Viivi & Fragan

work in progress

You will find here provisional writings and images, that is to say that they exist while waiting to be changed soon.

WORDS IN BLACK and white…



The Circus is one of those relentless witnesses thrown in the face of time to open for a few seconds the door of laughter, fear, wonder and perhaps facilitate the joy of human beings.

Hold 10 meters high by the strength of their wrists, catch a fragile body in flight, change costumes in the blink of an eye, swing in the air their talent and courage.

Surprise audiences in any language and especially the most understandable: the gesture.


All this is very promising. But do not worry, the stage and these people are better and more than their promises.



For us, circus is, at first, doing (and repeating) something extra-ordinary with ones body. Then, behind the presentation of a surprising act or an « exploit » there will appear other « topics » that concern the life of every human being : death, love, the time that passes, the search of the meaning of life. In this duo, what rises as a topic behind the exploit is without a doubt the matters of connection and love.

Because love and circus are…
…sensual : the body is a transmitter of emotion.
…risky : it’s scary and can intoxicate, invade, make suffer.

…engaging : individuality is in the service of an union. .

..complicated and often enclosed by stereotypes.
…rooted in the reality : and one can not seek a truth …only what the people make of them.*


* to be completed by the reader and by the ongoing work.



The suspended and vertical rope was introduced in circus programs in the second half of the 19th century. However it is not an emblematic apparatus of the old circus programs.

For a long time the rope was simply used to join another aerial apparatus and rope acts were presented exclusively by women. They were often numbers of complement, interlude during the disassembly of the cages protecting the public of the beasts or second number of the couples, thus guaranteeing an additional income: her, hung by a handle to the rope; him, turning her from below. The contemporary circus has recently renewed this discipline and has also contributed to its masculinization.


This creation opens a new field for experimentations on a rope. Viivi and Fragan are leaving aside the solitude imposed by their normal practice by sharing their discipline. In this particular cohabitation, the embraces replace the knots. The acrobats fly, catch themselves and each other and seek for a balance. And in this path between the bodies and the rope where the tenderness is the way to survive, the two acrobats invent their own language in the air.


A collective creation with :
the producer : Roselyne Burger
the costume designer : Léa Gadbois-Lamer
the composer : Lawrence Williams

and the musicians: Julien Chamla (drums), Benjamin Glibert (guitar, bass, voice, recording, mixing), Sébastien Cirotteau (trumpet), Lawrence Williams (saxophones, keyboard, guitar, voice)
the sound designer : Alexis Auffray
the genie of the lamp : Clément Bonnin

the technical director : Adrien Maheux

the pyrotechnist : Boris Abalain
the ring masters : Anna Tauber, Fragan Gehlker, Viivi Roiha


A production of L’Association du Vide with
The coproducers :

Le fonds de dotation du Quartz – Brest
La Verrerie d’Alès / Pôle National Cirque Occitanie
Le Pôle National Cirque et Arts de la Rue – Cirque Jules Verne – Amiens

Le Carré Magique Lannion Trégor, Pôle national cirque en Bretagne

2 Pôles Cirque en Normandie / La Brèche à Cherbourg – Cirque- Théâtre d’Elbeuf

Le théâtre Monfort, Paris

L’Agora / Pôle National Cirque Boulazac – Aquitaine


The venues where we made residencies :

Pôle Régional des Arts du Cirque des Pays de la Loire – Cité du Cirque Marcel Marceau / Le Mans

Les Quinconces-L’espal, scène conventionnée danse, Le Mans

Le Palc / PNC Grand-Est en préfiguration – Châlons-en-Champagne
L’Espace Périphérique – La Villette
Le Channel – Scène nationale de Calais


Thanks also for their support and help to :
La Drac Ile-de-France
L’Académie Fratellini – Aubervilliers
Le Plus petit cirque du monde, Centre des arts du cirque et des cultures émergentes – Bagneux Le Théâtre du Nord / Théâtre de l’Idéal – Lille,

Le CIAM, Aix-en-Provence

Archaos – Pôle National Cirque Méditerranée

Le Centre National des Arts du Cirque – Châlons-en-Champagne


Other partners are coming…


All audiences

Relative and changing short duration

Viivi & Fragan is a duo which can be programmed in a composed evenings formed of other relative short forms.


The show plays preferably outdoors from May to September. It is possible to adapt it inside, but the set up of the crossbar is COMPULSORY (MINIMUM height 10m). For an inside set-up, please contact Adrien Maheux.


Flat ground, free of any aerial obstacle (cables, trees, …)

Absence of underground network.

Anchor points of the crossbar by rigging stakes about 1m deep.

Circular layout (to be specified according to the place with us)

SON – circular broadcasting system (to be specified)

LIGHT – in progress: provide a 32A tri electrical outlet (3P+N+T) next to the backstage right anchor point, and a 50m 5-point DMX cable


For more information, ask for a detailed technical rider.