From Marseille to Copenhagen, from Casablanca to Tunis, from Camargue to Seoul, we looked for distant places like suburbs, construction sites, rooftops, dead ends… and we asked ourselves : how can we link people and the city? one to another? what is so special about cities? what can they say about other cities? what is the same between them? Here, it is through the body of the dancer, through this body alone, that we tried to observe the city: how the city is changing and what it can reveal, how each of the places can become a character itself. Each solo is filmed, in every city, and the dance is the only thing that is common in all of these films. We collected many images, sounds and videos to create this show.
Different forms are born from this collection:
• Detail#1: dance filmed in situ (4 dancers, 1 city, 2 cameras, 1 photographer)
• Detail#2: installation video installation for all kind of covered spaces (market halls, halles, warehouses…) + performances when it’s possible
• Detail#3: danced performance, sound, videos/photos with the public sitting in the middle spectacle danse, for all kind of covered spaces (including theatres)
• Detail#4: outdoor performance, with possibly projected images (in 2013)
Detail #3 [created at the National Center of Dance in Paris, February 2012]
Dance, sounds and images from all over the world are sharing the stage: solo for the inside are looking for duos and more; images are projected on the walls and become interpreters themselves so you can see the dances in their original places; sounds and music are played through material which are directly handled by the interpreters on stage.
The audience is sitting on the center of the stage, while dancers and images are oustide of the circle, on the walls: this work is a panorama, a travel book, a movie montage. Apparemment, ce qui ne se voit pas is a protean show, as it adapted itself to every place.
> Look at the video from RLHD.TV, or Laurent Philippe photographs…
« The off-screen of an image is usually more powerful than the image itself. It is where the individual imagination can appear… EX NIHILO urban experimentation questions in vivo this idea of another simultaneous space where you can project your own mind. By superimposing their route to the ones of the passers-by, the dancers disrupt the places and the moment. They mix the notions of screen and off-screen, they force to see things differently and to put ourself on stage. These dances are born in the streets but they are very strong on stage. Here, the experience becomes the subject, the moment becomes the object, the street becomes the setting and the presences get stronger because the stage is actually more hostile than the street… »
Production: Ex Nihilo
Co-production: National Ballet of Marseille; Copenhague International Theatre/Metropolis Festival (Denmark); Les Ateliers Frappaz/Street art Center - Villeurbanne; Center of Choreographic Development - CDC of the Val-de-Marne; Tridanse (3bisF, Le Citron Jaune and le Vélo Théâtre); 2 Angles - Local cultural relay; French Institute of coopération/French Ambassy in Tunisia; Fondation Beaumarchais/SACD; Centre National de la Danse et KLAP Maison pour la danse à Marseille
Partners: La Source du Lion, Casamémoire, association Commune et AR2D-Meryem Jazouli à Casablanca; Musaq et Théâtre Dar Ben Abdallah à Tunis
Supported by: the French Institute & the French Intsitute/City of Marseille