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Dancer Anne-Karine Lescop is recreating choreographer Odile Duboc's 1993 work Projet de la matière, with a company of children aged 4 to 11.
In 1993, Odile Duboc's revolutionary Projet de la Matière featured dancers moving through space, and installations by artist Marie-Josée Pillet. In a state of near weightlessness, dancers interact with the material world – air cushions, water containers – and experience physical and spiritual states of 'soaring flight, vertigo and abandon'.
The piece has been performed by the same troupe for seventeen years – an unforgettable experience for the dancers involved.
Odile Duboc was director of the Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche Comté in Belfort for eighteen years. Projet de la Matière is one of only a handful of works she wanted performed after her death. Anne-Karine Lescop will use the original decor, but a cast of children: 'To give them a fun experience, a connection to the world of dance through its physical sensations, not merely by watching.'
Lescop has chosen sixteen children aged 4 to 11, from Montreuil and Bagnolet – traditionally rival housing schemes. Over the course of a year, workshops have encouraged them to channel their energies, listen to others, show respect and solidarity – core values in the dance world, endorsed by the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès.
The Nouveau théâtre de Montreuil will stage three performances of Petit projet de la matière, as part of the Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales, an international dance festival in Seine-Saint-Denis.