Après un rêve is neither a fiction nor a documentary.
It is not driven by a narration but by a path, a journey. It has no protagonist but an energy that moves from place to place. Nor are there any characters, but rather encounters. It follows the body of a female dancer in the body of the city. It is a performance, a visual poem, a try at re-enchantment.
In 1968, a militant cooperative of architects and city planners devised a new kind of large complex that could “change the city to change life”. Buoyed up by all the innovative ideas of the era (in terms of education, health, culture and housing), in a dialogue with the landscape, the urban complex celebrates the mixity of usages, generations and populations. This social and architectural avant-garde movement was to become famous: Godard held a video workshop in it, Rohmer produced its portrait…
In July 2010, when Julie Desprairies had just finished there an “Atelier de Création Radiophonique”, a programme for the radio station France Culture – a sound workbook for a future show in the district – violence broke out in La Villeneuve. The site was to become infamous, with the French President Sarkozy holding there his famous Grenoble speech on his vision of security.
Julie Desprairies decided to react to the horrifying images of shattered windows, cars on fire and desperate residents, and asked the director Louise Narboni to come and film the choreographic work accomplished there with the residents and users over the past year. Primary and secondary schoolchildren, students, workers and senior citizens, a choir, a market gardener and a paediatrician, dancers, singers – all residents or users of La Villeneuve – collaborated in the writing of Après un rêve.
Élise Ladoué, a female dancer, strolls from the north to south of the district, from open areas to apartments, from group to group, from terraces to gardens, from colour to colour.
She meets the local residents, and snatched conversations, songs and dances then take shape.
Source : Cie Desprairies