compagnie exnihilo

The company

Ex Nihilo is a company that we direct around a shared desire: to regard public space as the work place and the site for our shows. Public space that we understand in all its richness and dimensions: spatial, historical, social, poetic… public space, quite simply as the other place for art? Each of our choreographies is envisaged in situ and is strongly linked to the space in which it will be shown. The specific history of the site, the relationships that exist there, its atmosphere, all this “enriches” our writings, nourish the scenario and the set design of each one of them. We call these encounters with such places: Amalgame(s). Both performances and research, impregnated with feeling – ‘amal ‘al gam, the work of union, in Arabic – some of these encounters have formed shows that now figure in the company’s repertoire and are re-built every time they are shown… Others remain performances linked uniquely to a specific location.

A street, a wall for La plus belle heure, a beach at low tide for Loin de là, a village square for Salida, the district of Belsunce for Projet Passants, the Frioul islands off the coast of Marseilles for Quarantaine, the crowd and the individual for Trajets de Vie, Trajets de Ville… For every new creation we query its relationship with the public, playing on the numerous details of proximity and of distance, attempting upheaval always to completely change our position, that of the spectator and his way of seeing at the same time. But we like also to cross over some boundaries and continue our research on stage – inside: the interplay, the swing from one place for art to another, the interplay between the public arena and the stage is a distinctive feature of our approach.

The dance of Ex Nihilo develops the relationship between the dancers and their awareness of each other. It is a physical dance, reactionary, spontaneous. Movement is declared as being a way of “taking” a territory, or rather, the dancers borrow a space for the duration of the work or a show – a light, ephemeral appropriation which never excludes the “other”, the passer-by, the spectator, the citizen. A spontaneous dance, but written with purpose – logical: here we are presenting you our creations, raw material of our work, critical texts – a multitude of fragments to facilitate the understanding of our approach and that which makes us dance.

Anne Le Batard and Jean-Antoine Bigot

Ex Nihilo comparte un mismo objetivo: considera los espacios urbanos como lugares de trabajo para el diseño y realización de sus espectáculos. Un espacio público comprendido en todas sus dimensiones y riquezas: especiales, históricas, sociales y poéticas.

Cada una de sus creaciones se realiza in situ y permanece vinculada al espacio. La historia específica del lugar, las relaciones que se establecen en él, la atmósfera… Todo enriquece la escritura, alimenta la creación y el diseño de la actuación. Ex Nihilo denomina a este encuentro con los espacios urbanos “amalgama”, pues la concepción del espectáculo y la actuación están íntimamente ligadas la una a la otra.

La danza de Ex Nihilo desarrolla, además, una relación entre el bailarín, como actor individual, y la toma de conciencia del otro. Es una danza física de reacción, espontánea pero escrita con un propósito lógico. El movimiento es una forma de conquistar un territorio o, mejor, los bailarines toman prestado el espacio durante la duración de su trabajo. Una ligera y efímera apropiación que no excluye a los otros, a los paseantes, al espectador, al ciudadano.

Ex Nihilo is subsidized by the Ministry of Culture and Communication/DRAC-PACA, the City of Marseille, the General Council of Bouches-du-Rhône, the Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, CULTURESFRANCE, the ADAMI, the Spedidam and the SACD.

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