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Creative research laboratory - Lyon
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Les subsistances

Laboratoire international
de création artistique – Lyon

Archives - Saison 2014 - 2015

Maud Le Pladec & Okwui Okpokwasili


From 27 to 31 January

Création  Dance


A lover of contemporary music, Maud Le Pladec has been invited to the Aire de jeu festival for the third time, and she has asked Okwui Okpokwasili, the remarkable Nigerian-American performance artist, to choreograph along with her. Together they are writing Hunted: “an incantation or performance-like ritual where the issues of address, fiction and memory are raised. The music is neither a support for nor the subject-object of the research, but a partner with which Okwui converses” to transform the hunt into “dance: between hunger and satiety, fear and ruse, submission and resistance.”
The artists have selected Kalevi Aho’s Black Birds – a piece for accordion, an instrument that has long been associated with the devil – as Hunted’s central theme. Hunted draws on the subject of witchcraft, seen here as “the incarnation of a world of women that capitalism is trying to destroy: the heretic, the warrior, the disobedient woman, the woman who dares to live alone.”

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As a prelude, CNSMD students play Kalevi Aho

Pauline Lorieux, contrebasse
Vincent Roess, percussions
Avant la nuit pour contrebasse et percussions


Conception : Maud Le Pladec, Okwui Okpokwasili
Textes, chansons, interprétation : Okwui Okpokwasili
Lumière : Nicolas Marc
Costume : Alexandra Bertaut
Répétition voix : Dalila Khatir
Musiciens live : Jean-Etienne Sotty, Fanny Vicens
Sur une musique de : Kalevi Aho
Sonata for 2 accordions II, Prelude and fugue ; Accordion sonata n 2, black birds, I « birds of light » ; Accordion sonata n 2, birds of the night, II, « birds of the night » ; Accordion sonata n 2, black birds, IV, « birds of desolation » ; Accordion sonata n 2, black birds, V, « black birds ».

Production : Léda
Coproduction, création et résidence : commande des Subsistances pour le festival Aire de jeu.

Avec le soutien : du Ministère de la culture – DRAC Bretagne au titre des compagnies conventionnées, de la Région Bretagne, de la Ville de Rennes.
Remerciements au Musée de la danse – CCN de Rennes et de Bretagne pour le prêt de studio.

Pour cette création, Maud Le Pladec et Okwui Okpokwasili sont accueillies en résidence aux Subsistances en janvier 2015.


Maud Le Pladec trained in contemporary dance in 1999, joining the ex.er.ce formation at the CCN in Montpellier. She has worked with Takiko Iwabuchi, Guillermo Bothello, Patricia Kuypers, Boris Charmatz, etc. Les Subsistances invited her to previous editions of the Aire de jeu festival to create pieces based on the work of composers David Lang (2012) and Julia Wolfe (2013).

A graduate of Yale University, Okwui Okpokwasili is a pluridisciplinary artist. A choreographer, writer and performance artist whose work lies at the crossroads of theater, dance, and installation, she has worked with Ralph Lemon for several years. In 2013 she took part in MIRIAM, by Nora Chipaumire, at Les Subsistances.

Around the show


Atelier animé par Maud Le Pladec suivit d’un brunch maison.
Samedi 31 janvier 10h30 – 12h30
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Écoutez l’œuvre de Kalevi Aho à l’Auditorium de Lyon.
Dimanche 1er février à 16h
Tarifs / Réservation : de 8 à 16 € / Billetterie : 04 78 95 95 95
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Dates & horaires

Tue 27 January 2015 / 21:00

Wed 28 January 2015 / 21:00

Thu 29 January 2015 / 19:30

Fri 30 January 2015 / 19:00

Sat 31 January 2015 / 20:00

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