General Meeting at Cirque-Théâtre d'Elbeuf

Elbeuf, France
December 5-7, 2018


We’ll be heading West for this General Meeting, during which we will offer you to undertake a journey to discover the Normandy region – a territory of artistic exchanges and innovation. Co-organised with Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf, this meeting will be focused on "Circus and Cultural Heritage", with a travelling programme around three key cultural venues of the “Metropolis Rouen Normandie”:

  • DAY 1 at Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf - National Centre for the Circus Arts in Normandy, one of the eight remaining ‘free standing’ circuses in France. It is the only one to have both a circus ring as well as an Italian style stage (proscenium stage), making it a truly unique space and heritage building dating back to 1892. Co-organiser of SPRING, festival celebrating new forms in circus arts in Normandy with La Brèche in Cherbourg as part of the platform “2 Pôles cirque en Normandie”.
  • DAY 2 at Atelier 231, a former railway industry site, now converted into a French National Centre for Street Arts and Arts in Public Space (one of the 14 CNAREP - Centres nationaux des arts de la rue et de l'espace public) 
  • DAY 3 at Regional knowledge hub (Pôle Régional des Savoirs), to explore the links between contemporary circus and heritage through the examples of the SPRING festival, circus shows performed in incredible locations such as Mont Saint-Michel, and the work of circus artists who design in situ performances in partnership with the Centre des Monuments Nationaux.

You will have the chance to better grasp the nature and singularities of the area surrounding the Cirque Théâtre d’Elbeuf, notably through visits of venues dedicated to circus and street arts, meetings with local artists and the discovery of an artistic programme combining shows and works-in-progress!

Come and register now! 


Photo: © Ville d'Elbeuf_L


Download the programme!


Practical information

A travelling programme...

The General Meeting and its related activities will take place in 3 different cities of the “Metropolis Rouen Normandie”! Throughout the programme, you will have the chance to explore the local environment and discover its main venues for circus and street arts in:

  • Rouen: Historical and city centre of the Metropolis. This will be the "base camp" during your stay, where all partner hotels of the General Meeting are located. 
  • Elbeuf: That's where we'll meet on the first day (Wednesday 5th December). Elbeuf is the host city of the Cirque-Théâtre d'Elbeuf. 
  • Sotteville lès Rouen: This is where we'll spend the afternoon on Thursday 6th December and where the Atelier 231 is located. 

Every morning and evening, a shuttle will drive you to the different venues indicated in the programme and will bring you back to your hotels in Rouen. You'll just have to let the shuttle carry you away!


How to get to the Cirque-Théâtre d'Elbeuf?

International travelers, on your marks!

For non-French residents, you will have to book a flight to Paris and then take a train from Paris in direction to Rouen to reach the Cirque-Théâtre d'Elbeuf, which is the main venue of the General Meeting. 

In Paris, the train station to go to Rouen is Gare Saint-Lazare.  

Address: 13 rue d'Amsterdam, 75008 Paris

Metro lines: 3, 12, 13 or 14; RER A.

How to get to Gare Saint-Lazare from the airport Roissy Charles de Gaulle? 
  • Take the train called "RER B" (blue line) direction “Robinson” or “Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse” 
  • Stop at “Châtelet-Les Halles” station
  • Change to the metro line 14 direction “Saint Lazare”
  • Stop at "Saint Lazare".

Duration: 55 min

Price: €10,30 (including RER + metro) 

How to get to Gare Saint-Lazare from the Orly airport?
  • Take the train called “Orlyval” direction Paris City Center 
  • Stop at “Antony station” and take the train « RER B » (blue line) direction “Mitry-Claye” or “Aéroport Charles de Gaulle” 
  • Stop at “Châtelet-Les Halles” station
  • Change to the metro line 14 direction “Saint Lazare”
  • Stop at "Saint Lazare".

Duration: 50 min

Price: €12,10 (including Orlyval + RER + metro)

How do I book my train ticket Paris-Rouen? 

You should book your tickets directly on the SNCF website (SNCF is the public train company in France). The train ride from Paris to Rouen will take between 1h15 and 1h30. 

Price: €22 if you buy the ticket on the day (cheaper before).

Arrival: How to get to the Cirque-Théâtre d'Elbeuf on the 5th? 

The Cirque-Théâtre d'Elbeuf will put shuttles at your disposal to take you to the Cirque-Théâtre.

Please note that you need to register online beforehand for the shuttles! Simply fill in the dedicated part in the registration form.

OPTION#1: Arrival on the 4th or 5th (early morning): 

If you are planning to arrive on the 4th or on the 5th -early morning- in Rouen (and after doing your check-in in your hotel), you can take a shuttle from the city centre to the Cirque-Théâtre at:

11:00am or 13:00pm

Meeting point for the shuttle in Rouen: Place de la Haute Vieille Tour (next to the Cathedral) 


OPTION#2: Arrival on the 5th, before noon:

If you are planing to arrive around lunch time on the 5th, we strongly advise you to go directly to the Cirque-Théâtre for the joint lunch with CircusNext. 

To do so, we recommend you to book your train ticket based on the following Paris-Rouen train schedule ; and then stop in Oissel station (which is the stop just before Rouen station) 

  • Departure from Paris Gare Saint-Lazare: 10:18
  • Stop at Oissel (1 stop before Rouen station): 11:37
  • Then, a shuttle will pick you up at 11:37 in Oissel. You will arrive at the Cirque-Théâtre at 12:00 sharp. 

Meeting point for the shuttle in Oissel: in front of the train station


OPTION#3: Arrival on the 5th, afternoon:

If you are planning to arrive after the joint lunch with Circusnext and just on time for the beginning of the Circostrada activities, we advise you to book your train ticket based on the following Paris-Rouen train schedule ; and then stop in Oissel station (which is the stop just before Rouen station) 

  • Departure from Paris Gare Saint-Lazare: 12:20
  • Stop at Oissel (1 stop before Rouen station): 13:37
  • Then, a shuttle will pick you up at 13:37 in Oissel. You will arrive at the Cirque-Théâtre at 14:00 sharp.

Meeting point for the shuttle in Oissel: in front of the train station


If none of these options seems to correspond to your travel timetable, do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to help you! 

Departure: Leaving Rouen and going back to Paris on the 7th 

Train schedule Rouen-Paris:

  • Departure (Rouen): 16:54 - Arrival (Paris Saint-Lazare): 18:12
  • Departure (Rouen): 17:09 - Arrival (Paris Saint-Lazare): 18:40
  • Departure (Rouen): 18:07 - Arrival (Paris Saint-Lazare): 19:42


Afterwards, there will be a train every hour.

If you are planning to see shows in the capital on Friday evening, don't forget to choose your train back to Paris accordingly. 

... And what if I come by car?

The Cirque-Théâtre d'Elbeuf is located at: 

2 rue Augustin Henry

76500 Elbeuf (France) 

GPS location: Longitude 01°00’41’’E / Latitude 49°17’26’’N

Parking: Champ de foire, in front of Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf

Partner hotels for the General Meeting

All selected hotels are located in the very city center of Rouen (10 min walk from the train station or 1 metro stop from the train station).

We have pre-booked some rooms in each partner hotel to make sure you would have a cozy place during your stay. 

Deadline to book a room: November 23rd (except for Hotel Cathédrale, until November 16th) Don't wait the last minute to book a room!

While booking per mail or by phone, you should specify the following code to the hotel: Circostrada

Late evening check-in: Please note that in case of late evening check-in, you'll need to inform the hotel and get the special code to enter your room. 

NB: breakfast is included in the price for each hotel listed.


Hotel Cathédrale * * *

  • Price:  €98,75 (with shower) / €115,75 (with a bathtub) 
  • Address: 12 rue Saint-Romain, 76000 Rouen
  • Contact information:

Tel: +33 (0)2 35 71 57 95

Booking until November 16th only!


  • Metro Station: Palais de justice
  • Reception is open until 21:00 (then you will need a code to enter)


Hotel de l’Europe* * *

  • Price: €69 (single room) / €82 (large room)
  • Address: 87 rue aux Ours, 76000 Rouen
  • Contact information: + 33(0) 2 32 76 17 76 /


  • Reception opens 24H/24
  • Metro Station: Palais de justice


Hotel Mercure Cathédrale * * * * 

  • Price: €131 (single room) / Double room (+ €12)
  • Address: 7 rue Croix de Fer, 76000 Rouen
  • Contact information:

Tel: + 33 (0)2 35 52 69 38 /



Hotel Premier Consul * *

  • Price: €71,40 (single room) 
  • Address: 3 rue Jean Lecanuet, 76000 Rouen
  • Contact information:

Tel : +33 (0)2 35 07 77 07


  • Reception is open until 20:00 (then you will need a code to enter)


Hotel Cardinal * *

  • Price: €78,55 (single room)
  • Address: 1 place de la Cathédrale, 76000 Rouen (located at the foot of the Cathedral) 
  • Contact information:

Tel : +33 (0) 2 35 70 24 42


    • Metro station: Palais de justice 
    • Reception is open until 20:00 (then you will need a code to enter)


    Hotel Morand * *

    • Price: €65,05 (single room)
    • Address: 1 rue Morand, 76000 Rouen
    • Contact information:

    Tel : +33 (0)2 35 71 46 07


    • Reception is open from 07:00 to 23:00 (then you will need a code to enter)


    Shuttle Meeting point during the General Meeting

    Every morning, we will meet at Place de la Haute Vieille tour in Rouen, where a shuttle will take us to the different venues of the programme.

    In the evening, the shuttles will also brought us back there. It is located really close to the different partner hotels so don't worry, you won't have much to walk!


    Optional artistic programme in Paris

    You are planning to spend the weekend in Paris? The artistic programme goes on in the French capital! 

    For those of you who wish to seize the opportunity of this French General Meeting to spend the weekend in Paris, we have gathered especially for you a list of shows that will be running in the capital during that specific weekend. 

    Download the artistic programme


    Booking should be made by mail or by phone directly with the different venues. Don’t wait until the last minutes due to the limited capacity of some of the venues… Deadline to book tickets: November 23

    When booking, you should specify the following code: Circostrada

    Information update! If you wish to book the show "Campana" from Cirque Trottola (venue: Cenquatre); booking should be made directly online at the following address. The price remains €18 (professional rate)



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    ©Arnaud Bertereau

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