In Paris, there is a culture of street art that many other cities could envy. When visiting Paris, it is likely that you will happen upon various performances just by strolling through popular tourist neighborhoods, such as Saint Michel or the Marais. However, this weekend, a large number of street artists are coming together in one place to show off their talents.
The event that is making this artistic collaboration possible is called Tours Circus de la Défense (Circus Acts of La Défense). Although La Défense is an area of Paris that is mostly for businesses, there is also a large, wide-open space in this district that makes it ideal for organizing street performances. The space is called “le parvis de la Défense,” and it is an immense square with statues, seating areas, a shopping mall and several eateries.
Guests of the Hôtel Louvre Marsollier who visit the parvis de la Défense between September 6 and September 8, 2012 will be treated to a range of spectacular circus acts that include acrobats, musicians and mysterious creatures. Roughly 10 different world-renowned street performance companies will participate in the event.
For example, the Compagnie Alto will present its impressive acrobatic feats while the Compagnie Pipototal will perform gravity-defying tricks on a giant spinning wheel. The result will be a large, open-air theater that is free for all to come and observe.
For music fans, Midi 12 will share humor, energy and rock and roll with the audience thanks to their six electric guitarists. Midi 12 can be seen on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night around 8 p.m. or 9 p.m., depending on the day.
Tours Circus de la Défense finishes on Saturday night at 11 p.m., with a circus opera that combines singing, dance, acrobatics and pyrotechnics in order to create an unforgettable experience for all to enjoy.
Tours Circus de la Défense
Parvis de la Défense
Metro and RER: La Défense Grande Arche
Thursday, September 6, 7:00 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday, September 7, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 5 p.m. to midnight
Saturday, September 8, 5:30 p.m. to midnight