THIS IS NOT (an act of love and resistance)

2022

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THIS IS NOT (an act of love & resistance) is a musical and choreographic piece for nine performers, including four brass instrument musicians and five dancers.
Together, they invoke different imaginations around air, through dance, music and the rhythm of speech.

How do we generate energy through this element and what does it mean to breathe together today?
If air were a harbinger of things to come, what imaginations and representations of the future would result from it?

Here, air is imagined as a container of traces and resonances, an element of interdependence of bodies, a canvas to create a choreographic mesh.
The traces that sounds and movements leave in the air become material to compose multiple fictions. THIS IS NOT (an act of love & resistance) is a cyclical piece built with common and singular trajectories, correspondences, breaks and polyrhythms.

In this piece the bodies pulsate, insist and repeat like the act of breathing itself.
The group perseveres and creates invisible links through the air with the plastic, luminous and sound environment. The latter consists of a hybrid music composed of acoustic sounds inspired by Brass Bands and electronic atmospheres.

Here, we become workers of the air, we mobilize it in the same way that it mobilizes us, we create invisible currents, whirlpools and falls.
We become extensions of the other, projections of ourselves.
We become archaic futures.

-Extract-

SI

ICI
L’AIR EST NOIR-ARGENT

ICI
L’AIR EST ANCIEN

ET SI NOUS ENTRONS EN COMPOSITION
ET SI NOUS ENTRONS EN COMPOSITION
ET SI NOUS DEVENIONS DES « POUMONAUTES »
ET SI NOUS AVIONS NOTRE VENTRE DANS NOS PIEDS
NOS POUMONS DANS L’AIR
NOS YEUX DANS LA PEAU

In his book Breath, James Nestor uses the term “POUMONAUTES” to describe people from different eras and cultures who, like him, were fascinated by everything to do with breathing.

DESIGN & ARTISTIC DIRECTION: Aina Alegre
WITH: Maria Astallé, Maria Cofan, Cosima Grand, Hanna Hedman, Kotomi Nishiwaki, Maria Puertas, Gwendal Raymond, Julia Soler, Asha Thomas
LIGHT CREATION: Jan Fedinger
ELECTROACOUSTIC MUSIC COMPOSITION: Josep Tutusaus
SOUND SPACE CREATION: Vanessa Court
COSTUMES DESIGN: Andrea Otin
ARTISTIC & DRAMAATURGICAL ACCOMPANIMENT: Quim Bigas
ARTISTIC ASSISTANTS: Yannick Hugron & Aniol Busquets
GENERAL MANAGEMENT: Juliette Rudent-Gili
MUSIC: Better Future Blues by Enric Alegre and Liberty Funeral March by Liberty Brass Band
DISTRIBUTION: Colette Siri
CREATION PRODUCTION: Claire Nollez, Romain Courault, Clémence Padou
SPECIAL THANKS to Enric Alegre, whose track Better Future Blues accompanied the creation from start to finish, and to Pere Jou & Elsa Dumontel.
Photo credits opening & gallery : Alice Brazzit & Phile Deprez 
PRODUCTION: STUDIO FICTIF
PRODUCTION DÉLÉGUÉE: Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble
CO-PRODUCERS & PARTNERS: December Dance (Cultuurcentrum and Concertgebouw Brugge), Belgium; Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona – associate artist 2022 & 2023; Festival Grec, Barcelona; La Rose des Vents, Scène nationale Lille Métropole Villeneuve d’Ascq; le Manège scène nationale de Maubeuge; La Place de la Danse CDCN Toulouse Occitanie ; La Briqueterie CDCN du Val-de-Marne ; Théâtre et cinéma de Choisy-le-Roi Scène conventionnée ; Theater Freiburg, Germany ; Fonds Transfabrik – Fonds franco-allemand pour le spectacle vivant ; Atelier de Paris / CDCN
WITH THE SUPPORT OF : Mécénat de la Caisse des Dépôts ; DRAC Île-de-France ; Département du Val de Marne ; la Région Île-de-France ; Adami, organization for the collective management of performers’ rights: rights management, financial support for projects, advocacy and career guidance ; Fonds SACD musique de scène ; CNDC d’Angers

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DANSER CANAL HISTORIQUE

L’air entre dans nos corps et en sort en permanence. Sans partir sur une piste directement écologiste, je veux ici parler de l’air comme générateur d’énergie, d’efforts continuels à travers la respiration et d’un rapport au monde non fataliste. Cette pièce a aussi pour thème la résistance et la persévérance.

THOMAS HAHN

SCENE WEB 

Un horizon qui imprime profondément la rétine. Une planète orange qui perce un ciel bleu radioactif. Des souffles emplissent la salle et croisent des cuivres languissants.(…) A la fois captivants et apaisants, ils nous plongent dans un état de conscience modifié, comme pour nous exhorter à expérimenter de nouvelles manières d’être.

BELINDA MATHIEU

L’OEIL D’OLIVIER

Toujours en mouvement, jamais à l’arrêt, les séquences s’enchaînent et invitent à un voyage à travers différents univers, différentes dimensions. D’un monde extraterrestre, dont on perçoit les vrombissements d’un vaisseau, à un soir de carnaval à la Nouvelle Orléans (…).

OLIVIER FRÉGAVILLE-GRATIAN D’AMORE 
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