Jérémie Arsenault is a founding member of internationally renowned circus troupe FLIP Fabrique, who have brought their aerial adventures to Underbelly Festival Southbank with TRANSIT for a six-week run as one of the headline acts of this year’s jam-packed festival.

Inspired by what it means to be a member of a high-flying touring troupe, the company will flip, tumble and spring their way through the ups and downs of being on tour, the friendship and fun of being together, and the transient nature of life itself. With infectious warmth, FLIP Fabrique merge heart-stopping aerial routines, first-class circus skills and a jaw-dropping trampoline-wall, for an audience of children and grown-ups alike.

TRANSIT is at Underbelly Southbank until 7th July.

TRANSIT is at Underbelly Southbank, what can you tell us about it?

We are super excited to be back after two years. We had a blast when we did Attrape Moi. And now TRANSIT!  The show is based on our lives as circus performers on tour. The audience gets to see our ups, our downs but also our dreams. As the show progresses you get to know a bit more about every character. Fun, laughs, juggling and high-class acrobatic skills are to be expected. 

What inspired you to form FLIP Fabrique?

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After circus school you get to work with different circus companies around the world. You get to know what you like and what you don’t. After a while as a solo performer, my best friend and Director of Flip Fabrique, Bruno Gagnon, reached out to me and other friends from school. He asked me how I would like to create our own show and start a new circus company. It was the dream we always talked about back in the days when we started training.

What is it about Flip Fabrique that makes you such a tight knit group? 

We are a Family. We are always together on tour. We get to know each other on very personal aspects of our life. And every time we have to change or replace one of the cast members, we look for another friend. And over all we have to trust each other. There is so little room for mistakes in the show that you have to trust that everyone has your back.

Your last visit to Underbelly with Attrape-Moi was a big success, does that add pressure for this production?

For sure there is always pressure when it comes to live entertainment. You want to do good. It’s not like TV where you can do it over and over until it’s perfect. Although, I’m pretty confident with TRANSIT. Most of the people that have seen both shows like TRANSIT better.

Why do you think Underbelly Southbank makes such a great home for circus?

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Underbelly Transit

It’s in the center of London and under a tent! You get in and there’s this fair vibe at Underbelly. With the Cow tent and the Spiegel tent you feel like you’re in a traditional circus fair. And they always program high quality circus shows.

What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to see TRANSIT?

Stop thinking! Buy your tickets, bring your family, kids, friends or even bring a stranger! It will give you a boost of energy and joy! You’ll want to go home and play after seeing TRANSIT. Hurry up!

Greg is an award-winning writer with a huge passion for theatre. He has appeared on stage, as well as having directed several plays in his native Scotland. Greg is the founder and editor of Theatre Weekly

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