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Archaos was a French contemporary circus[1] created by Pierrot Bidon in 1986. It was an alternative, theatrical circus without animals, featuring dangerous stunts like chainsaw juggling, fire breathing, wall of death, etc. Archaos found fame in the UK through Pierrot's association with Adrian Evans, who promoted the company there. Shows included Chapiteau des Cordes, Bouinax, BX91 and Metal Clown. Archaos sold out for 12 weeks on Clapham Common in 1990, following a UK tour.

The 1991 tour of Metal Clown encountered financial difficulties after the tent was destroyed by gales in Tallaght, Dublin. This, and a number of artistic differences, led to the demise of Archaos.[citation needed] A number of Brits who trained with the company have gone on to pursue careers in the entertainment industry, with companies such as Mischief La-Bas and Flambeaux & The P-Cult.

Archaos also helped inspire the British New Circus movement, led by companies like Mamaloucos (formed in 1996), who went on to collaborate with the Royal National Theatre.

In September 2010, an exhibition in London displayed the Archaos archive of films, photos, audio, etc. Ex-members travelled from all over the world to be at the five-day event. The exhibition was held in memory of Archaos founder Pierrot Bidon, who died earlier in the year. A website hosting an archive of Archaos is online.


  1. ^ Tait, Peta (2005). Circus bodies: cultural identity in aerial performance. Routledge. pp. 120–140. ISBN 978-0-415-32938-5. 

An archive website for Archaos Circus 1988-1991 was launched after the passing of Pierrot Bidon in 2011. It holds film, images, press coverage and stories. You can add your own memories and content.

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