Lost Circus

Photographs by Lucie Berquiere
Dia VanGunten for Cream Scene Carnival Magazine

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After the shutdowns of 2020, Lucie Berquiere searched for the performers that worked in those shuttered theaters and circuses. She found artists who were living outside their former communities. Maybe they worked day jobs or were living with family. Perhaps they felt trapped within societal constraints. This series expresses a sense of displacement. The alienation feels familiar to anyone who lived through the pandemic.

About The Artists

Lucie Berquiere is a multidisciplinary artist who works in the field of theatre and photography. She is as an actress in theatre and TV and a voice actress for cartoons. She participates in different European Training about Embodied Learning Techniques. As a photographer, Lucie has won various prizes (Youth Photography Occitanie, Eusolidarity Photo contest awarded by the European Commissioner of Youth, Paris Opera Comique Photo contest). In 2022, she did her first monographic exhibition in Saint Ravy, Montpellier, France. Her work is steeped in this multidisciplinary journey. It focuses on social issues shown in a quirky way.

Icare is a puppet made by Sophie Laporte, a puppeteer in Pézenas, France. 2021, Pézenas, France.

Ulysse Roy is here playing Arnold from the play «Tant qu’on est pas tous ensemble il manquera toujours quelqu’un » As long as we are not all together, someone will always be missing” written and directed by the theatre company Les faiseurs de rien. 2021, Montpellier, France 

Clown Rüüth, performed by Camille Derijard, an artist working in Paris. 2021, Paris, France

Clown PAF, performed by Christophe Som, an actor, violinist and clown working in Paris. 2021, Paris, France 

Ana Melillo is playing the King from Escurial, written by Ghelderode and directed by the Acquaforte Company. 2021, Montpellier, France

Astra Irene Susi is playing Mrs Vagavesi from the play Tiit Pagu written by Jaan Kross and directed by the Tallinn Academy of Music and Theatre. 2021, Montpellier, France 

Clown Ramkot, performed by Roman Kutsevol, a clown working in Estonia. 2021, Tallinn, Estonia 

2021, Tallinn, Estonia

Naibi Esteban, an actress, is playing the Executioner from Escurial,  written by Ghelderode and directed by the Acquaforte Company. 2021, Montpellier, France 

2021, Montpellier, France

Clown Striknine, performed by Aurélia Pie, a clown working in Paris. 2021, Paris, France

2021, Paris, France

Kaupo Pild is a stiltwalker living in Tallinn, Estonia, performing with Tsirkusepood. 2021, Tallinn, Estonia 

Slava Leskovits, an actor, is playing The Man with a Hat from the play театр в чемодане (theatre in a suitcase) made by the theatre company Pikadu. He is an actor working in Moscow. 2021, Tallinn, Estonia   

2 responses to “Lost Circus”

  1. […] when I found out that it was a series about French circus performers during covid. Being able to feature this series was an honor and we’ll always be proud to have brought this to you in our second issue. I hope […]

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