Premieres on May 2,3 and 4, 2022 at Bonlieu scène nationale d’Annecy
t u m u l u s is a boundless procession of thirteen dancing and singing bodies within the same practice, and as part of the same gesture. Resulting from a collaboration between François Chaignaud and Geoffrey Jourdain, director of Cris de Paris, this project aims to combine these two arts and to think of dance and music together. Tumuli were once graves underneath a hill. A peculiar type of burial, these “pieces” house as many bodies of the dead as the afterlife that pushes through them. The research that leads this project resides at the heart of this paradox: a dead always contains life. In the middle of the set, a mound takes over the space. It is covered in greenery; it is, simultaneously, a mausoleum and a landscape. It is a volume onto which the dancers-singers and the singers-dancers climb, hide, and flow.
Dancing—an uninterrupted succession of figures which are powerful yet miserable, grotesque yet gracious—traverses the body, like the uncoiling images of a low-relief. This is, for us, an ode to transition, to flow, and to plasticity. An essential trait of our dramaturgy is linked to the breath, a vector and sculptor of sounds, melodies, and figures. Singing and gestures are experienced like air constructions which create tension between those who molt and those who vanish, what petrifies and what stays. Muscles, voices, and diaphragms are the matter of a tangible experience of everlasting transition. In the diffusion of air, we seek to engender a perception of what is invisible and that allows us to move. Our musical repertoire is made of polyphonic, acapella songs in Franco-Flemish, Italian and German drawn from different historical times, ranging from the Renaissance to the 1970s. Their religious imprint stands for the ways of feeling collectively, as well as for a movement toward its transcendence.
Music, here, rather than being experienced as a monument that crystallizes bodies in bliss or deference, is a wave that pierces and connects us to what never stops changing, deteriorating, and rising. Music is a vestige, a trace that circulates among the interpreters. It is a breeding ground for sensibilities and imaginaries for our voices; a vehicle to invent new forms to relate, to care, to be aware. Diffused breaths and the uninterrupted procession are rhythms that produce shapes whether they are fleeting, fragile or temporary. By so doing, t u m u l u s becomes a community of artists who share, from death, the delight of ageing and of impermanence. Together, they constitute a musical edifice that celebrates those who are absent through the new movements that allow our bodies to accomplish.
Bonlieu scène nationale (FR), Wiener Festwochen (AUT), La Villette, Paris – Initiatives d‘Artistes (FR), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (BE), Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (FR), Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne (CH), l’Opéra de Dijon (FR), Le Manège, scène nationale – Reims (FR), La Cité musicale-Metz (FR), Points Communs, scène nationale de Cergy-Pontoise (FR),TANDEM Scène nationale (FR), la Ménagerie de Verre (FR), Malraux. scène nationale Chambéry Savoie (FR), la Scène nationale d’Orléans (FR), le Théâtre Molière > Sète, scène nationale archipel de Thau (FR), le Théâtre de Cornouaille (FR), la Scène Nationale du Sud-Aquitain (FR), Berliner Festspiele (DE), le Ballet national de Marseille – CCN (FR) , la maisondelaculture de Bourges / Scène Nationale (FR), laMaison de la Danse à Lyon (FR) et Théâtre Auditorium Poitiers (FR).
This show is supported by “PEPS” Plateforme Européenne de Production Scénique Annecy-Chambéry-Genève-Lausanne within the framework of the European program of cross-border cooperation Interreg France-Switzerland 2014-2020.
MC93 – maison de la culture de Seine-Saint-Denis (FR), L’échangeur CDCN Hauts-de-France (FR), la Fondation Royaumont, Asnières-sur-Oise (FR), CN D Centre national de la Danse – accueil en résidence, Le Regard du Cygne, Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. Fusalp supports the realization of the costumes. Construction of the set : Ateliers de la maison de la culture Bourges/Scène nationale. With the support of Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels. With the participation of the Jeune Théâtre National.
Mandorle productions is subsidized by the Ministry of Culture (DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) and the region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. François Chaignaud is an artist associated with Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy and Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse.
Les Cris de Paris
Les Cris de Paris is subsidized by the Ministry of Culture DRAC Île-de-France, the Île-de-France Region and the City of Paris. They are supported by Mécénat Musical Société Générale. They are artists associated with the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Theater and in residence in the Grand Est region via the Reims Opera.