compagnie exnihilo

Trajets de Vie Trajets de Ville

A performance for 4 dancers | 2 hrs | A choreography for 10 dancers and a musician | 55 mins | outside

The Trajets de Vie are offered to you on public benches. It isn’t a show but an invitation to be taken up to observe the dance of these people, alone on their bench, exposed, aware of the coming and going. Their dance is the expression of their story, their wait, of these moments suspended in the pulsating rhythm of the town. You will find the very same people and then others at the end of the day in a public area. Solitary walks, the never-ending and anonymous crossing of citizens who come together, wander away or meet as one body. The ruptures, shocks, embraces and surges will bring that sensitive crowd to a fragile balance, reactive and vibrating, hostile and friendly… some Trajets de Ville.

« Trajets de Vie : on benches, or all around, in the middle of the passage of the pedestrians, the cars, the buses, four solitudes sketch a sometimes acrobatic gesticulation, sometimes at the edge of the invisible : poetic gasps where the crackling of a radio will go out of a basket, where sheets of newspapers will stick on the face as a braggart’s mask, where colored capsules of bottle scatter as a rain of childhood. Trajets de Ville constitutes the other hillside. A hostility charges the atmosphere. An immense inhuman space widens in this crowd where the men, the women, cross themselves without seeing each other, by ignoring. Worse still : they crowd, collide, assault, either the love bursts. Duets come out hardly : fragments of a virile fight or a friendship, a sensualism and a rivalry mixed in a tango souvenir ? This is the opposite of all for which we could expect from a contemporary show (nothing of hightech, any video, just this old rock tone, and these old bodies which are ours, close to the deterioration), but who so speak to us about what we are today. »
Paul-Emmanuel Odin

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Our project was supported by IN SITU/European network for artistic creation in public areas. A specific version has been created in this context (seven dancers, coming from different european countries, play Trajets de Ville with the ten Ex Nihilo dancers and a local musician is invited to play live with our musician).

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Cuando realizamos Trajets de Vie, Trajets de Ville investigamos un distrito, un zona particular de una ciudad. El espectáculo tiene dos partes :

Trajets de Vie… durante las horas más reposadas del día realizamos una ocupación inusual de diversos elementos urbanos. El público se tropieza accidentalmente con el espectáculo mientras pasea : el encuentro con el espectáculo se lleva a cabo de una forma no planificada e informal. Mientras las personas caminan por la ciudad verán que diversos elementos habituales, como un banco, cobran vida ante él y detendrán, por un momento, su actividad cotidiana.

Trajets de Ville… la calma deja paso a una frenética actividad, el día acaba y un grupo de bailarines ocupa una plaza central de la ciudad y deambula arriba y abajo, mirándose así mismo, interactuando con el otro. El grupo cuchichea y se sumerge en un constante alboroto, moviéndose en una especie de trance, girando en círculos, sumergiéndose en el remolino. El grupo de bailarines se enreda en sí mismo. No hay acciones individuales que quiebren el equilibrio : todos están inmersos en un estado permanente de emergencia.

Choreography Anne Le Batard and Jean-Antoine Bigot

Dancers Trajets de vie : Anne Le Batard, Jean-Antoine Bigot, Corinne Pontana, Rolando Rocha Music : Yves Miara

Dancers Trajets de ville : Jean-Antoine Bigot, Lisa Da Boit, Emmanuelle Duc, Jean-Marc Fillet, Anne Le Batard, Sasker Polman, Corinne Pontana, Anne Reymann, Rolando Rocha et Thomas Demay

Music Pascal Ferrari/Thomas Barrière

Costumes Julia Didier

Coproductions : In Situ/European network for artistic creation in public areas, financed with the help of the European Commission (programme Culture 2000), 3 Centres nationaux des Arts de la rue : L’Atelier 231/Sotteville-lès-Rouen, L’Abattoir/Chalon-sur-Saône et Pronomade(s)/Encausse-les-Thermes, Théâtre Huis a/d Werf/Utrecht (Netherlands), CCN de Rillieux-la-Pape/Cie Maguy Marin/studio-residence 2006, CCN de Caen/Cie Fattoumi-Lamoureux/studio-residence 2006, Association la Fonderie/Blangy-sur-Bresle

Supported by : L’Usine and Tournefeuille, Festival Mes de Dansa/La Espiral/Seville (Spain), Cie Kelemenis/Marseilles

And the Ministère de la culture/Drac Paca, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region, Bouches-du-Rhône Department, Town of Marseilles, CULTURESFRANCE, ADAMI et SACD.

Shown at Festival a/d Werf, Utrecht (Netherlands) ; Festival Vivacité, Sotteville-lès-Rouen ; Festival Des pieds et des mains, Lons-le-Saunier ; Festival Chalon dans la rue, Chalon-sur-Saône ; Festival La Strada, Graz (Austria) ; Merchant City Festival, Glasgow (Scotland ; L’Usine–Tournefeuille, Launaguet, Cugneaux and Toulouse) ; Festival des Antipodes, Brest ; Valladolid, Festival TAC ; Festival Awaln’art Marrakech ; Hanmadang Festival, South Korea…

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