Creation date : 2015

The three performers of Après-midi (Afternoon), one woman and two men, are above all three presences, three intensities, three rhythms, wedged into the torpor of passing time.


Après-midi (2015)

The three performers of Après-midi (Afternoon), one woman and two men, are above all three presences, three intensities, three rhythms, wedged into the torpor of passing time.

Three rocking chairs, partners in play, situated diagonally across the space, are the triggering mechanisms for the various body states the performers pass through. The centre of gravity of each chair has been elevated to undermine its stability and the dancer’s. The three rocking chairs function like starting blocks, their design instils the tumult of choreography that sees the dancers striate space with striking fleeting drives, forces it into inebriating circles, or occupies it with synchronized movement. Like three suspension points, the chairs also offer the performers a few moments of respite, shared calm. Like the three performers themselves, between the subtle details, fragile footfalls, simple gestures filled with tenderness and upsurges of rage, and delirious staggering jumps, viewers are jolted between searing intensity, tension and release. Inevitably unsettling


Choreography Héla Fattoumi/Eric Lamoureux

Premiere danced by Eric Affergan, Héla Fattoumi & Eric Lamoureux (1991)

Danced by Sarath Amarasingam, Matthieu Coulon & Clémentine Maubon Sound recording Christophe Séchet Lighting design for the Premiere Yves Godin Re-creation lighting design Xavier Lazarini Costumes for the Premiere Laurent Lamoureux Re-creation costumes Marilyne Lafay Sets for the Premiere Jean Opfermann Re-creation Scenography Stéphane Pauvret

Après-midi was awarded the SACD Prize for New Talents in Dance (1991)

Premiere October 24th 1990, Centre de Développement Culturel, Alençon

Re-création January 15th, 16th and 17th 2015, Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen/Basse-Normandie

Production creation 1990 Cie Fattoumi-Lamoureux, 3 – Centre de Développement Culturel/Théâtre d’Alençon

With the aid from the PMB

This work receveid aid from Conseil Général de Seine Saint-Denis – Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Bagnolet

Coproduction recreation Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen/Basse-Normandie (CCNC/BN)

Fattoumi, Héla and Lamoureux, Éric

Lamoureux Eric

In 1988, Héla Fattoumi and Éric Lamoureux founded the company Urvan Letroiga. The duet Husaïs immediately received the award for best first work at the Bagnolet International Choreography Competition in 1990, bringing them international recognition.

Since then, they have sketched out the contours of a protean œuvre that enjoys juggling unpredictable bifurcations. From piece to piece they define an approach resolutely singularized by the establishment of a context for research the source of which is the intertwining of their peculiarities. A context for research where they tirelessly probe the body's sensitive intelligence, its power to reveal meaning that is also thought in movement, as well as being “thought out” in movement. Fiesta (Festival d'Avignon, 1992), Asile Poétique (Théâtre de la Ville, 1998) based on texts by the poet Antonio Ramoz Rosa, Vita Nova (2000) with the 11th graduating class of the National Centre for Circus Arts, and Wasla (Biennale de Lyon, 1998), are all pieces inscribed in the continuity of Husaïs, asserting a style tied to concepts of control/abandon, strength/fragility, minimalism/exploit, giving rise to choreography and dancing whose expressive power is invested with “graphic energy”.

From 2001 to 2004, Héla Fattoumi was Dance vice-president at the SACD (Société des Auteurs Compositeurs Dramatiques, the French performing rights organization), and in this role responsible for programming “Vif du Sujet” at the Festival d'Avignon. From 2006 to 2008, she chaired the ACCN (Association des Centres Chorégraphiques Nationaux). Since 2010, Eric Lamoureux is chairing the ACCN.

Appointed directors of the Caen National Choreographic Centre [CCNC/BN] in 2004, they continued their creative approach with pieces more focused on subjects with a strong societal tone and where the question is of striving for a poetic and aesthetic resolution to share. Works such as La Madâ'a (2004) with the Palestinian oud virtuosos the Joubran brothers ; La Danse de Pièze (2006), concerning the concept of “homosensuality” in the Arab Muslim world ; 1000 départs de muscles (2007), where they divert objects from the fitness world from their original functions in a critique of performative society ; Just to dance... (2010), part on the notion of "créolisation" developed by Edouard Glissant and finally Manta solo premiered at the Montpellier Danse 2009 festival, exploring the problematic raised by the Islamic veil.

In February 2009, they created the performance piece Stèles, commissioned by the Louvre Museum, in the context of the museum's “Nocturnes”. In March 2011, they created Lost in burqa, a performance for eight performers made ​​from the "clothing-sculptures" of the visual Moroccan artist Majida Khattari during the 6th Festival Danse d'Ailleurs.

In 2005, they initiated the Danse d'Ailleurs festival – Dance from Elsewhere – intended to bring into perspective the concept of universalism by questioning the referent frameworks of modernity in art. The first four editions of the annual festival have focused on artists from the vast and diverse continent of Africa and have brought the young festival ever expanding international influence. Today, it opens up to Asia.

Silvestre, Benjamin

Graduate from the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs, Benjamin Silvestre works as filmmaker. His work explores the body, and his gesture as language, and way of narration.

He made experimental and narrative films and videos, shorts documentaries on Choregraphers and dance films.

Since 2003, he makes many videos recordings of contemporary dance performances.

He also made severals projects of videos installations for Museum (Forteresse Royale de Chinon, Musée de la résistance et de la déportation, Limoges)

He is actually ending the writing of a feature film and a documentary.


dernière mise à jour : avril 2013

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