Cirque Exalté

The Company

The Cirque Exalté Company was created in 2009 by Sara Desprez and Angelos Matsakis, both trained at the Superior school of circus arts in Brussels (ESAC). Since 2010, they are working with Albin Warette for the direction of their first show “Complètement Swing !”. Emiliano Ferri join them for a new show “Furieuse Tendresse”. The Company has been touring with “Completely Swing!” throughout France and internationally since 2010, and with “Furieuse tendresse” since 2014. “The name [of the crew] sprang forth very quickly as the clear choice. We’d like to proclaim to the world the circus’ expertise, its form of exchange, and its sense of generosity through the use of numerous different technics. In the word “exaltation” we conjure up, all at the same time, our energies, our impulsiveness, our passions and our poetry. Our Circus is meant to be lively, anchored in the present, full of risk-taking and enthusiasm, with just a slight, sweet hint of madness. It is successively choreographed, performed and championed.”


Complètement Swing ! Creation 2010

Furieuse tendresse Creation 2014

Coyote Creation 2019

Amants Creation 2020

Foutoir céleste (titre provisoire) Creation 2022

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The Team

Sara Desprez

Swinging Trapeze, Artist and Aerial Acrobat
At the age of six, while pumping her legs as high as possible on her swing, she threw herself into the air, shouting, “Look, Mommy!”… Thanks to a quick-thinking passer-by, she had a narrow escape from what could have been her final flight! Ten years later, Desprez trained at the The National Circus School of Châtellerault (l’Ecole Nationale de Cirque de Châtellerault, ENCC), then at the Ecole Supérieure des Arts du Cirque of Brussels (ESAC), where she specialized in the swinging trapeze.

She subsequently joined the Helsinki Winter Circus in Finland for two consecutive seasons. Always excited to learn, Sara trains for her acrobatic lifts alongside Angelos Matsakis, with whom she also decides to develop her abilities as a creative artist, by giving birth to the Cirque Exalté Company and its firts show « Complètement Swing!». Nowadays they are touring their second production « Furieuse Tendresse » co-written by Emiliano Ferri.

Angelos Matsakis

Juggler, Acrobatic Lifts
After having dabbled in ping-pong, horseback riding, rugby, badminton, ballroom dance, chess, synchronized swimming, Angelos finally discovers the activity for which he is destined: The Circus.

After his years at the Circus of Hobbies, during which Angelos is a jack of all trades, he is accepted to l’Ecole Nationale de Cirque de Chatelleraut (ENCC), then continues on to l’Ecole Superieure des Arts du Cirque de Bruxelles (ESAC), where he specializes in juggling and acrobatics. Soon after he participates in the creation of Cirque d’Hiver d’Helsinki in Finland, in which he works on his acrobatic lifts.

In 2008, along with Sara, he creates the Cirque Exalté Company and the show « Complètement Swing!» . Today they are co-directing their second production « Furieuse Tendresse », co-written by Emiliano Ferri.

Jonathan Charlet

Porteur, jongleur, acrobate

Né dans le nord de la France, c’est grâce aux conventions de jonglerie que Jonathan découvre le cirque. Après des études dites classique (baccalauréat), il part découvrir le monde dans un voyage d’un an et demi, occasion pour lui d’affiner sa vision des choses et de revenir sûr de ses choix d’orientation : Les arts du cirque.
Il intègre par la suite l’école de cirque de Rosny-sous-Bois (ENACR), il y rencontre alors Luis Miguel Cajiao Oviedo et découvre le main à main. Une relation se tisse et un amour profond pour cette discipline naît. Ensemble, ils continuent leurs études à Châlons-en-Champagne au Centre National des Art du Cirque.
C’est au terme de ce cursus, et après la création et la tournée du spectacle « Over the cloud » de Jérome Thomas que leurs chemins se séparent. Jonathan reprend pendant un temps la jonglerie, puis saisi l’opportunité de travailler avec des compagnies de tous horizons, dont la Fura dels baus, la compagnie XY, la compagnie Hervegil, la compagnie Azein, Le Jeune Opéra de France, Et la Compagnie Alex On The Wire. Après une rencontre rapide au mans avec Angelos et Sara le choix d’intégrer le Cirque Exalté est apparu comme une évidence.