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Mettre en pièce(s)

A performance by Vincent Dupont (New Settings #6)

Mettre en pièce(s) is open to multiple interpretations: the performers’ bodies are integrated into the volume of the installation, and potentially constrained by it, too.  Choreographer Vincent Dupont presents a dance form under constraint, exploring the body’s engagement with the space of the stage. 

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Mettre en pièce(s)
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Mettre en pièce(s) reaches back to the origins of Western theatre, with the aim of leading the medium of dance to a place often discounted and forgotten. For French choreographer Vincent Dupont, this necessity presupposes a commitment: this is the often violent choice explored through his performers’ bodies.

On stage, the cast of six is dominated by around fifty globes suspended from a mobile ceiling. The set redefines the space, interacting with the dancers’ movements to the point of constraint and initiating a struggle for the mastery of the performance space, to prevent the bodies from becoming submerged in the spheres. ‘An implacable machine,’ says Dupont. ‘The dancers’ powerful engagement is the only force capable of containing it and shattering its dominance.’ 

Vincent Dupont seeks a dance vocabulary that ‘tests the gulf that often separates words and actions’. With this in mind, insistence is the core of this work, in the tireless repetition of the same sequences. The accumulated energy allows movement to burst free from the flux. Thus each performer is free to deploy his or her own ritual in order, perhaps, to Mettre en pièce(s) (‘shatter to pieces’) things that seemed conventional until now. This new work, created in 2016, is part of New Settings #6 from the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, which supports its production and staging at the Théâtre des Abbesses in Paris.

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Théâtre des Abbesses
Tuesday, November 15 to Saturday, November 19, 2016, at 8.30 p.m.


Conception  Vincent Dupont • Text Outrage au public by Peter Handke (extracts) – translation by Jean Torrent • Sound  Maxime Fabre • Light  Yves Godin • Costumes conception  Eric Martin • Costumes making Laurence Alquier, François Blaizot • Set  Vincent Dupont et Sylvain Giraudeau • Set building  Sylvain Giraudeau, Jean-Christophe Minart, Adèle Perwuelz • Voice coach  Valérie Joly • Artistic collaborator  Myriam Lebreton • With  Clément Aubert, Raphaël Dupin, Ariane Guitton, Nanyadji Ka-Gara, Aline Landreau, Nele Suisalu

Production   J’y pense souvent (…) • With the support of  the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès as part of New Settings #6 • Co-production   ICI --- CCN Montpellier - Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée / directed by Christian Rizzo - Théâtre de la Ville - Paris --- Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen, Normandy, (host studio/ Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication) --- Centre Chorégraphique National de Tours, directed by Thomas Lebrun (host studio) --- CDC Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson --- Escales Danse in the department of Val d'Oise • With the support of  the Théâtre La Vignette, Université Paul Valéry - Montpellier --- the ADAMI --- the SPEDIDAM --- the ESTBA professional training fund, financed by the Aquitaine regional council • Thanks   Pierre Droulers - La Raffinerie, Bruxelles • Vincent Dupont is an associate artist at ICI— CCN Montpellier - Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée / Directed by Christian RizzoJ’y pense souvent (…) is supported by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication (Ile-de-France region/support for licensed performance companies).