LE JOUR DE LA BÊTE

2017

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LE JOUR DE LA BÊTE (THE DAY OF THE BEAST), a group portrait, is a project born of my observation over the years of the practice of castells (human towers), a cultural event that takes place in several Mediterranean cities.

These human towers are multi-storey architectures and constructions created by a multitude of people. This spectacular festival and practice is the representation of a living monument that could answer the question of self-representation and self-celebration of communities. With these questions as a starting point, I wanted to explore the idea of the festive ritual as a living organism in this piece for 5 dancers, and to draw choreographic material from the various rituals that communities invent to gather and celebrate themselves. What gestures, physical energies and collective acts do we create to find common spaces? to invent celebratory rituals?

Spatial configurations and movements inspired by popular festivals such as certain Mediterranean celebrations, but also carnivals and other contemporary collective events, rhythm and breath are the driving forces behind this ephemeral community built around different polyphonies and polyrhythms carried by voice and body.

LE JOUR DE LA BÊTE (THE DAY OF THE BEAST) depicts the organic, “on-sight” development of a group, its emergence and advent, and questions the notion of festive ritual as a place for gathering, sharing energy and empathy, but also as a space for purgation.

CONCEPTION: Aina Alegre
INTERPRETATION: Teresa Acevedo, Aina Alegre, Aniol Busquets, Charlie Fouchier, Cosima Grand
SOUND CREATION: Romain Mercier
LIGHT CREATION: Pascal Chassan
COSTUMES: in collaboration with Astrid Cadoz
SETTING: in collaboration with Pascal Chassan
COSTUMES MAKING: Aurélie Noblé
ARTISTIC CONSULTANT: Quim Bigas, Isabelle Catalan, Chiara Gallerani
GENERAL MANAGEMENT: Guillaume Olmeta
LIGHTING MANAGEMENT: Marinette Buchy
PRODUCTION & DISTRIBUTION: Ryan Kernoa & Claire Nollez
Opening photo credits: Patrick Berger
Gallery photo credits (in order of appearance): Patrick Berger, Laurent Pailler
PRODUCTION : STUDIO FICTIF
CO-PRODUCERS : Atelier de Paris CDCN ; La Place de la Danse CDCN Toulouse / Occitanie ; L’échangeur CDCN Hauts- de-France ; Format Danse-Ardèche ; Centre, Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie dans le cadre de l’accueil- studio-Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication ; Théâtre de Vanves scène conventionnée d’intérêt national art et création pour la danse et les écritures contemporaines à travers les arts
SUPPORT: Vivat d’Armentières-scène conventionnée danse et théâtre; d’Arcadi-Île-de-France; de la DRAC Île-de-France au titre de l’aide au projet chorégraphique. This show was supported from September 2018 to August 2021 by the Charter of assistance to the diffusion signed by Onda, Arcadi Île-de-France, Culture O Centre, OARA, ODIA Normandie, Réseau en scène – Languedoc-Roussillon and Spectacle Vivant en Bretagne

MA CULTURE

Interview with Aina Alegre: Envisioning dance as a gathering space.

WILSON LE PERSONIC

DANSER CANAL HISTORIQUE

THE DAY OF THE BEAST by Aina Alegre builds a bridge between ancestral rites, current popular festivals and contemporary life, around the castells, Catalan human pyramids. Aina Alegre talks about the cultural sources and the choreographic material of this new creation.

THOMAS HAHN

DANSER CANAL HISTORIQUE

La chorégraphe catalane enfourche les puissances qui soulèvent les fêtes populaires de son pays.

GERARD MAYEN

PRESS REVIEW

WILSON LE PERSONNIC — NOVEMBER 2018

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THOMAS HAHN — 2017

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DANSER CANAL HISTORIQUE

GÉRARD MAYEN — 2017

« LE JOUR DE LA BÊTE » D’AINA ALEGRE

DANSER CANAL HISTORIQUE

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