Jamais en retraite

Compagnie Zania

Let’s give relief to what becomes invisible.

Jamais en retraite [Never Retiring] is, above all, a declaration of love to our grandmothers and a demand that their place in society receives the proper recognition.

Carla and Maria, two modern Don Quixotes, confront the inevitable battle against time and take us on a dance of everyday life that is both funny and poetic.

With the help of an acrobatic bicycle and a corde lisse, these two grand ladies talk to us about old age with humor and tenderness. The strong but delicate bond that unites them weaves the web of an unexpected adventure that moves between overflowing friendship and awkward joy...

*Jamais en retraite can be performed in french, italian, spanish and english.

As a preamble for the show, Zania Company suggests doing a wandering Passeggiata Dominicale. In a total immersion in the public space, both protagonists interact with passers-by using street furnitures as circus apparatus. The wandering show is adapted to each and every space where it is performed.

Circus, theater, music.

Jamais en retraite

Outdoor or Indoor : 50′ or 30′ | suitable for all

Wandering : 45′ | suitable for all


Technical rider on request

semi-frontal show

Hard and levelled floor

Opening : 9,5m

Depth : 8m

In the press

«Les passants pensent tout d’abord que ce sont deux grand-mères qui réalisent des acrobaties puis découvrent la compagnie Zania, qui offre avec humour et amour leur regard sur la vieillesse. Pour elles et pour nous, jouer dans des espaces ouverts et ruraux est un régal. »

«Entre acrobaties, équilibre, poésie et humour, les frasques de la Compagnie Zania ont touché les spectateurs. La grâce, la simplicité et l’humilité des deux artistes bouleversent les codes. »


By and with : Gioia Zanaboni, Anja Eberhart

External look : Daniel Gulko, Gilles Jolly

Lighting design : Clément Fodella

Coproductions & supports

CO-PRODUCTION : La CASCADE Pôle national Cirque Ardèche, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

SUPPORTS : Région Sud / Piste d’Azur – Centre Régional des Arts du Cirque Région Sud / Archaos – Pôle National Cirque / La Central del Circ de Barcelona / Ville de Marseille

Calendar Jamais en retraite

Voir le calendrier de la Cie

  • 21 May 2022 | ORAISON (04) La Loly Circus

  • 8 July 2022 | VITRE (35) Festival Parlez-moi d’humour

  • 21 July 2022 | GORDES (84)

  • 29 July 2022 | LUDWIGSHAFEN (A)

  • 30 July 2022 | LUDWIGSHAFEN (A)

  • 31 July 2022 | LUDWIGSHAFEN (A)

  • 3 August 2022 | GROSSETO (Italie)

  • 10 September 2022 | LA TESTE DE BUCH (33)


Sylvie Sauvage +33(0)6 79 70 35 83