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Four women dancers run, jump and fly breathlessly around the stage, struggling against the grinding, crushing, suffocating force of a great machine, in a bold new production for New Settings 2012, by Julie Nioche and Virginie Mira.
One is a dancer, choreographer and osteopath. The other, an architect and scenographer. Both explore movement in space. Since 2004, Julie Nioche and Virginie Mira have collaborated to ‘knit together’ moving images, focusing first on evanescent materials like air and water, and now, on the palpable force of a great machine.
Virginie Mira’set features an infernal, massive, towering device, with four giant blades or paddles. Drawing on her close study of physical effort and images of the human body, Julie Nioche’s choreography responds with dazzling energy.
The stage is conceived as a living arena, a metaphor for the action of the driving forces of society on the body. The work’s profoundly humanist message closely echoes the inspiration behind the Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès. At the very limits of their craft, the four dancers harness their physical prowess and resources to resist the terrifying seven-metre high propeller as it seeks to rob them of their identity, time and space. Suspended four metres above the ground, the machine draws them into its vortex before dropping to less than fifty centimetres above the stage, threatening them with imminent destruction.
Voleuse is a celebration of the seamless osmosis of choreography and staging, exploring a new, cross-disciplinary approach in the essential spirit of the New Settings programme. The work’s closing image of cathartic peace is a celebration of the space of the stage itself.
Concept Julie Nioche & Virginie Mira
Choregraphy Julie Nioche
Scenography Virginie Mira
Creation and dancing Margot Dorléans, Ariane Guitton, Bérénice Legrand, Julie Nioche
Lighting Gilles Gentner
Music Alexandre Meyer
Costumes Anna Rizza
Stage management Olivier Mendili
Thanks to Ateliers Devineau, Christian le Moulinier
Produced by A.I.M.E. « Association d’Individus en Mouvements Engagés ».
Co-produced by Le Bateau Feu / scène nationale Dunkerque ; Le Centquatre-Paris ; Le Forum / scène conventionnée du Blanc-Mesnil (with the support of Département de la Seine-Saint-Denis) ; Le Hangar 23 – Rouen ; lCISS - La Coopération Interrégionale Stimulante et Solidaire who merged L’Échangeur - CDC Picardie, Le Manège de Reims - scène nationale and Le Vivat - scène conventionnée danse et théâtre d’Armentières.
With the support of L’Abattoir / Centre national des arts de la rue - Ville de Chalon-sur-Saône, and the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès.
In partnership with the Théâtre de la Cité internationale.