The Void

Circus attempt

There will not really be any text of presentation…


words (the acrobat plays badly).

any animals (they have been eaten).

any costumes (calm down: there will be no nudity either).

any scenery (the theater is indeed naked)

There will not really be any texts of presentation that promise you a show « poetic, funny and deep ». Or « oneiric, shifted and moving ». And still less « carried by grace » or « that stops time ». So many other texts promised you the same thing, how could you believe this one?

There is no false humility either: you must come. True, there are only two types, some strings, and tape recorders but we think it’s worth it.








Isn’t circus the kingdom of absurd ? Isn’t the place where one comes to see a man take the liberty to accomplish a gesture which is willingly absurd, putting his whole life into it ?

He risks his life : for nothing, like one takes the risk to live : for nothing. Here the mountain is pushed to a limit, a pure vertical : a rope. There’s only one thing to do : climb up. There’s only one thing to do : climb down. And maybe in the midst of it all, ask ourselves why. And maybe in the midst of it all, acknowledge that we don’t know why.


« À partir du moment ou elle est reconnue, l’absurdité est une passion, la plus déchirante de toutes. Mais savoir si l’on peut vivre avec ses passions, savoir si l’on peut accepter leur loi profonde qui est de brûler le cœur que dans le même temps elles exaltent, voilà toute la question. » *


The parallel with the myth of Sisyphus, who, punished by the gods, is condemned to climb a mountain carrying a rock, which ceaselessly rolls down, and Sisyphus condemned to start over again, and this for eternity, seemed evident. Explore the limits, understand them and push them back for simplicity, to refine, to understand.


*Le Mythe de Sisyphe, Albert Camus

Editions Gallimard, 1942





The show The Void – circus attempt ended its tour on November the 15th, 2019 in l’Académie Fratellini.




If you want:

★ to read the final word of The Void, it’s here.

★ to see The Void video, there is one there.

★ to have a look to the photographs that captured The Void and often traveled with it, you can go and watch the Void Suspension and the Jump into the Void.


a show written by

Fragan Gehlker, acrobacy on rope

Alexis Auffray, musical creation and stage management

and Maroussia Diaz Verbèke, dramaturgy


based on an original idea by Fragan Gehlker


light designs Clément Bonnin

costume design Léa Gadbois-Lamer

technical management Adrien Maheux

bureaulogy Anna Tauber

communication Nejma Soughayara


thank you to Aourell Krausse, Bruno Dizien, Arpád Schilling, Lawrence Williams, Jörn, Xavier, Dom, Marco, Alice Zeniter.


tour management: L’Association du Vide

Anna Tauber / anna@levide.fr

00 33 (0)6 03 87 18 83


La Verrerie, Pôle National des Arts du Cirque Languedoc-Roussillon, Alès ; Maison des Arts du Clown et du Cirque, La Cascade, Pôle National des Arts du Cirque, Bourg-Saint-Andéol ; Le Cirque Jules Verne, Pôle National des Arts du Cirque Picardie, Amiens ; Le Centre National des Arts du Cirque (CNAC), Châlons-en-Champagne. With the artistic support of the Jeune Théâtre National.


All audiences (from 5 years old)

Variable duration (between 60 and 90 minutes)
The basis :
The Void needs between 12 and 18 meters (39 to 59 ft) of hight and a circular stage with a minimum diameter of 13 meters (43 ft) + the audience around (the largest possible)
The technical rider is HERE
Different configurations are detailed HERE