The President and the Director of the CNAC

2012/2013 has been a pivotal year for the National Centre for Circus Arts

In October 2012 Gérard Fasoli was appointed as Director of the establishment by the CNAC board of directors, with the approval of the Ministry of Culture and Communication. He took up his post on December 17th 2012.

In January 2013, Martine Tridde-Mazloum, Sponsorship Manager for the BNP Paribas Group, was elected President of the CNAC by the board of directors.


Martine Tridde-Mazloum, president of the CnacMartine Tridde-Mazloum – President of the Cnac

Martine Tridde-Mazloum graduated from Sciences Po Paris and holds a post-graduate diploma in European law as well as an MPhil in the study of Latin-American societies.

1974 à 1984: in charge of Communications for several international engineering companies before joining the communications management team at Paribas.

1984 – 2014: appointed chief representative of the BNP Paribas Foundation, she was responsible for managing and developing BNP Paribas' sponsorship policy worldwide. She set up programmes for culture, social initiatives and medical and environmental research. As such, she was also the administrator for several foundations created within the BNP Paribas group in Belgium, Italy, Morocco, Poland and Switzerland, etc.

At her initiative, the BNP Paribas Foundation, of which she is now an honorary member, supported artists who were active in modernizing contemporary performing arts and the circus arts in particular.
Martine Tridde-Mazloum is also the President of the Friends of the National Museum of the Middle Ages - Musée de Cluny, and is the administrator of the Hermès Enterprise Foundation.

In addition:

2003-2013 Vice-President of the French Centre for Funds and Foundations

2010/2011 Joint President of the Admical cultural sponsorship Commission

2009-2011 Administrator of the Odéon – Theatre of Europe

1988-2007 Administrator of the ONDA (National Office for Artistic Diffusion)

Member of the Commission for re-founding National Cultural Policy (The Rigaud Commission – 1998) and of the Honours Committee for the Year of the Circus (2001-2002).

President of the Society of Friends of the National Museum of the Middle Ages - Cluny Museum

Director of the Hermès Corporate Foundation

Director of Wang Ramirez Company

She has been awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) and the Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres, an honour for outstanding achievements in the arts.


Gérard Fasoli, director of the CnacGérard Fasoli  -  Director of the Cnac

Gérard Fasoli has trained in both the arts and sports.

Raised in a family of musicians, he has sung, danced and acted. A high-level sportsman, he was on the French Trampoline team from 1976 to 1982.

At the same time, after qualifying as a physiotherapist, he worked for himself, specialising in orthopaedic and infant respiratory physiotherapy as well as kinesiology.

Within the cultural sector, he has worked in the professional circus milieu as a trapeze artist, acrobat, aerial choreographer, and technical and artistic advisore.

After working in the traditional circus (Alexis Gruss, Kröne), he also participated in several creations with the Baroque and Archaos circuses, and worked with emerging companies of the time (AOC, Moglice Von Verx, Hors Piste). His passion for music also led him to collaborate with the Tourcoing Atelier Lyrique, the Péniche Opéra and Yannis Kokos.

Working with numerous composers and choreographers (Hidehuki Yano, Elsa Wolliaton, Philippe Capdenat, Carlos D’Alesio, Carlota Ikéda and Kettly Noël), has fuelled his affinity for music and dance.

He has created stage designs for Espèces, Human Articulation and Le Mâtitube, the fruit of his collaboration with the author Christophe Huysman.

From 1985 onwards, he participated in the development of the National Circus Arts School (Enacr) in Rosny-sous-Bois and the implementation of its vocational course. He has taught acrobatic and aerial disciplines for almost ten years (1999 to 2008) at the National School and College of Higher Education for Circus Arts in Rosny-sous-Bois and Châlons-en-Champagne, at Fratellini in Saint-Denis, and in Montreal, San Francisco, London and Brussels.

In addition he has invented a new technique for aerial work using silks, and has also created a safety system for swinging trapeze artists.

He was an expert for the French Ministry of Culture commission for aid for creation and residency (DMDTS) from 2005 to 2008.

He is also an administrator for the European Federation of Vocational Circus Schools (Fedec), for the Maison du Cirque, the International Centre for Training in the Performing Arts, and is a circus expert for the accreditation commission for the National Superior Professional Diploma DNSP) in France.

From 2008 to 2012 he was director of the Higher School of Circus Arts (ESAC) in Brussels.

The CNAC board of directors subsequently named him director of the establishment with the approval of the Ministry of Culture. He took up his post on December 17th 2012.