Ice Skates And Other Cruelties

Camille Paycha

Ice Skates And Other Cruelties consists in a choreography for one human body and the material of glass which explores the following questions :

How can one thing be two things at the same time ? In other words, how to escape the binary thinking?

How can a material extend the reach of human awareness of its surroundings ?

How do we survive under the layers of crap that cover us ? Does making them visible destroy them ?

In ​Ice Skates And Other Cruelties you will see smooth moves and sharp glass. You may also see sharp moves and smooth glass. Hopefully a carved body will slice the glass. We will try to avoid that carved glass slices the body.

This performance, which takes place on a synthetic ice rink, draws the lines of a constantly transforming landscape where something cruel can find its poetry and something beautiful can reveal all its violence. Behind her layers of glass, Camille Paycha aims at triggering our collective imagination by making space both literally and figuratively.


With this show, Camille is shortlisted for CircusNext 2020 - 2021. CircusNext is  a European circus label: the creators selected by a European jury stand out for their singularity and creativity. Their art works question us, jostle us, enchant us, move us.



By and with: Camille Paycha

Creation assistant: Laura Gilles-Pick

Material research: Stéphane Gilles-Pick

Outside eye : Markéta de Borggraef 

Scenography : Kris Van Oudenhove 

Sound design : Bram Vandeghinste

Artistic adviser : Bauke Lievens

Technician on tour : to be confirmed

Diffusion : Emma Ketels (je buro)

Coproducers: PERPLX, De Grote Post, Festival Circolo

Residencies: PERPLX, De Grote Post, De Spil,  Circuscentrum, Cirqueon

Producer: Boegbeeld vzw

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Schermafbeelding 2020-08-28 om 11.11.01.


IN CREATION - première DEC 2021​

  • 10+ 

  • 60 min

  • performance without words

  • max 2x/day

  • max 300 pers.

  • indoor (blackbox) & outdoor (site-specific at night)


  • 7mx7m, height: min. 5m​


Team: 1 artist, 1 technician, 1 diffusion

Travel from Oostende (BE)