Les subsistances

Creative research laboratory - Lyon
Theater / Dance / Circus / Music

Les subsistances

Laboratoire international
de création artistique – Lyon

Archives - Saison 2013 - 2014

Empty picture or the working class’s painful memory

Alexandre Roccoli / A Short Term Effect

From 14 to 17 novembre

Création  Dance


Theme: Let’s get to work!

For this creation, Alexandre Roccoli has gone back to his roots. His father was a miner; his father’s body, marked by repetitive gestures, carries within it his savoir-faire.

Can his gestures be preserved—a subject of memory and resistance, even dance? That’s what Empty Picture tries to do: to pass on the memory of workers’ gestures, to turn them into a liberating, trance-like dance.

Alexandre Roccoli conducted a series of interviews with miners and factory workers, then worked with krump dancers until the dancers bodies absorbed the workers’ gestures. The dancers repeat the movements they’re shown, slipping into and out of and transforming them, becoming the machines of the past and present.


Choregraphy : Alexandre Roccoli
: Mehdi Berkouki, Ghyslaine Gau
: Benoist Beauvot et Vincent Carpentier
Set disign – lighting
: Séverine Rième


A Short Term Effect puts pluridisciplinary formats first. Whether solo or collective, the projects Alexandre Roccoli has led in France, the United States (New York) and Europe (Brussels, Berlin) blend languages of sound, sight and dance.

Alexandre Roccoli is a dancer and choreographer who trained at the Centre Chorégraphique in Montpellier and was an actor in the Théâtre du Soleil. He lived in Berlin for ten years and worked with a number of artists there. At Les Subsistances, he created Ersatz (2005), A Short Term Effect (2006), and Last Last (2008), then co-signed Drama per Musica with Séverine Rième (2011) and Others Worlds with Jeff Mills (a creation of the Vasarelli Marseille 13 Foundation, on tour starting in November 2013).

Mehdi Berbouki : Med is a masked character educated in the school of hard knocks. Med-land is this character’s political and poetic world.Beyond gender categories and the traditional masculine/feminine conception, his enigmatic, silky voice seems a harbinger of what this young artist will be bringing to the artistic, dance and visual arts scene: a future full of a new, free and demanding gender.

Ghyslaine Gau : After studying music and dance at ENM in Cergy-Pontoise, Ghyslaine Gau joined the Centre Chorégraphique National in Montpellier in 1994. Since 1998 she has danced with Les gens du quai. With Femmeuses by Cécile Proust, she incorporates feminism-related issues into her artistic concerns. Her first choreographic work, Rose revolver (2007), will be performed at a festival in Scotland focusing on women’s and children’s rights.


Around the show

Saturday 16 november 10:30

Does work have a gender ? 
With Serge Hefez (FR) and Margaret Maruani (FR).

Study Day
Bodies at work : workplace gestures as artistic movement
With Agathe Dumont, Flore Garcin-Marrou, Bérénice Hamidi-Kim, Ariane Martinez, Claudia Palazzolo, Vincent Rafis, Armelle Talbot.

+++ After au Lavoir public
Existentialist striptease-Bare-all interviews
Sunday 17 november 21:30



8€ for everyone (same price for everyone all year)

Dates & horaires

Thu 14 November 2013 / 22:00

Fri 15 November 2013 / 19:00

Sat 16 November 2013 / 17:30

Sun 17 November 2013 / 16:00


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