Companie Monad

Monad is a juggling and dance company created in 2018 by Van-Kim Tran and Cyrille Humen.

Van-Kim Tran | Juggler and dancer
A graduate in engineering, and self-taught juggler, Van-Kim trained at the Lomme circus school.
He has professionally practiced contemporary dance, buto and dervish dance, with Carolyn Carlson, Jean-Daniel Fricker and Ziya Azazi. He wrote a contact juggling and buto solo “Solstice” in 2014.
Until 2017, he was part of the company Defracto, with whom he wrote the show “Dystonie”.

Cyrille Humen | Juggler and dancer
A self-taught juggler and dancer, Cyrille’s juggling is notably physical and acrobatic.
In 2016, with Van-Kim, they organized and participated in a self-managed training and juggling workshop series with the Faaac (Alternative and self-managed program for circus arts).
After performing his pieces around the world, he now works with the circus company, Acrojou (England) beginning with their creation in 2018.

Eric Longequel | Director
Awarded the silver medal at the “Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain“, Eric is a founding member of the company Ea Eo, with which he created “M2“ and “All the Fun“. With the company Defracto, he wrote “Flaque“. Since 2016, he has worked with Jay Gilligan on “How to Welcome the Aliens“, the show which will be performed when aliens land on Earth.
He has contributed as a director to the performances “Dystonie“ (Defracto), “Loop“ (Stoptoï) and “I have no legs, I have wings“ (Tau).
In 2018, he has received the SACD juggling creation award.

Everything starts with a Yin moment…


In this performance, we will contradict ourselves
We will seek to make the invisible visible,
To share what’s happening inside with the outside.
We will make silence resonate
and share a taste of eternity in less than an hour. Bodies will constantly turn. And yet, at times, they will be still. In this duet, we will be three.
Juggling will be present.

Exploring the Yin-Yang

Our research’s point of departure is the dynamic vision of life, proposed by Yin-Yang.
“Yin-Yang separates things to gather them.
Any opposition, necessarily relative and reversible, is aiming to reunite.
Yin and Yang are not symmetric, they are equal and asymmetric.
Equal because there is no hierarchy between them, one is not greater
or lower than the other. What is important is how they relate to each
other at every moment, as they constantly shift.
Their intrinsic differences ensure the continued existence of their exchanges.
Yin and Yang, when they are distinguished one from the other;
Yin or Yang, when they alternate one after the other.”

Jean-Marc Kespi, Honorary President of the French acupuncture association

A complementary relationship
Our juggling, our bodies and our minds have been built on 10 years of personal practice.
In our duo, our juggling practices are similar, yet, our relationship is based on our differences. Through a complementary relationship, we seek to synergistically support the other with each other’s own strengths.
“The harmony between same is easy, the harmony between differences is fertile.”

The 3rd member of the duo
Yin-Yang is a dynamic principle. Yin and Yang are linked by energy, chi. So, Yin-Yang is neither one nor two, it is three. We are a trio, and the third member is Juggling.

Contact juggling, a Yin practice
To make a ball roll on one’s body, one needs a constant awareness. It is impossible to force the trajectory of the ball, one can only transform its energy. When it rolls slowly, one can feel and share the connexion to the object, the softness of the touch

Whirling, and developing a unique juggling
To juggle is to connect with objects through the use of gravitational force. When we whirl, a new force appears, a centrifugal force. By using it, we develop a unique style of juggling, where the object is projected outwards. There is no more front, back, left and right. Only the axis. And the projection.
Whirling allows the audience the opportunity to access potentially unseen perspectives, such as the back or the profile of the body. Moreover, they can experience it in a dynamic way, perceiving the shift from invisible to visible, disappearing and reappearing.

Juggling in loops
Tricks and patterns with objects are the traditional elements used to think and develop juggling.
In our practice which is based on tai chi, we use very precise loops with movements, which integrate the object, the breath and the whole body. By transforming and intertwining these loops, we create our juggling.

The juggling in between
Passing, or the way to throw objects to each other, is a classic technique in juggling. In our practice, it is energy that we exchange through the object. As in Tuishou («Push hands »), a duo tai chi practice, we are interested in giving and receiving. Particularly we concentrate on the moment of reversal, when giving becomes receiving and vice versa.

The top and the bottom
We wear skirts. Beyond a piece of clothing, dervish skirts are our partners and juggling objects. Dervish skirts create waves of silk during the process of whirling. Moreover, they conceal, giving a mysterious aspect to the dynamic of walking below and add an element of fluidity in the juggling above.

Sharing our experience
With experience teaching more than fifty workshops, Van-Kim is managing the outreach projects related to the show. Our workshops and performances are for everyone, amateur and professionals, of all levels. It is important for our company to share our experience in dance and juggling. We propose to each person to take part experimenting in our creation process, alternative relationships to the body, the object and the imagination.

Maison des Jonglages (La Courneuve, France), La Cascade (Pôle national cirque), Théâtre de poche (Wesserling, France), Dali Flow Fest (Dali, China), Çadir Studyo (Istanbul, Turkey), Flowspace (Oakland, U.S.)

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