Les Hommes Penchés - INSTABLE

  • Aug 17 - 18, 2021
  • PS21 Open-Air Pavilion Theater

    2980 New York 66
    Chatham, New York 12037
Ticket Price $0.00-$15.00 This event is now over

ADULTS $15 each  / CHILDREN 16 years old and  are FREE   


As part of the Pathways festival, Instable, Nicolas Fraiseau, acrobatic Everyman, attempts to suspend a pole on an invisible wire. Aided by members of the troupe Les Hommes Penchés, he climbs, loses his balance, falls, and resumes climbing, his struggle hovering between comedy and tragedy. The spectators, who recognize in Fraiseau’s precarious quest a mirror of our quotidian experience and that embracing the unexpected is essential to the human condition, respond with empathy. And thus the quester’s engagement of the audience creates life all around him.


Instable grew out of Fraiseau’s 2016 student project at the Centre National des Arts du Cirque (CNAC), where his performance, embodying elements of fragility, instability, and—finally—failure, impressed jury member Christophe Huysman, who invited the young acrobat to join Les Hommes Penchés and develop the work for the public. In 2018, he premiered Instable at the Académie Fratellini in La Plaine Saint-Denis and reprised it at the Seoul Street Arts Festival in South Korea the following year, before public performances were suspended due to the pandemic. This season, he is bringing Instable to American audiences for the first time, at PS21 on August 17 and 18, and in Pittsburgh under the aegis of the Pittsburgh Trust for Cultural Resources.


In addition, on August 16th at 4pm and August 18th at 2pm, Fraiseau and members of Les Hommes Penchés will lead circus workshops for aspiring young circus artists (10 years of age and older) and adults at PS21.   - email boxoffice@ps21chatham.org to register or learn more.


We gratefully acknowledge the generous grant from the 2020 FACE Contemporary Theater program of the French Cultural Services to help underwrite the performance of Instable, part of our annual Pathways: Blazing Trails to a Sustainable Future.


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Date & Time

Aug 17 - 18, 2021

Venue Details

PS21 Open-Air Pavilion Theater

2980 New York 66
Chatham, New York 12037 PS21 Open-Air Pavilion Theater
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About PS21

Established in Chatham, NY in 2006, PS21 supports innovative performing artists and creators and introduces their work to a broader audience, while also providing the surrounding region with opportunities for arts engagement regardless of economic status, cultural background, and age.


Five acres of PS21's 100+ acres are developed; the rest are meadows and woodlands. Situated near the theater are the Dance Barn, a rehearsal and performance venue, and two artists’ residences accommodating sixteen individuals. The PS21 property is also host to the Chatham Farm Animal Rescue. PS21's new theater and rural campus are important resources for both visiting artists and the community, optimized for the public's enjoyment and to encourage citizen expression and participation. 


The 350-seat theater is a state-of-the-art, green facility offering resident makers and performers the tools and flexibility for successful innovation and collaboration in the development of sophisticated multi-media work. Few other US facilities are able to provide this level of technical support. PS21 operates year-round, supporting performances by and residencies for dancers, choreographers, musicians, composers, actors and creators. The summer season is PS21's public highlight, during which a full calendar of performances is augmented with a myriad of events and workshops, many of which are free of charge and involve community collaboration with the gifted artists in residence.


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