A man piles up some cardboard boxes, jumps onto a treadmill and gets dressed as he rushes away. He tries to make sense of an environment that keeps changing, forcing him, little by little with one repetitive chore after another, to no other choice but this rat race going full speed ahead.

Julien Fournier has used the life stories gathered by Laurence Vielle to examine a work world the requirements of which confine one to absurdity. The email received at 1am that one feels obligated to respond to. The obligation to learn a new trade in just a few months. The brutality of the pressure to rise up the corporate ladder. All these professional situations that feed the slow combustion towards a burn out. Using his acrobat’s body as a revealing example, Julien Fournier exposes the suffering provoked by this insidious system, pathological in its quest for more and more productivity. Crossing documentary circus with choreographic poetry, Burning depicts a man radically changing by progressively freeing himself of these productivity injunctions.


  • Language


  • Venue

    Grande Salle

  • Duration


  • Surrounding the show

    Discussion "Rencontre Constructeurs d’Histoires" 04.12.2019

  • Kids



  • Author and performance
    Julien Fournier

    Writing and performing the voice over
    Laurence Vielle

    Video design
    Yannick Jacquet

    Sound design
    Raphaël Dodemont

    Lighting design
    Arié Van Egmond

    Model design and set design
    Julien Fournier

    Set design
    Atelier Rododb

    Video direction and lighting operator
    Emma Laroche

    Sound operator
    Raphaël Dodemont
    Antoine Delagoutte
    Brice Agnès

    Jeremy Javierre

    Photography and trailer
    Hubert Amiel

    Fanny Mayné (MoDul)

  • Production
    L’Habeas Corpus Compagnie

    Support for the diffusion
    MoDul, structure pour artistes

    With creative help
    Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles (Direction générale des arts de la scène, Service des arts du cirque)

    With the support of
    Service public francophone bruxellois et de la Promotion de Bruxelles à la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Espace Périphérique (Mairie de Paris - Parc de la Villette), compagnie FERIA MUSICA, Centre culturel du Brabant wallon, la Roseraie, Théâtre des Doms

    Residence hosting
    La Roseraie, Espace Catastrophe - centre international de création des Arts du Cirque, Centre culturel du Brabant wallon, Latitude 50 - Pôle des Arts du Cirque et de la Rue, La Vénerie - Centre culturel de Watermael-Boitsfort, Columban - Espace de Cultures, Espace Périphérique (Mairie de Paris - Parc de la Villette)


  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
    Discussion "Rencontre Constructeurs d’Histoires" after show with the artistic team
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