Nicanor De Elia
Director and choreographer
Born in 1976 in Argentina, Nicanor de Elia is a circus artist, choreographer and performer. He began his career in Rosario where he created a variety of pieces for street work and
theater. At the age of 23, he became the co-founder of Circo Volante, a multidisciplinary collective with which he developed contemporary circus in Rosario. Their first creation received the prize for Best Show of the Year in 1999. In 2003, he joined Le Lido, Toulouse’s professional circus school, specializing in juggling. After graduation, Nicanor created a solo autobiographical performance « Le voyageur immobile » (The Stationary Traveller), where in the nowhere of the stage, the artist resides with all his projections from the past and the future. He then co-created « Imposture » which won the JTC 2008 (Jeune Talent Cirque). In 2006, Nicanor and four other jugglers who trained at Le Lido founded G. Bistaki, a contemporary circus company, and began juggling with unusual objects such as roof tiles or handbags. In 2009, they presented « Coopératzia », a first show based on the choreographic manipulation of objects. It is performed to this day in some of the biggest international festivals.
In 2010 he founded Garage29, a performing arts lab space in Brussels. In 2013, he presented « Monsters », a multiform project (installation, performance, concert, video projection) centered on plastic bags and plastic as the material. Between 2013 and 2015, he immersed himself in the immigrant neighborhood of Schaerbeek and worked in the making of a docu-fiction – The Departure of the Hesperides - on the theme of the departure toward Mars, in collaboration with the locals and associations such as les Halles de Schaerbeek, RenovaS, and the township of Schaerbeek. His interest for circus and dance lead him to stage production. In 2013, he worked with second year students from the Tilburg circus school for the in-situ creation of “The first time I... !” at the Theater op de Markt Festival in Neerpelt. He pursues in this vein with stage productions and choreographies for the circus, notably with Alexis Rouvre for his solo « CORDES », with Projecto Precipicio for « LUGAR » (pre-selected for Circus Next 2016) or yet again for Claudio Stellato’s « La Cosa ». With this last, he also created « BANG » the show
for third year students at ESAC (Brussel’s École supérieure des arts du cirque).
In 2016 and 2017, Nicanor will sign two circus productions :“ Brutal ”, a commission for the Festival des Jonglages at La Maison des Jonglages in Paris, an event featuring students from France’s four great circus schools : CNAC, Lido, ENACR and l’Académie Fratellini ; and “Cardumen ” to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the FEDEC (Fédération des Ecoles de Cirque), featuring ESAC and Le LIDO at the Auch Festival de cirque actuel.
For 2018, Nicanor is preparing « Juventud », inspired by F.T. Marinetti’s Manifesto of Futurism. It will feature six young jugglers trained at ESAC and LIDO and will treat of youth’s love of speed and danger, as will Juventud’s street extension, Copyleft, which is its choreographic kernel and all-terrain version.