A trampoline sits at the center of a turning wooden staircase. Four figures climb, fall, and somehow float back into their places on the stairs as if in slow motion. They climb again until only one figure is left to defy gravity.
This is La mécanique de l’Histoire (The Mechanics of History) at le Panthéon in Paris, a co-production with Théâtre de la Ville. The acrobatic installation by dancer Yoann Bourgeois was part of the third edition of Monuments en mouvement, an annual pairing of dance events within monuments around France. Don’t miss this longer version of the performance:Next: Balance: Rigolo Swiss Nouveau Cirque artist Maedir Eugster, Waltzing on the walls of Oakland’s City Hall, The Washington Ballet’s hardest dance moves, and a Swiss freestyle skier’s acrobatic parkour training.