Creative research laboratory - Lyon
Theater / Dance / Circus / Music
de création artistique – Lyon
21, 22 and 23 January
A performance that is testimony to the body’s memory, resistance, strain, and isolation. Its enveloping choreography and sound explore both the ancient gestures of weaving and the physical strain of confinement.
“Longing is the log of a long-distance journey where East meets West, imaginary worlds and their leitmotifs become landscapes that constantly shift between patience and disquiet, and the climate varies from continental to mountain to desert to oceanic and celestial. . . . The weaver is a stationary horseman resting his feet in the stirrups and straddling a tin horse. The Berber women weavers called the fabric’s threads their soul. It is they who, entwined in the chain, weave the fabric. At the same time, the gesture of uniting the thread and the chain reminds us that it symbolizes the social bond. It is not the same as sacrifice which, when performed, contradicts its meaning, dividing to unite, whereas weaving constantly unites to unite. . . . The choreography overlaps a series of amputated gestures stolen from the weaver’s art, a metaphor for the concept of being together, of bringing together certain gestures observed among prisoners. . . . Longing is the quest to put an end to the “great muddle” of liberated bodies and alienated, disjointed bodies. The internal music echoes dances that are far away in time and archaic, that oscillate between rocky terrains where the calm of the Mediterranean counters the power of the Atlantic Ocean. Writing the body takes work, like a tapestry in which the patterns are woven and unwoven, unravel and come untied, in an obsessive, dazzling calculus.”
Direction, conception : Alexandre Roccoli
Danse : Malika Djardi
Musique, composition : Benoist Bouvot
Tissage lumière : Simon Krahl
Vidéo : Alexandre Roccoli et Simon Krahl
Montage : Simon Krahl
Partenaires : Les Subsistances – Lyon, DRAC Rhône-Alpes, Ville de Lyon, Région Rhône-Alpes, Institut français Paris, Fondation dar al Mamûn (Marrakech), Micadanses, Centre National de la Danse, CDC Toulouse.