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Supports : OARA | Office Artistique de la Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Photo credit : Christophe Raynaud de Lage