Vincent Van Tilbeurgh

At the age of 14, I discovered my “calling” by attending a show, igniting a passion for live performance within me. For 17 years, I worked as a lighting technician, primarily in dance and theater. In 2000, my life took a turn when I discovered circus, first at CNAC for 4 years, then in Rosny-sous-Bois for 11 years. As someone who traverses mountains in search of verticality, serenity, and beauty, it was only natural that my encounter with circus changed my life. I found more authentic human connections there, as well as the physical engagement akin to mountaineering and rope work.

The term “technical director” has always sounded strange to me; I see myself more as a Swiss army knife, a boundary setter, a door opener, a facilitator, ready to tackle the improbable challenge of creating a show. In 2017, I chose to work as an independent contractor, collaborating with companies and organizations such as the Libertivores Company, the CABAS Company, and the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain.

I enjoy the concentration, the nerves, the emotion, the human contact, the adrenaline, and the beauty, whether on a stage or on mountain cliffs. For the past five years, while working with companies, I’ve enjoyed collaborating with teams that make me believe a new world is possible!