• Photo: Jean-Luc Beaujault

  • Photo: Jean-Luc Beaujault

  • Photo: Jean-Luc Beaujault

  • Photo: Jean-Luc Beaujault

  • Photo: Jean-Luc Beaujault

  • Photo: Jean-Luc Beaujault

  • COMPANY BIOGRAPHY

    Phia Ménard began studying performing arts in 1991, focusing on the arts of juggling, dance, mime and acting. She studied with Jérôme Thomas and joined the company touring with them until 2003. During this time she also performed with Hervé Diasnas and Valérie Lamielle.

    She founded Company Non Nova in 1998 with the desire to approach juggling from a different angle. Non nova, sed nove (not new things, but in a new way) is the Company’s founding precept.

    The Company’s many multi-disciplinary projects have brought together artists, technicians and thinkers from various backgrounds. The 2001 creation Elevator, Phantasmagoria for Elevating People and Loads established Phia as an acclaimed artist with a unique way of working and gained the company significant recognition. Their work has been performed across the world. The Company’s creations include: The Grain; Elevator, Phantasmagoria for Lifting People and Loads; The Big Bazar; Fresco and Sketches, First Round; Zapptime, Daydream of a Channel-Hopper; Juggler, Don’t Confuse; Touch It; PPP; L’après-midi d’un Foehn and Vortex.

L’après-midi d’un Foehn – Version 1

Watch in wonder as ordinary plastic bags are magically brought to life by a brooding and mysterious ballet master. Borne aloft on currents of air, see them transformed into heavenly dancers capable of astonishing performances. A pirouetting solo is followed by a tender and comic pas de deux until a full corps de ballet fills the air, joyously swirling and twirling to the beautiful music of Debussy.

It’s an enchanting experience of true wonder guaranteed to charm the young and the young-at-heart. But cherish the airy beauty while you can as the dancers are vulnerable, defenceless against their ballet master and his desire to command their destiny.

Your ticket includes a 25 minute session of interactive activities that play with concepts from the show: Can you build it, just to knock it down? Can you make it, only to break it? Can you create it, to leave it behind?

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Press

  • ‘A rare and thought-provoking performance.’

    Télérama

  • ‘Prepare to be blown away.’

    The New York Times

  • ‘This beautiful but simple production certainly made an impact on the audience members, no matter what their age was.’

    Broadway Baby

  • ‘In a brilliant metaphor of art and the imagination, Company Non Nova make what’s essentially a heap of rubbish into an improbably perfect interpretation of Debussy’s pastoral score.’

    The Guardian

  • ‘It’s simply beautiful, L’après-midi is as full of hope and despair as anything I’ve seen in the past year. ‘

    A Younger Theatre

  • ‘A show we feel has the potential to enter the pantheon of Fringe greatness.’

    The List

  • ‘Defying gravity, and beautiful in its simplicity, this is Company Non Nova’s UK debut, and it is definitely worth catching.’

    The Skinny

Audience Comments

  • This show is so good I'm going again. You really shouldn't miss it. It's pure magic.

    @safarikent

  • Bravo to the magical plastic bags who stunned us all. Thanks for a hugely memorable show.

    @GreatMusicIrishHouse

  • I was completely unashamedly fascinated, charmed and transfixed by this show.

    @CarlaCrogRogers

  • Beg, borrow or steal a ticket. Makes the heart glad.

    @HughesPeg