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Pierrot Buto

“Well-being flourishes in conviviality, in resonance with the well-being of others. »

Jacques SALOME

Pierrot Buto on Place Masséna in Nice

His history

Pierrot Buto speaks a non-verbal language. His sentences are punctuated with gestures, movements, emotion, images and sometimes sounds.

Just because he doesn't speak doesn't mean he doesn't understand. The customs and habits of Men are totally foreign to him. Pierrot is not stupid. It just reflects… the light it receives. Often it is particularly surprising.

He speaks a language that everyone can understand, young and old - whatever their culture - an archaic and universal language: the maternal language of the human body. Pierrot Buto is the result of many years of research and experimentation. He is the culmination of a long process of unifying artistic skills into a single character.

Pierrot Buto was born under the gaze of passers-by in Place Masséna in the city of Nice, on February 14, 2012 during street performances organized by theCompany The Heart Accords.

Pierrot moves freely between mime, butoh dance, contemporary dance, clowning and acrobatics. Like playgrounds of his expression, he aims at the alchemy of choreographic, circus and theatrical disciplines.

Halfway between East and West, between Japan and France via India, whether through his aesthetics or his influence, both human and artistic, Pierrot Buto draws his strength from the energy of neo-butoh dance and is freely inspired by the mythical Pierrot Lunaire and its relationship with the world of dreams.

It is a mixture of the famous western mime with the unknown oriental butoh. His singularity makes him a character as touching as it is surprising.

Pierrot Buto on Place Masséna in Nice

His suit

Pierrot Buto was conceived and performed byMichael ChalOpin.

Pierrot's costume is far from being an accessory, it is his second skin...

• The first costume was made by Ingrid Igelnick, a clothing specialist for martial artists. Pierrot in this initial version represented yin and yang, black and white in search of an aesthetic balance between Zen and Western society.

• Pierrot's second costume was made by Claire, a seamstress from Nice with whom we started from scratch. Pierrot wanted to reconnect with the fluidity of the Baptiste costume from Les Enfants du Paradis while bringing back more fun and originality.

His nature


Pierrot Buto is within the family of clowns, aeccentric. He likes to play with codes and traditions to the point of confusing them and thus blurring the lines (to the stars!!). Pierrot remembers that behind the appearance of white all colors are hidden. The clowns Buffo and Slava's Snowshow inspired him enormously!!


Pantomime is for Pierrot Buto an extraordinary way ofput stars in his movements, of the'affect in its relationship to the world so that the moving body can develop the imagination and emotion of the public as well.

The costume and character ofBaptiste by Jean-Louis BARRAULT in the film by Marcel CARNÉ “Children of Paradise » not only inspired him, it is a humble tribute to him.


Pierrot speaks a double language which borrows fromcontemporary dance and to thebutoh dance certain codes which allowed him to find an axis of exploration without limit: thepoetry and thefluid dynamic. This gave him roots... To allow him to dream better...

Meetings with UshioAMAGATSU, OdileDUBOC and DominicDUPUY had a considerable impact on his dancing soul.


The circus is a big window open to the world. Pierrot surfs and bounces on the ground like others bounce on a trampoline. Acrobatics are for him so manyonomatopoeia which serve to punctuate the expressiveness of his personality. The track of his acrobatics is his field oftake off to the stars.


Breathing life into objectsis a path that Pierrot likes to walk... Perhaps it is linked to his origins...Before, Pierrot was a Pinocchio

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