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DANCE — “What if a medieval breath blew through our lips?”

"In French slang, soufflette means blowing the smoke from one person's mouth back into another's. This is an intimate act during which one shares the most essential and yet ungraspable part of our existence: the air that keeps us alive and makes us high. Soufflette is an exchange of air throughout the centuries."

In twilight, shapes dressed in large woolen costumes appear. These characters throw themselves into rhytmic rituals and songs of praise. The dancers sing polyphonically as they stumble, stand on their heads, dance together and alone before finding each other and becoming their own cult, creating the foundation for a flourishing final. 

In Soufflette Paris-based choreographer François Chaignaud creates together with fourteen dancers a musical journey that breathes life into the medieval traditions. The performance unfolds like an intoxicating midsummer party celebration full of life, singing and dancing delight. 

In Soufflette we participate in a musical journey that breathes life into the medieval traditions. The performance unfolds like an intoxicating midsummer party celebration full of life, singing and dancing delight.

 

 

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CREDITS
Concept and choreography
: François Chaignaud
Co-produced with: Festspillene i Bergen
Set design: Romain Brau
Lighting design: Abigail Fowler
Costume design: Romain Brau
Composition and arrangement: Jostein Gundersen
Dance: Ole Martin Meland, Mathias Stoltenberg, Caroline Eckly, Dawid Lorenc, Noam Eidelman Shatil, Daniel Mariblanca, Olha Stetsyuk, Adrian Bartczak, Irene Vesterhus Theisen, Harald Beharie, Timothy Bartlett, Aslak Aune Nygård, Chihiro Araki, Anne Lise Rønne

ART HAPPENS and Le Trait d'Union are working together on the touring of Soufflette de François Chaignaud.