Concept, choreography Jasmine Morand
Dance & choreographic collaboration Elodie Aubonney, Fabio Bergamaschi, Sarah Bucher, Claire Dessimoz, Eléonore Heiniger, Krassen Krastev, Ismael Oiartzabal, Valentine Paley, Angela Rabaglio, Simon Ramseier, Amaury Reot, Luisa Schöfer, Marco Volta
Choreographic assistant Fabio Bergamaschi, Claire Dessimoz
Research asssitant Philippe Chosson, Céline Fellay
Scenography Neda Loncarevic
Set construction Atelier Midi XII
Music Dragos Tara
Light design Rainer Ludwig
Costumes Toni Teixeira
Costume Assistants Corina Pia, Ivan P. Matthieu
Technical management Hervé Jabveneau
Ligth and sound management Louis Riondel & Julien Perret
Administration Marianne Caplan
Production Artemisia Romano
Diffusion & production France Florence Francisco et Gabrielle Baille - Les Productions de la Seine
Production Prototype Status
Coproductions La Bâtie - Festival de Genève, l’Esplanade du Lac - Divonne-les-Bains, Le Reflet, Théâtre de Vevey, Théâtre Benno Besson - Yverdon-les-Bains, Équilibre-Nuithonie – Fribourg, Manège, scène nationale – Reims
Pre-booking Théâtre de Châtillon, Théâtre Jean-Vilar de Vitry-sur-Seine, Le Passage - Neuchâtel (co-host with the ADN)
Residencies Dansomètre – Espace de création chorégraphique - Vevey, Césaré, centre national de création musicale – Reims
With the support of Label + romand - arts de la scène, Canton de Vaud, Ville de Vevey, Loterie Romande, Fondation Ernst Goehner, Fondation Sophie und Karl Binding, Fonds culturel de la Société Suisse des Auteurs (SSA), Pro Helvetia, Fondation Nicati-de-Luze
LUMEN is born of an intimate promise from my childhood, when I understood that beauty of the world could be found in darkness.
Scanning the horizon searching for images, slick, fragmented bodies emerge from the darkness, multiplying like a contagious form of ritual. Shapes develop, but do not belong to anyone, or not yet. Confusion, a chain, a link which is emerging, abandoned, not chosen. Something sacred, corporeal can be made out, even through the monochrome that is gradually immersing the bodies and revealing them. Entwined yet neglected, those that are discernible can no longer be overlooked. Consequently, they suddenly inhabit the space, occupying and invading it, grasping the air, absorbing the gaze, reflecting the light and blinding the observer shrouded in infinite whiteness.
From one world to another, from one infinity to another, from black to white, the play is more than a visual experience. It is a journey where our hopes, fantasies, fears and the human condition are at large. It does not reflect Western social symbolism that suggests dualism, hell and paradise, the victor and the vanquished, but on the contrary distances, confines and boundaries are abolished to clearly highlight that we have the right to be seen, because we are all present and living here.
This production for 13 dancers offers stage design and lighting steeped in darkness converging towards illumination. Among boundless infinities, from black to white, LUMEN is a journey toying with the perception of the audience, between what is imagined and what can be seen. Stimulating the need to intercept and interpret what can be distinguished, the play immerses the audience in an introspective and pictorial experience.
The gradual increase in the intensity of light reveals glimpses of flesh. Expression of movement, inspired by weaving, will conjure up textures and volumes which form and disappear.
The bodies, initially lying on a surface sloping towards the back of the stage, are reflected in a huge mirror placed above the dancers. Every effort is made to blur the perception of reality by deleting horizons and distorting vanishing points.
The stage very slowly tips towards the audience, revealing the dancers, and the mirror itself will become a source of light suggesting that what is beneath our very eyes cannot be ignored.
From 11th to 14th January 2023
Théâtre de la Ville - Les Abbesses, Paris (FR)
6th January 2023
Théâtre Paul Eluard, scène conventionnée d’intérêt national Art & Création – Danse de Bezons (FR)
8th & 9th october 2021
Théâtre de Châtillon, en partenariat avec le Théâtre Jean-Vilar, Vitry-sur-Seine (FR)
12th february 2021 | Reported
Théâtre Jean Vilar, Vitry-sur-Seine (FR)
5th february 2021 | Reported
Théâtre de Châtillon (FR)
5th november 2020 | Premiere in France | Cancelled
Manège, scène nationale - Reims / Festival Born to be alive (FR)
22th october 2020
Théâtre du Passage, Neuchâtel (CH)
Co-host with ADN - Association Danse Neuchâtel
8th & 9th october 2020
Équilibre Nuithonie, Fribourg (CH)
1st & 2nd october 2020
Théâtre Benno Besson, Yverdon-les-Bains (CH)
24th & 25th september 2020 | Premiere
Le Reflet, Théâtre de Vevey (CH)
10th & 11th september 2020 | Avant-Premiere
Festival La Bâtie, Genève, en partenariat avec L’Esplanade, Divonne-les-Bains (FR/CH)
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