Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, approves the appointment of Peggy Donck as director of the Centre National des Arts du Cirque (CNAC), following the decision of the Executive Board, meeting on October 21, 2021, chaired by Frédéric Durnerin.

Peggy Donck is the production manager of company XY. Founded in 2005 at the initiative of Abdel Senhadji and Mahmoud Louertani, this company has become a reference artistic team in the French and international acrobatic landscape.

Peggy Donck was previously production director of the company «Un Loup pour l'Homme» and the collective AOC, as well as general secretary of «Hors les Murs», National Resource Centre for Circus and Street Arts.

His vision of art, his understanding of the different stakes of the entire circus industry and his knowledge of artists from all disciplines will allow him to give emerging circus artists the tools to create the aesthetics of tomorrow’s circus.

Peggy Donck to take office on 1er January 2022 following Gérard Fasoli, Director of the CNAC since 2013 who asserted his retirement rights. Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin salutes the tireless action taken by the latter to keep the CNAC at a high level of artistic and educational requirement.


The CNAC, created in 1985 by the Ministry of Culture, is a superior training, resource and research institution dedicated to contemporary circus.

Nearly 400 artists, representing 35 nationalities, are the result of the training of excellence provided by the CNAC Higher School of Circus Arts (ENSAC). These artists are today major players in the international art scene.

As a centre of lifelong learning, but also a centre of resources and research of international reference, the CNAC defends the values of the circassian spirit, including rigour, self-control, collective sense, respect for others.

The CNAC is an institution rooted in its territory and open to artists, researchers or professionals in the circus and performing arts as well as to the general public. Its ambition is to be at the forefront of pedagogical, artistic, scientific and technical innovation, to put itself even more at the service of its sector, and more broadly of the performing arts.