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Hautes Tensions

Circus, dance and hip-hop at Parc de la Villette, 1-13 April

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A two-week festival celebrating circus and hip-hop at La Villette, Hautes Tensions is now in its fourth edition after three very successful years, mixing dancers and performers and surpassing all clichés of bling and bad language, red noses and rubber chickens.

Last year, nearly 17 groups showed off their talents, including the powerful work of Hamid Ben Mahi, the dextrous juggling of Danis Paumier and the energy of the female hip-hop group Lady Rocks. On top of all this are multiple workshops and master classes for children and adults of all levels of experience. The festival's star is only rising, and 2014 promises much more of the same fun.