Anne Lepage combines agility, great technical difficulty, and acrobatic
movements as the Flounes look on, fascinated.
A wonderfully lit and choreographed trapeze performance by Anne Lepage
in which the music sets the emotions of this piece. First, she takes to
the stage and is lifted towards her trapeze to "Fixe", an emotional set
played on Cello by Robert Stanley. A loneliness seems to fill the universe
until Ms. Lepage reaches her perch atop the big top. "Ballant" then
fills the air, and she begins her long swing into the void. Once her
flight is complete she descends to the stage, and with it "Baleines"
begins to play.
"Fixe" means "fixed" or "Set" in French, as in the trapeze bar is
not moving. "Ballant" can be translated to "dancing", but in this case
the trapeze bar and performer begin to swing. "Baleines", strangely
enough - or perhaps not so strangely - translates to "Whales", which
is exactly what sounds you are hearing being mimicked in the song.