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Residency of Hélène LEVEAU et Léo MANIPOUD – Maison Courbe

presented by Festival dos Canais
Participating countries:
  • France
  • Portugal
  • Sweden
  • Circus
  • Street Arts


  • From 01-02-2023 to 15-12-2023
Generation #1


Portugal Open location

Project summary

The artistic playground residency "Shiftshapers” will apply a diversity of creative toolkits to entering cities' public spaces and exploring their limitless dimensions. It will be include research, improvisation and experimentation as an approach to how previously defined ideas and places are able to adapt in diverse environments - diverting the use of balconies, lampposts, urban furniture and above all, renewing the view ofhow places are modeled by the habit of their use. The artist collective Maison Courbe aims to re-enchant spaces with their outdoor work "Obake" in Portugal (Festival dos Canais), France (Viva Cité) and Sweden (Malmö Sommarscen), by exploring the potential for the idea and integrating the living beings (plants) that inhabit them,and the history that forges them.


Hélène LEVEAU et Léo MANIPOUD – Maison Courbe

Biography: Hélène LEVEAU discovered the circus at a very young age and began her training at the circus school of Châtellerault in handstands. Later, in Quebec Circus school, she discovered slack rope, as well as, becomes a flyer in Icarian games. Hélène is co-founder of the collective À Sens Unique, Sarthoise company in which will give birth to several shows including Léger démélé (outdoor) and Mule (indoor). She became more active in projects on a human scale, seeking the proximity to the public by investing in new crossroads through clowning, waterfall burlesque, and Butô dance.

Léo MANIPOUD moves in rolling and in the direction of the slope. He meets fortunately capoeira and circus to channel this strangeness. He then hops to formation professional at Piste d’Azur and at the Academy Fratellini to hop better. Moving away from the spectacular circus to mix dance, acrobatics, urban climbing, texts and contortions to support his words. His thinking words are about questioning our relationship to

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