• Dance
  • Circus
  • Performative Sculpture


Showing on Feb 2-3, In-Person and Online

Playing at Vancouver Playhouse

A performer lies on a pile of twisted branches holding up a wooden pole struck through three floating layers of paper.

Les Nouvelles Subsistances/Inbal Ben Haim/Domitille Martin/Alexis Mérat (France)

A circus artist and two visual artists come together over paper. From the blank page to the crumpled draft, paper carries our innermost thoughts and universal truths: a witness to the everyday.

What else can it tell us? 

Seen through the prism of circus and sculpture, a unique conversation unfolds between the suspended body and the paper that has become its rope. Which is more vulnerable, the suspended body or the paper? Between flesh and raw material, the ground and the air, we dive into a landscape that is continually torn down, and rebuilt. Layer by layer, the body and the paper travel together in a fragment of our changing world. At once a captivating beauty and a distressing sound, paper becomes more than a mirror. A projection of our inner worlds, it embodies the poetic expression of life, vulnerable, strong and constantly transforming.

“Serving as equipment, set, and shelter, the material is, for this young circus artist, the foundation for a complex language that speaks, through continual transformation, of the strengths and weaknesses of an artist in the world…The pages that turn in Inbal Ben Haïm piece leave traces in the artists’ bodies and the audience’s memory.”

SCENEWEB, November 12 2021

Inbal Ben Haim was interviewed on the PuSh Play podcast by Gabrielle Martin, Director of Programming. Listen to the podcast episode here.

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Artist Bio

Les Nouvelles Subsistances – Inbal Ben Haim / Domitille Martin / Alexis Mérat (France)

Born in Jerusalem in 1990, Inbal Ben Haim grew up in the Israeli countryside. After studying visual arts, she discovered the circus in 2004 at the Free Dome Project then the Shabazi Circus. The call of heights and creating with her body led her to specialize first in the static trapeze, then the rich minimalism of the aerial rope.In 2011 she left her homeland to follow her artistic path in France, furthering her research through important artistic encounters and training: first at the Centre Régional des Arts du Cirque PACA – Piste d’Azur, then the Centre National des Arts du Cirque in Châlons-en-Champagne, from which she graduated in December 2017 (29th graduating class).

In Summer 2018, she premiered Racine(s) (Root(s)), which developed from her meeting the musician, composer, and arranger David Amar and the director Jean Jacques Minazio. At the same time, she developed a teaching method for therapeutic circus and worked in various contexts in Israel and France.

By blending circus, dance, theatre, improvisation, and visual arts, Ben Haim has created her own form of poetic expression. Largely inspired by the human bond made possible by the stage, the ring, and the street, she aims to create strong connections between the audience and the artist, the intimate and the spectacular, the earth and air, and the here and there.


Vancouver Playhouse

600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver


  • February 2: 7:30 & Online
  • February 3: 7:30 & Online
  • February 4: Online

Runtime: 60min, no intermission

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Strobe lights


In-Person: $39 and up
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Streaming: $30
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With Inbal Ben Haim, Domitille Martin and Alvaro Valdes Conception & artistic direction Inbal Ben Haim Artistic collaboration, scenography, accessories Domitille Martin Artistic collaboration, engineering – paper handling Alexis Mérat Technical general management Yann Guénard Light creation Marie-Sol Kim Light manager Hélène Quintard  Sound creation Max Bruckert Additional music Caroline Chaspoul & Eduardo Henriquez (Nova Materia) Costumes creation Clémentine Monsaingeon, Anaïs Heureaux Outside eyes and dramaturgy Eleonora Gimenez, Shahar Dor Direction assistantship Kamma Rosenbeck Artistic and technical collaboration Sophie Lascombes Objects handling advices Inbal Yomtovian Artistic advices Elodie Perrin Production Les SUBS – lieu vivant d’expériences artistiques, Lyon

Funded with the support of the Hermès Corporate Foundation as part of the New Settings program

Coproduction & residencies Le CCN2 – Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble; La Plateforme 2 Pôles Cirque en Normandie | La Brèche à Cherbourg – Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf; Le Théâtre de Rungis; ARCHAOS – Pôle National Cirque Méditerranée, Marseille; Les utoPistes, Lyon; 6 mettre – Pôle de création dédié aux arts vivants, Fresnes; Le Plus Petit Cirque du Monde, Bagneux; CDN Orléans/Centre-Val de Loire; Circusnext 

Supports La DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes; La Région Ile-de-France – FoRTE, Fonds Régional pour les Talents Émergents; La SACD / Processus Cirque; La Nationale des papeteries; Gascogne Papier 

Thanks Piste d’Azur – Centre Régional des Arts du Cirque; Le CNAC – Centre National des Arts du Cirque Châlons-en-Champagne; ICiMa – Chaire d’Innovation Cirque et Marionnette; ON – Center for Contemporary Circus Création, Israël; Orit Nevo et Lucie Bonnet 

PLI is laureate of Circusnext 2020 – 2021, project co-financed by the Europe Creative program of the European Union.