• Main Stage


Showing on January 20–24, 2016

Playing at Performance Works

Vu, Compagnie Sacékripa/Etienne Manceau, 2016 PuSh Festival
Photo: Alexis Dore

Compagnie Sacékripa (France)

The world of circus artist Etienne Manceau is a strange, funny, scary place. It’s a place where newspapers can become claws; where small obsessions can make you crazy; where everyday objects appear in a new light as they’re touched, moved, transformed. Manceau’s performance is wordless, a blend of Object Theatre, clowning and what the artist calls “miniature circus.” It’s a mix that could only come from the mind of an eccentric. One thing this show is not is conventional.

Manceau worked for years as a juggler, and has had deep involvement in circus culture. This show, in which he performs alone, applies the comical ethos of the circus milieu to a work comprised of one man and his collection of everyday objects. It’s about a sensitive, meticulous man and his relationship with those objects—how he transforms them, and how in turn they affect him. The creator shows wit, wonderful dexterity and small-scale ingenuity in creating art out of the quotidian. In his comic mugging, his precise physical feats and sheer wackiness he calls upon the tradition of old-fashioned physical comedy. You’ll be amused, impressed and maybe a little spooked; the show is a lot of fun but, like all the most creative art, it reaches well beyond entertainment.

Ingenious…The effect of this minimalist show, a jewel polished to the highest detail, is for the audience to realise how maniacally they act each day of their life.

—Scena.ro Magazine
Vu, Compagnie Sacékripa/Etienne Manceau, 2016 PuSh Festival
Photo: Camille Chalain

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Performance Works

1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver


January 20–24
45 minutes (no intermission)

12:30PM (January 20)
10:00AM & 12:30PM (January 21)
12:30PM & 8:00PM (January 22)
2:00PM & 8:00PM (January 23)
2:00PM (January 24)


$15 Children (15 years old and below)
$25 Regular (16 years old and above)

$31 Early bird / $36 Regular

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Or call 604.449.6000

Eligible on the Youth Passport for advance sales and at the door.

PuSh Pass
Eligible on the PuSh Pass.


Recommended for children 8 years and older.

Post-show talk
January 20, 21, 22 (12:30PM), 23 (2:00PM)

Creator & Performer: Etienne Manceau | Outside Eye: Sylvain Cousin | Set Designer: Guillaume Roudot

Co-produced by Pronomade(s) en haute garonne, Centre national des arts de la rue, Le Samovar, Quelques Parts…Scene Rhone-Alpes | Supported through residencies at Circa, Pole national des arts du cirque, La Petite Pierre, L’Éspace catastrophe, Centre international de creation des arts du cirque, La Grainerie | Supported By Le Lido, Centre municipal des arts du cirque de Toulouse, L’Étéde Vaour