ALAIN REYNAUD

Les Nouveaux Nez & Cie

Alain Reynaud

Sometimes we cushion the blow by saying “director-artist”. But the truth is, it’s this widegap between the two roles which keeps Alain hooked; he wears two hats: he is the director of the Cascade (National Circus Centre for the Auvergne Rhône Alpes region of France) and he is also a clown. But he wears both hats as if they were one : political, poetic, idiotic, erudite, representing authority and also freedom; he’s a manager who thinks outside the box, cutting across paradoxes, carving out a career path where dreams and reality move forward together.
Defining himself as an eclectic-bulimic, he approaches his craft from different angles: actor-clown, teacher, director. In the end, it all comes down to putting things together, connecting, taking, passing on, cutting words into a thousand pieces; all this is very much the DNA of Félix Tampon, his august clown. Félix Tampon, lost, disorientated guide from an imaginary world, a go-between who dreams of bringing people together for one great big party.
A former student at the CNAC - Centre National des Arts du Cirque (Year Group no.2), Alain is one of the co-founders of the company "Les Nouveaux Nez & Cie" with whom he has created a multitude of shows : Cinq folies en Cirque mineur (Five Follies in Circus Minor), le Jour des Petites lunes (Day of the Little Moons), le Théâtre des Nouveaux Nez (The Nouveaux Nez's Theatre), Mador Nomad... He has directed shows for the company A droite Gauche, the show Klaxon for the company Akoreacro and numerous site-specific shows for the Alba Circus Festival : La Grande Suite, Circo Barolo, Roue Libre (Free Wheel)... In 2015 the CNAC invited him to stage their 27th year group student show : Avec Vue sur la Piste. In 2016, he shared the stage with two other professional clowns : Heinzi Lorenzen and Gabriel Chamé Buendia, in the show Triiio. He has been associate artist with the Luxembourg Philharmonie since 2018, directing the show Chapô Chapô, followed by Circo Piano, both projects fusing circus with live classical music.
In the field of teaching, he collaborates regularly with circus and drama schools such as the CNAC, ENSATT and la Comédie de St Etienne.

Perfomances

© Daniel Michelon

Les Nouveaux Nez & Cie

Rose­line Guinet, Nico­las Bernard, Roger Bories, Alain Rey­naud, élèves, et André Riot-Sarcey, pro­fesseur d’art clow­nesque, se sont ren­con­trés en 1986 au Centre National des Arts du Cirque de Châlons en Cham­pagne (2ème pro­mo­tion). Après en être sortis pre­miers clowns couron­nés d’un diplôme d’état en décem­bre 1990, ils créent leur com­pag­nie dès jan­vier 1991 à Bourg Saint Andéol en Ardèche et s’installent en 1992 dans l’ancienne menuis­erie Rey­naud au quartier de Tourne.

Par­al­lèle­ment à leurs tournées en France et dans le monde, soucieux de s’implanter et de pren­dre part à la vie locale de Bourg Saint Andéol, ils imag­i­nent et met­tent en scène, en col­lab­o­ra­tion avec l’association Bourg Ini­tia­tives, les mémorables Cabarets Cham­pêtres qui enchanteront les soirées d’été des spec­ta­teurs du quartier de Tourne de 1992 à 2008. Les Nou­veaux Nez créent à la Menuis­erie tous leurs spec­ta­cles de 1992 à 2008. De plus, ils en font un lieu de ren­con­tres artis­tiques, de for­ma­tions et de créa­tions, autour du clown, qui pré­fig­ur­era La Cas­cade, Pôle National Cirque qui ouvrira ses portes en 2008 .

Depuis 2008, la com­pag­nie est en rési­dence per­ma­nente à La Cas­cade, dont la direc­tion a été con­fiée à Alain Rey­naud. La com­pag­nie est aujourd’hui com­posée de : Rose­line Guinet, Raquel Esteve Mora, Nico­las Bernard, Alain Rey­naud, André Riot-Sarcey.