Mathilde Monnier & Alan Pauls
Conception and choreography Mathilde Monnier and Alan Pauls
Dramaturgy Véronique Timsit
Scenography and costume Annie Tolleter
Lighting designer Eric Wurtz
Sound creation Olivier Renouf
Musical advice Sergio Pujol
Voice coaching Barbara Togander
Choreography assitant Marie Bardet
Rehearsal assistant Corinne Garcia
Artistic advice Anne Fontanesi
International spread Julie Le Gall - Bureau Cokot
Production leader ans artistic advice Nicolas Roux
With (12 performers) : Martin Gil, Lucas Lagomarsino, Samanta Leder, Pablo Lugones, Ari Lutzker, Carmen Pereiro Numer, Valeria Lucia Polorena, Lucia Garcia Pulles, Celia Argüello Rena, Del na Thiel, Florencia Vecino, Daniel Wendler.
With the benevolence of Jean-François Guéganno. We thank Jean-Claude Penchenat, Yann Lorvo, Hélène Kelmachter, Lucie Haguenauer, Diana Theocharidis, Evelyne Loew, Natalia Uccello, Cecilia Kuska.
This is the story through time (40 years) of relationships based on desire and seduction strategies between men and women. This story is shown in a situation that crystallizes the essence of relationships and desire since it involves the body, dance, and thanks to the grace of theater and metonymy : this situation is an activity as well as it is a place : the ball. Actors express themselves without dialogues but with their bodies (acting and dancing) by establishing an intimate contact with the music that evokes the passage of time.
The piece retraces a popular history of France from the Liberation up to the 85’s. The stage writing is based on “life stories” collected in a small town of Paris’ suburbs. Performers confront those stories with their own living memory, pictures and lms and by doing so, they end up creating “characters”, some sort of archetypes that they make travel through time. It is presented more as a dance piece than as a play – by its speci c style – and will strongly impact the 80’s.
Besides, Ettore Scola shot a movie based on this project with the same theater company.
A CONTEMPORARY VERSION
We want to create a new show based on Le Bal and to continue the process launched 30 years ago.
The main basic concepts which founded Le Bal remain : unity of place, absence of spoken text, having to tell stories only through movement and dance, travel through a country’s history, going from an era to another.
We aim to create a “contemporary” version and explore, not how “telling history”, but rather try to go further in order to express what history does to the body or make it do.
Dance, body, movement, space must remain central in the show. It is about capturing the energy or the lack of energy of each era: tired bodies, bodies that resist common body, exploded body over-energized body, body-built, athletic body, damaged body, child body, aged body, body made of prosthesis, broken body, transformed body, it’s all DANCE, and manifestation of collective imagination.
SPREAD CONTACTS :
Production & spread Nicolas Roux
+33 (0) 6 24 62 71 24 / firstname.lastname@example.org
International sprea Julie Le Gal
+33 (0)6 12 65 62 14 / email@example.com