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Circus Archaos (Established 1986)



  • Existence: Established 1986


Cirque Archaos was a French circus created by Pierrot Bidon (1954-2010) in 1986. Archaos offered an alternative to traditional circus and animal performance between the 1980s and 1990s, with a strong emphasis in dare devil stunt performances, which made them a pioneer of contemporary circus.

Archaos had a strong influence in the development of British contemporary circus and inspired the creation of many new circuses such as The Circus of Horrors.

Today, Archaos is based in Marseille, France, and is a designated Pôle National des Arts du Cirque. Archaos is also the main organiser of the Biennale Internationale des Arts du Cirque, the world's largest contemporary circus festival.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Circus Friends Association Collection

Reference code: NFA0122
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a large library of books and journals, as well as archival material including posters, programmes, photographs, films, handbills, research material, scrapbooks, original artwork and many other items of ephemera relating to British, Irish and European circuses

Dates: 1795 - 2020

Circus Roncalli First 15 Years, Circus Merano, Cirque du Soleil and Archaos: A Circus Spectacular Films, 1985 - 1991

Reference code: 178D13.10
Scope and Contents WDR, Channel 4. Colour and black and white, sound and background music. DVD1'The Trip to the Rainbow' 15 Years, Circus Roncalli 1991 tv broadcast, narrated in German, showing circus acts including clowning, acrobatics, juggling, etc, Circus Merano tv broadcast, narrated in Swedish?, showing circus acts, 02:00:21 mins. DVD2 Cirque du Soleil 'Nouvelle Experience' tv broadcast showing contorsionists, clowns, acrobats, etc, commercial advertising, Circus Archaos tv broadcast, The Last Show on...
Dates: 1985 - 1991

Films, 1927 - 2007

Reference code: 178D13
Scope and Contents

Compilation of circus films showing acts on the ring as well as interviews with performers and proprietors, mainly produced by tv companies in the UK and Europe. Many of them narrated in German.

Dates: 1927 - 2007