The marquee in Parc de la Villette was designed in 1990. It is one of the first marquees located in Ile de France, which is entirely dedicated to the practice and representation of contemporary circus arts. Since then it has given rise to many resident and touring circus companies actively supporting them.
The marquee in Parc de la Villette plays a major role in preserving cultural and artistic circus arts revealing and promoting performances and innovations to a vast public. It regularly encourages larges companies such as Cirque Plume or Archaos that were among the first companies to be promoted in that place. It also welcomes circus festivals every year .
Designed like a real circus tent, the place is equipped to stage and promote an ensemble of all forms of circus art. The 4200m² of space make it possible to welcome a large audience.
A restaurant bar area is located at the marquee entrance for visitors. In 2013, la Villette built the Chapithotel, to lodge circus companies in residence or simply on tour.