Xavier Veilhan & Stephen Thompson

Compulsory Figures
Dance / Performance / Creation

A special version of this piece was presented at the Fête des Lumières after a residency at Les Subsistances.

A big name on the international arts scene, Xavier Veilhan is building a pluridisciplinary body of work containing surprising, joyful incursions into the performing arts. Compulsory Figures is a spectacular installation with a skating rink, video-sound-light system, and virtuoso skater. On the ice, the dancer and skater Stephen Thompson revives this former Olympic discipline. Like an archaeologist of movement, he breathes new life into the very technical, precise “imposed figures” that consisted of repeatedly scratching the same circular form into the ice. Over the course of the performance, these tableaux come to life to orchestrate a complete experience at the heart of movement.


& also:

  • Special workshop on the ice with Stephen Thompson based on Compulsory Figures (Saturday 7 December 2019 at 10:30)
  • Screening of selected films by Xavier Veilhan on the esplanade (from Thursday 5 to Sunday 8 December, from 17:00 to 22:00)
  • Special evening with Maud Geffray (Saturday 7 December at 21:00)



Performance of Xavier Veilhan with Stephen Thompson, performer, dancer and skater
Audiovisual Documentary Artist: Isabelle Coursin-Cantet
Music tip: Maud Geffray
Musical composition: Alva Noto (subject)
Scenography: Alexis Bertrand
Luminous device: Benoît Deseille

production, distribution: lebeau & associés

Co-production: Subsistances; La Villette; National Theater of Brittany; Espace Malraux – National Scene of Chambéry and Savoie as part of the European project Corpo Links Cluster

With the support of: The Hermès Corporate Foundation as part of its New Settings program; The Canada Council for the Arts