Compagnie Puéril Péril
Apparently it’s not that easy to pronounce (especially for you English speakers!)… but still, it’s beautiful our name and full of meaning, too! Because the base of our business is risk. The one that makes the public tremble delightfully. The one that makes you peak from between your fingers, your eyes hidden behind your hands. The one that makes your heartbeat hammer.
The company was born in fall 2015 from duo Ronan and Dorian’s desire to create with circus, but it all came together with some beautiful and important encounters: Emmanuelle and Manon in administration; Nadege, Clémentine, Thierry, Nicolas, Catherine… an office full of people invested in this young association based in Lyon; and of course Rachel and Mathis, our new creative compatriots.
The main ambition of Puéril Péril remains, ultimately, to rule the world, but in the meantime we have lots of varied wishes to pursue: to create, to exchange, to travel, to surprise ourselves again and again… We hope to transport people Elsewhere, with us. And of course, it’s a love story. It’s always a love story.
Me, if I had to resume my life, today here with you, I would say that it’s all about encounters. That with Dorian, in a charming city of character called Quintin. That with contemporary circus, circus in a tent, and circus collectives with the Galapiats with whom I had the chance to work as an administrator for over three years. That with Ronan, in Lyon, mounted on a unicycle. Encounters provoke desires, these desires in turn, projects. Sometimes, they are realized…
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simple. Rachel has followed a path not simple, but always direct: to circus. Born into the classical ballet in New York, it was through gymnastics, modern dance, anthropology at college, and performances in nightclubs, that Rachel finally found herself at the National circus school of Montreal where she met Dorian and Ronan. After two years with the Cirque du Soleil, she reunites with Pueril Peril. It was simply meant to be…
“Novelty is as old as the hills” Mathis came to his passion for music later in life and went on to graduate from the Lyon CNSMD in composition and orchestration. For a year he studied at the Sibelius Academy of Helsinki, an experience that led him to found the collective E.Ch.O. While continuing his work in contemporary music with the group Fallow and his solo projects, he joined Company Puéril Péril as composer/performer for the creation of “L’Autre”.
Basing is a family affair for Ronan, carried from father to son, son of a banana salesman. And this story starts just before the tender age of puberty, and it starts on a unicycle. Later, in Lyon, Ronan decides to embark Dorian on his back and the jolly duo goes off to Montreal to accomplish their quest. This quest continues today, fueled by pedal strokes, by big arms, and by perils always more puerile.
We can explain everything we want to explain… but eventually, to know how to ride a horse, one has to ride a horse! She is a cultural mediator, you know, like a guide. So, in the beginning, booking and communication was just a joke with Manue, Dorian, and Ronan: because she talks a lot and to a lot of people. But friendship drags you into the funniest of adventures and it’s for the best. Anyways, why be afraid of obstacles when we share the road with them? Let’s go, saddle up!
As you know, madness is like graity… all it takes is a little push. Company Galapiat’s show, “Risque Zéro”, was this push for Dorian, and since then he continues to fall deeper into his madness accompanied by his base (who tolerates and nourishes him). He fed this craziness for circus and performance at the Lyon and Montreal circus schools to now present it to the public. Let him put a smile on your face…