• Dance
  • Circus


Showing on Jan 26-28 (In-person); Jan 26-29 (Online)

Playing at Scotiabank Dance Centre

Long-exposure image of Juan Ignacio Tula in Instante, standing in a dark room. He is shirtless and stares into the camera, holding a white stack of paper. Circling him are two rings made of many horizontal rings of light motion lines.

Compagnie 7bis / Juan Ignacio Tula and Marica Marinoni (France, Argentina, Italy)

For these two dazzling shows, Juan Ignacio Tula and Marica Marinoni start with a simple concept: one human being plus a large aluminum ring called a Cyr wheel. In LONTANO, Marica spins the Cyr with her body while ducking and rising, twisting and pushing, moving in and out of the circular object. The sheer physical skill on display is a delight to witness, with the accompanying sound and light creating the feel of a sports bout: human versus object.

INSTANTE has Juan spinning the Cyr as well, but this time the hula-like movements are less acrobatic and even more symbolic. Using paper cards and a sheet of foil, Juan enacts a dance of entropy, with perpetual motion and personal breakdown running in tandem. The result, as in Marica’s performance, is trancelike and meditative, yet also dynamic and thrilling.

LONTANO — Residencies & coproductions: Le Festival UtoPistes en partenariat avec La Mouche – Théâtre de Saint-Genis-Laval; Plateforme 2 Pôles Cirque en Normandie / La Brèche à Cherbourg et le Cirque Théâtre d’Elbeuf; LE PALC, Pôle National Cirque Grand Est – Châlons-en-Champagne; MA scène nationale – Pays de Montbéliard; Théâtre de Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines; La Verrerie d’Alès, Pôle national cirque Occitanie; Centre Culturel Agora – Pôle National Cirque de Boulazac; Le Vellein, scènes de la CAPI – Isère. With the support of  SACD / Processus Cirque, de la DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes au titre de l’aide à la création et de la Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

INSTANTE — Thanks to the Compagnie Les mains, les pieds et la tête. Residencies & coproductions: Espace Périphérique, Parc de La Villette – Mairie de Paris; MA scène Nationale – Pays de Montbéliard; Le Festival UtoPistes en partenariat avec Les Nouvelles Subsistances et la Maison de la danse, Lyon.

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Artist Bio

Juan Ignacio Tula

Dancer and circus artist Juan Ignacio Tula is based in Lyon. He is the founder of Compagnie 7Bis, and his special area of focus is the Cyr wheel.

Marica Marinoni

Marica Marinoni has a background in gymnastics, and she applies it to her work in the circus arts. Lontano is her first solo show.


Scotiabank Dance Centre

677 Davie Street, Vancouver


  • January 26: 8:00 +Online
  • January 27: 8:00 +Online
  • January 28: 8:00 +Online
  • January 29: Online

Runtime: 65 min, 15 min break between performances

Post-show talkback: Jan 26

Content Advisory

Use of strobe lights and smoke machine


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Lontano by and with Marica Marinoni Cocreation Juan Ignacio Tula Lighting Jérémie Cusenier (Instante/Lontano) Music Gildas Céleste (Instante), Estelle Lembert (Lontano) Costume design Sigolène Petey (Instante), Gwladys Duthil (Lontano) Artistic collaborator Mara Bijeljac Technical Manager Estelle Lembert Production Triptyque Production – Andréa Petit-Friedrich Administration Anne Delépine

Instante by and with Juan Ignacio Tula Lighting Jérémie Cusenier Music Gildas Céleste Costume design Sigolène Petey Technical Manager Estelle Lembert Production Triptyque Production – Andréa Petit-Friedrich et Julie Mouton Administration Anne Delépine