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Sexe symbole (pour approfondir le sens du terme)

Sexe symbole (pour approfondir le sens du terme)

Sexe symbole (pour approfondir le sens du terme)

Working the soil and digging a hole are activities as primal as an embrace or coitus: it is an error to see them only as sexual symbols; a hole, slime, a gash, hardness, and wholeness are primary realities; man’s interest in them is not dictated by libido; instead, the libido will be influences by the way these realities were revealed to him.
Simone de Beauvoir

The origin of the word sex (sexus, secare) is division, the primary binary categorisation of language, the beginning of the hierarchy of one thing over another.
The symbol is a union. Its function is to build a bridge between an object and its representations.
To us, it seemed obvious to reunite the study of our bodily sensations with that of the expression of our bodies. We positioned ourselves both as observers and actors of ourselves. Since we are neither just bodies nor individuals, we attempted to approach substance, sensation and emotion at the same time. We make our bodies move until it is they who cause us to move.
Sexe symbole takes pleasure in not differentiating the body from the self, sensation and expression, origin and ending. Anyway, what came first: the chicken or the egg?
Madeleine Fournier and Jonas Chéreau

Jonas and Madeleine have been working together since 2008. In 2011 they co-created Les Interprètes ne sont pas à la hauteur, a piece for which they imagined what could be done with danse macabre, a pictorial and sculptural genre that was very popular in Medieval times but which has no known transposition on stage. This research, carried out with a tangible taste for burlesque, led them to combine the results of their investigations with their expertise in contemporary dance, in a demanding choreographic composition.
Sexe symbole (pour approfondir le sens du terme) is their second piece together. The aim of Madeleine and Jonas is to address the binary nature of language. They represent this contrast through costume: one totally naked, the other fully dressed. The difference in costume thus becomes a metaphor for sexual difference. With humour, the two partners discuss categories such as the smooth and the rough, hot and cold, until they 'mix together' by swapping their clothes, which gives the effect of pulling them into a sort of liberating, exhilarating dance.

Updating June 2016

Chéreau, Jonas

Having completed a history degree, he studied at the CNDC in Angers as part of the choreography artist training programme developed by Emmanuelle Huynh. In summer 2009 he took part in the DanceWeb experience, coached by Philipp Gehmacher and Christine de Smedt during the Impulstanz festival in Vienna. In this same context, he took part in the piece All Cunningham, 50 Years of Dance (Flip Book) by Boris Charmatz.         
Between 2008 and 2014, Jonas Chéreau performed in France in pieces by Daniel Larrieu (LUX, Marche, danses de verdure, Dardanus), Laure Bonicel (Bad seeds), by Fanny de Chaillé and Philippe Ramette (Passage à l’acte), and Mickaël Phelippeau (Set-up). In Belgium he also performed in projects by Sara Manente (Faire un four) and Lilia Mestre (Moving You).
Jonas Chéreau has recently worked on the project by comedian Jacques Bonnaffé, Nature aime à se cacher, created for the Festival d'Avignon during Sujets à Vifs, organised by the SACD in 2011, then Chassez le naturel created for the Théâtre de la Bastille.
He has also choreographed his own pieces with Madeleine Fournier, Les interprètes ne sont pas à la hauteur, created in 2011, and Sexe symbole (pour approfondir le sens du terme) created in 2013.        
In 2014 he took part in the new piece by Anne Collod, Le parlement des invisibles.

Fournier, Madeleine

A performer and choreographer, she trained in dance at the Conservatoire National Régional de Paris and the CNDC in Angers under the direction of Emmanuelle Huynh. In 2006 she interned at the company DCA Philippe Decouflé for the creation of Sombrero. In 2010 she received the DanceWEB scholarship as part of the Impulstanz festival in Vienna.      
Since 2007 she has worked with various different choreographers and visual artists in France, Germany and Belgium, such as Odile Duboc (Rien ne laisse présager de l’état de l’eau, Trois Boléros, Insurrection), Anna Konjeztky (Tagebuch), Laure Bonicel (Bad seeds), Emmanuelle Huynh (Cribles), Fabrice Lambert (Solaire, Faux Mouvement), Sara Manente (Faire un four), Moser and Schwinger, Boris Achour, Fanny de Chaillé and Philippe Ramette (Passage à l’acte), Loïc Touzé (Ô Montagne) and Jocelyn Cottencin.   
Since 2008 she has been working with Jonas Chéreau on a choreography reserach project. Together, they choreographed the duo Les interprètes ne sont pas à la hauteur, shown in various contexts (churches, galleries, studios, theatres) between 2008 and 2012 and Sexe symbole (pour approfondir le sens du terme) in 2013, shown at the CCN in Rillieux-la-pape, the Manège de Reims, the Vanves theatre and in Norway. They are also behind a film entitled 306 Manon, which was produced by Tamara Seilman, a video artist with whom they regularly collaborate.   
In 2014 she took part in Emmanuelle Huynh's TOZAI! and Loïc Touzé's 19 Mélodies, and in 2015, worked with Rémy Héritier.

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.).

Sexe symbole (pour approfondir le sens du terme)

Artistic direction / Conception : Madeleine Fournier et Jonas Chéreau

Interpretation : Madeleine Fournier et Jonas Chéreau

Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy : Stephen Thompson

Lights : Abigail Fowler

Sound : Christophe Albertijn

Duration : 49 minutes

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