Cie XY and Rachid Ouramdane: creation sept. 2019

What is within us

If not intensified sky traversed with birds

And deep with winds of homecoming ?

Rainer Maria Rilke


Imagine a track covered over by the passage of time and rendered invisible. What if we could ultimately revisit the site and trace it back? In flocks we face headlong into the winds, each gauging the weight of the other, day after day. What comes to light, as we raise each other up with acrobatic lifts, is that we are always anchored in this fertile territory which is acrobatics.

 Let us begin to scope out the lie of the land: A space with natural borders which is naturally porous where we locate our research zone. A playground laid bare to the four winds.

That which elevates us – by force of acrobatic lifts – is where we have established our test site so let us proceed in empirical fashion to put this into a contemporary context:
With our show Laissez-Porter we wanted to reacquaint ourselves with our discipline. It was time to test the solidity of our foundations. With Le Grand C we embarked on a journey, groping our way into the unknown to explore the possibilities of working as a large ensemble. As a result the show was imbued with a degree of solemnity and restraint. It’s Not Yet Midnight… finally enabled us to expand our playing space; a joyful invitation fused with dance, acting and musicality…

 Whilst interrogating these principles of collective working – the bedrock of our practice – our new show Möbius leads us towards something greater than ourselves. We are zooming out from ourselves as individuals (how we behave, how we react, how we express ourselves) to consider the bigger picture and ourselves as part of a larger whole. We are convinced that this holds something invaluable on a universal level.

It seems that all our work has been leading up to this point, charting our course with meticulousness and sensitivity.

The collective.

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We are convinced that this holds something invaluable on a universal level.

Creation schedule

February 11th to March 3rd, 2019 : MC2, Maison de la culture de Grenoble
April 15th to 28th, 2019 : Maison de la danse, Lyon
May 13th to 26th, 2019 : La Brèche, PNAC Normandie, Cherbourg-en-Cotentin
June 10th to 30th, 2019 : CIRCa, PNAC Auch (présentation de travail le 21 juin à 19h)
July 8th to 20th, 2019 : Tandem, Scène nationale, Douai
September 2nd to 26th, 2019 : Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf, PNAC Normandie
October 14th to 20th, 2019 : Le Phénix, Scène nationale de Valenciennes
September, 27th to 29th, 2019 : Premiere in the round at “le Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf”
October – November, 2019 : Premiere in frontal stage at the “Festival CIRCa (Auch)” and at “le Phénix, scène nationale de Valenciennes”

This "impermanence" continually brings us back to the fundamental principle of understanding a human being as motion in a state of perpetual evolution.

The team

If the body belongs to the earth, so the soul is bound for the sky.



Cie XY

The Company XY is supported by the minister of culture and communication and the Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles Hauts-de-France, through
help to government-regulated company with national and international standing and by la Région Grand Est and le Centre National des Arts du Cirque.

The company XY is associated with le Phénix – Scène nationale as part of an European Pole of Creation, with le Cirque Théâtre d’Elbeuf – Pôle National Cirque de Normandie and with le Cirque Jules Verne – Pôle national cirque et arts de la rue (Amiens).

The company XY is also supported since 2016 by the BNP-Paribas foundation.

Ministère de la culture
Cirque-Théâtre d'Elbeuf
La Brèche
Le Phénix
Maison de la Danse
La Villette
Maison de la Culture de Bourges
Les Gémeaux
Espace des arts
Le Bateau Feu
Espace Jean Legendre
Festival Perspectives
Le Sirque
Cirque Jules Verne
Région Grand Est
Centre National des Arts du Cirque
Fondation BNP Paribas