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Cherche - Trouve: A Masterclass with Lân Maurice Nguyễn


This is a rare opportunity to take a masterclass with Vietnamese Bamboo Circus Artistic Director Lân Maurice Nguyễn during his visit to Melbourne with the acclaimed Nouveau Cirque du Vietnam who will present À Làng Ph at Arts Centre Melbourne as part of Asia TOPA 2020.

About Cherche – Trouve

Cherche – Trouve (search and find) is a creation methodology developed by Artistic Director Lân Maurice that seeks out the right questions to develop and refine work. The approach is a sustained process of searching, finding, constructing, and destroying in order to search again, find again and re-construct. Cherche - Trouve will equip artists with techniques to help avoid repeating existing forms and to discover original forms of circus artistry drawn from their own unique lived experience.

About the Workshop

Part 1: Creation Tools

10am – 5pm Saturday 22 February (includes 1-hour lunch break)

An introduction to the Cherche – Trouve methodology. Attendees are asked to bring existing material, fully developed sequences or work in the later stages of development. This is a practical session designed to strengthen the outcome of devised work. It will focus on body skills and technical realisation as well as explore emotion, sensitivities and artistic approaches.

Part 2: Research Tools

10am – 5pm Saturday 29 February (includes 1-hour lunch break)

A deeper exploration of the Cherche – Trouve methodology. Participants will focus on theoretical aspects of the approach, applying new tools to challenge their own research and development process. Participants will experiment with new tools, apply the methodology to their research approach, expand the range of responses available to them in the research stage, and analyse the impact on their individual creation process.

Participant Requirements

Participants from a variety of disciplines are welcome. This workshop is pitched at a level appropriate for professional circus performers and artists enrolled in or graduated from tertiary circus training. If you have queries about the level of experience required, please contact Zeb Hunter to discuss.

Please come prepared with a well-developed circus act to work on. You can bring your own apparatus and equipment, or NICA may be able to provide you with apparatus or equipment. Please get in touch with us after booking to arrange apparatus requirements.

About Lân Maurice Nguyễn

Lân Maurice Nguyễn trained at the National Circus School in Vietnam throughout his childhood and performed for Cirque Plume in France, before becoming Artistic Director of circus academy Arc en Cirque in France. With his brother Nhất Lý Nguyễn and former Cirque du Soleil performer and choreographer Tuấn Lê he co-founded Nouveau Cirque du Vietnam, drawing inspiration from Vietnamese culture and traditional way of life. He has worked as artistic and training director on the group’s first widely acclaimed production Làng Tôi (My Village) and subsequent productions À Ố Làng Phố, and Teh Dar. His mission has always been to encourage artists to break their habits and routines of the past and nurture their creativity, creative sensibility and innovation.

Price (per workshop)

NICA Alumni, students and staff: $100

Industry price: $240

Workshop participants will be offered a 20% discount to À Ố Làng Phố at Arts Centre Melbourne 27–29 February 2020

Image credit: Nguyen The Duong

This Masterclass is presented in partnership with Arts Centre Melbourne for Asia TOPA 2020.


39-59 Green Street, Prahran, Victoria 3181

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