Espace d'un instant (L')
L’Espace d’un Instant is a story of bodies in their environment :
To exist, any movement passes by brief moments of imbalance, suspension, even of disorder. With L’Espace d’un Instant (“a very brief moment”), Kitsou Dubois invites us to travel in the middle of these moments.
She proposes a course to the audience, to install them in the special rythm of the representation. A course in three stages to see, listen and feel, where the body acts like a prolongation of the senses and takes part in perception. The choreographer distils some of her experiments there to reach these moments of suspension which make the matter of her work.
The audience is then invited to come closest to the stage where the trapezist Chloé Moglia initiates a dialogue with the dancer Francesca Bonato. Each one evolves/moves initially in its space of predilection, before taming the space of the other gradually, and thus making the meeting possible.
The two interpreters are immersed in a sound material designed by Martin Wheeler. He uses the technique of the granular synthesis : the sound is stretched, Time is like suspended… The sound moves are like an echo with the movement in the “suspended-bodies” of the dancers.
Later, the dancers dialogue with the video image, as in a duo with a double, an other body immersed in another environment.
Choreographer and dance researcher
Artistic director of Ki Productions
As part of her partnerships with scientists and researchers, Kitsou Dubois has been on parabolic flights – the only way to experience zero gravity while staying “on Earth”, whereby a plane goes up to a high altitude, turns off the ignition and comes down in free fall. The body is rendered weightless for 20 seconds, and then crashes back onto the plane floor. These flights recreate the zero-gravity living conditions of astronauts in orbital stations.
In 1990, Kitsou Dubois went on a parabolic flight organised by the CNES (National Centre for Space Studies), which allowed her to experience a few seconds of zero gravity. From this original experience, she has developed projects based on the body faced with states of altered gravity: she has worked on the bodies of dancers in the water, of acrobats on circus apparatuses, and of astronauts in the plane. She now examines through her productions how movement is born, the ambiguity of the body’s limits, and the moment of appearance.
Her choreography creates new states of the body, which blur the limits between heavy and light, dancers and acrobats, live bodies and projected bodies. Visuals are both the witness and memory of the weightless body, and a privileged partner that offers other densities to the body. They also help to open up the stage onto other spaces.
Kitsou Dubois creates dreamlike plays, which distort the audience’s perception. Movements alternate between disorientation and anchorage. The bodies of the performers and the bodies of the spectators are linked in a common disorientation. During this artistic’ course, the company has developed expertises and original propositions to meet various audiences (workshop in water, nights “come back flights”, meetings between artists and scientifics…)
Source :Kitsou Dubois 's website
More information : kitsoudubois.com
L'espace d'un instant
Artistic direction / Conception
Francesca Bonato, Chloé Moglia et Laura de Nercy
Martin Wheeler, Benjamin Furbacco
Conception informatique images : Adrien Mondot / Benjamin Furbacco ; Technique capteurs Armando Menicacci ; Régie générale Sylvain Giraudeau
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work
Ki Productions Coproduction Le Manège de Reims, Scène nationale, Arcadi (Action régionale pour la création artistique et la diffusion en Ile-de-France) Avec l’aide du Ministère de la Culture et la Communication/DICREAM, du Conseil Régional d’Ile de France, de l’ADAMI et de la Eeg-Cowles Foundation Avec le soutien du Parc de la Villette Avec le concours de l’Académie Fratellini et de la société Mac Guff La fondation BNP Paribas accompagne les projets de Ki Productions. La compagnie Ki Productions est soutenue par la Région Ile-de-France et le Conseil Général de Seine-Saint-Denis.