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DANCE / PERFORMANCE — “Yet we dance, because this is, after all, what we are fighting for: this life, these bodies, breasts, wombs, this smell of flesh; this joy, this freedom – that it continue, that it prevail.” Starhawk, Dreaming the Dark

Following Affordable Solution for Better Living – a genuine domestic drama in which a man builds up his male identity by assembling an Ikea bookshelf – Steven Michel and Théo Mercier continue to explore gender, biopower and domesticity with BIG SISTERS. The play was conceived and designed for four dancers aged 23 to 65, including Laura Belgrano, Lili Buvat, Marie de Corte and Mimi Wascher. Envisioned like an experimental film, BIG SISTERS is a performance act unfolding like a filmic and kaleidoscopic take on women and their representations, juxtaposing fragments of self- portraits, staged portraits, science fiction and historical reenactments.
By turns ghosts, spaceships, captains, missiles and planets, the bodies of the four women are time-travel capsules. Through those political and poetic bodies engaged in a thousand-year-old liberation war, BIG SISTERS also attempts to shed light on the complex choreography of perspectives, fantasies and projections at play in the dramatizing of female bodies.
In the modern kitchen, under the moon of a great Sabbath, in damp woods or inside cybernetic networks, BIG SISTERS wavers between bloody battle, festive ritual and gleeful celebration of vital energy, encouraging everyone to acknowledge their own power and wield it.

Théo Mercier and Steven Michel, September 2019






Concept, choreography and set design: Théo Mercier, Steven Michel
With: Laura Belgrano, Lili Buvat, Marie de Corte & Mimi Wascher
Text: Jonathan Drillet
Artistic collaboration: Jonathan Drillet
Sound design: Pierre Desprats
Lights design: Eric Soyer
Costumes: Valérie Hellebaut
Couture collaboration: Pauline Jakobiak
Video design: Thomas James
Make-up and special effects: Eric Ducron & Stéphane Chauvet
Make-up: Laurence Echevarria Mulens
Collaboration painting: Marie Maresca
Prosthesis design: Jean-Christophe Spadaccini, Denis Gasou, Pierre Parry, Kazuhito Kimura
Stage management: François Boulet
Sound management: Etienne Nicolas

Executive production: Nanterre-Amandiers, Centre dramatique national
With the support of Fondation d’entreprise Hermès within the New Settings programme

Coproduction: Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy, Maison de la Culture d’Amiens, C-TAKT - platform transdisciplinair talent, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, Théâtre Saint-Gervais, Geneva, La Soufflerie - Rezé

With the support of: La Région Ile-de-France; Forum Culturel Autrichien; La Ménagerie de Verre (reception in residence); apap – Performing Europe 2020 - with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union; SPEDIDAM: SPEDIDAM is a collection and distribution company that manages the rights of performers to record, broadcast and reuse recorded performances