Bruno Krief

Circus artist and teacher.

Creator and performer of solo and doubles aerial acts on trapeze, silks, straps and Chinese pole, he also creates set designs and aerial shows.

He trains aerial artists and visits graduate schools to give training courses and masterclasses such as at the CNAC for aerial disciplines and Chinese pole, or at the Académie Fratellini and in various other higher education institutions. He co-directs a creation space and aerial school in Paris (Studio Art-Mance), where he supports artistic projects and trains aerial professionals.

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First and foremost a visual artist and engraver, a master-printer in steel engraving (exhibitions in Paris and New York, member of La Jeune Gravure Contemporaine and of the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles), he left the fine arts for the circus arts.

Together with Armance Brown, he created a rising doubles trapeze act and performed under the name of Clérys. Winners of a Louis Merlin scholarship and the National Circus Award at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain, they toured with their aerial act through the big tops of France (Circus Pinder-Jean Richard, etc.) and abroad: Switzerland, Germany, Reunion, Belgium, (Cirque Royal de Bruxelles, Variété Circus Fliegenpilz, etc.).

Experience of cabaret and Music-hall (revue at the Casino de Deauville, Nouvelle Eve, Music Hall Achille Tonic, « Otto et Mezzo, Magic Mirrors (Amsterdam), Las Fiestas de Blanca LI, le Divan du monde, Macht der nacht (Berlin) etc ... as well as many performances at events.

After traveling through the circuses and music halls of Europe, he met Wim Wenders and spent three months in Berlin as an actor and designer of the aerial scenes of the film "So Far, So Close". He also collaborated with Bérangère Bonvoisin for the theatre ("La Vierge et le Cheval" at the Théâtre de l'Odéon, "Poisson des grands fonds" at the Théâtre de la Colline, as an actor), with Mauricio Celedon and his gestural theatre (creation of aerial scenes and acts), contemporary dance with choreographer Blanca Li (Salome: the aerial ballet, and for the "Lieu Unique " creation of a suspended mobile for six aerial dancers in homage to Calder), and the fine arts with visual artists: Michelangelo Pistoletto, and Daniel Buren for the creation of a doubles act at Company Foraine’s "Nouveau Cirque”.

Together with Armance Brown, they decided to create their company of new circus in order to create their own shows and find a common language between circus, music and theatre. They are touring with: "Eclats Sol Air", "Esquisse de Bambous" and their latest creations for acrobats and musicians: "Bambous de souffle", "Vertige de l’ombre", and lastly “Partitions bambous” and “Sieste Cubaine”.