• Photo: Eoin Carey

  • Credit: Geralidine Arestanu

  • Photo: Eoin Carey

  • Photo: Bertrand Gaudillère

La Poème + La Fresque

Jeanne Mordoj / Cie Bal

Joyously strange, a work of both great femininity and bestiality, La Poème is an intense play in which Jeanne Mordoj, a ventriloquist, juggler and contortionist, delves deeper into her reflections on female identity. She explores both the infinitely gracious and the monstrous, each potentially present within the other.

La Poème is presented alongside La Fresque, a short informal life drawing performance, where in a dancelike trance, Mordoj creates huge, vibrant images that celebrate the female form.

While Jeanne Mordoj is a stubborn feminist, she is not furious and combative, but mischievous and unshakable. A cult figure in her native France, before this new work she was renowned for her solo show as a bearded woman.


  • "A truly inspirational, Shamanistic almost, solo performance."

    Total Theatre

  • "It's a gem that underlines in a very particular off-the-wall and fresh fashion, the fertility, fragility and ferocity of the female body and psyche"

    The Times

  • Artist Biography

    Jeanne was born in Paris in 1970. She spent her childhood in the countryside where her parents, former sculptors, raised goats. She has always had a special relationship with objects: strange attachments, rituals, collections of stones, carefully selected then put into separate bags with labels, and making little sculptures. She has always had a strong relationship with painting materials, the line and the word. As a child she began to juggle objects, often hand-sewn balls. She discovered circus aged 13, at the school of Saltimbanques in Chenôve, and immediately fell in love with the artform. Attending the school for 4 years, Jeanne learned juggling, acrobatics and contortion.

    At the age of 17, she entered the National Circus School of Châlons-en-Champagne which she left after a difficult year. She then started learning by taking small roles for the cinema, opera and theatre. Some encounters are significant: Lan N’Guyen, pedagogue as a teacher at the Cirque Plume school, who taught her contortion through games and creativity, with Jérôme Thomas who influenced her work and encouraged her projects. There were also significant workshops with Marc Michel Georges, Yoshi Oida and Guy Alloucherie for the theatre; the use of drawing, BMC (Body Mind Centering) with Lula Chourlin and Janet Amato; and more recently, a workshop entitled “Transmettre”, with Benedicte Pavelak.

    Jeanne first toured aged 18 with the Bidon Circus, travelling in horse drawn carriages throughout Italy. She performed with the street company La Salamandre, between 1990 and 1998 where she experimented with the specific requirements of street theatre: how to adapt to any kind of place. She practiced improvisation and creation on the show Caroule with the musicians Matthieu Léon and Patrick Sapin. With the Jérôme Thomas Company, she participated in the GR12 research group from 1995 to 1997 and was in Le Banquet, a play for ten actors, jugglers and dancers. In 1993, with the juggler Vincent Filliozat – founding member of the Cirque Plume – and the musician Bertrand Boss, Jeanne created the Maracassé Trio. Between 2002 and 2006, with the Cahin Caha Company, there was the Imprudent Cabaret with Arthur H and the creation of the show Grimm for the big top.


    A highly visual piece

    Quirky humour

    Non text based

    Perfect in a double bill


    Adult audience

    Contemporary circus and dance audiences

    People looking for something different