CREATION FESTIVAL MONTPELLIER DANSE 2013 — The rich and complex challenges and questions raised by altered Natives’ Say Yes To Antother Excess - TWERK (a piece for 5 dancers and 2 DJs created with Cecilia Bengolea in September 2012) led me to conceive the antidote. After several years of collaborative work (with Cecilia Bengolea, but also Marie-‐Caroline Hominal, Jérôme Marin, Benjamin Dukhan, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Trajal Harrell), I feel the need to throw myself into a solo. Not as a self-‐indulgent act, but rather as the experimentation of a specific dynamic ecosystem, favourable to a certain type of inventions and gestures.
I am dreaming of this piece as a remedy. A remedy from the rituals of Western theatre, its frontality, its strict temporality, its relationship to power. Therefore, we will be performing within a closed space, without wings or sets. Close to one another. Limited in number. All on the same level, no risers, no fourth wall. Withinthese conditions, one can choose one’s own viewing hour, as the show will take place several times per day – like a movie theatre schedule or street theatre performance loop. We will take advantage of this intimacy, of this proximity, of this enclosure to enjoy a spectrum of delicacies and outrageous acts. This would feel a little like the style of theyyam dances in Malabar, where the dancers, in wondrous, monumental costumes transform into gods and are also brought closer to the men and women gathered to watch and solicit them.
Driven by the bewitching rhythms of Ukrainian, Philippine, or Sephardic music, I imagine this multi-lingual recital captured within a costume-sculpture by Romain Brau as a sinuous mix of dance, of song…and of liquors.
Design and performance : François Chaignaud
Costumes : Romain Brau
Lighting: Philippe Gladieux
Stage manager: Anthony Merlaud
Music consultant: Jérôme Marin
Adaptations / vocal coach: Antoine Bernollin
Sound mix: Jean-Michel Olivares
Acknowledgments: Viktor Ruban, Cecilia Bengolea, Christelle Hano, Philippe Laboual, Philippe Blanc, Pascal Quéneau
Production: Vlovajob Pru
Coproduction: Festival Montpellier Danse, Festival d’Automne Paris, Centre de développement chorégraphique Toulouse/Midi-Pyrénées, Gessnerallee Zürich, deSingel Anvers, Ménagerie de Verre Paris