Deus ex Machina
Subtitled “Leap, Hop, Jump, Land”, this variation on Deus ex Machina refines Jeong Seyoung’s reflections on the power of theatrical illusions. Initially focused on an upward movement, given that, in his words, flight is intrinsic to the staging of artifice, the performer is now examining its opposite, descent, after accidentally finding himself perched on a light bar, with no idea of how to regain terra ferma.
In a minimalistic staging, using trivial objects (a kettle, an inflatable ball, ventilators...) or the most elementary theatrical mechanisms, he tests out various ways to act with and against gravity, through a variety of leaps, limits, falls and landings. His distinct sense of derision here guides a dramaturgy of non-spectacular action, which is nonetheless presented as being magical, and joyfully critical of the norms of stage performance. Born in 1980 in South Korea, Jeong Seyoung studied theatre at the University of Hoseo and scenography at the Pavillon Bosio (Monaco), before taking a master’s in dance with Exerce at the CCN in Montpellier. Since 2013, he has been developing his project Deus ex machina (God from the machine), and won the first prize at “Danse Élargie” in Seoul in 2016, thanks to his performances, installations and videos.
Centre national de la danse, Réalisation
Since 2001, the National Center for Dance (CND) has been making recordings of its shows and educational programming and has created resources from these filmed performances (interviews, danced conferences, meetings with artists, demonstrations, major lessons, symposia specialized, thematic arrangements, etc.).
Deus ex Machina
Artistic direction / Conception
Jeong Seyoung, Lee Sinsil, Seo Jaeyoung
Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work
Spectacle créé en 2017 au Korean National Contemporary Dance Company. Version initiale créée en 2013 dans le cadre de Exerce, Centre chorégaphique national de Montpellier.