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Vaguely light

Vaguely light

Vaguely light

“Everything starts with one initial gesture or in the breath of a first word. But something has already happened.  In the image, outdoors or indoors, following the lie of the land, he and she join in the game. Let's name them: Luis and Else… Between them, a prop, a table, something unbearable. She lies down. He sits there. Again she says to him, ‘Don't lie!' More or less offhand, he replies, ‘It's vague!'. It is happening now… After meetings, impacts, a confrontation of the bodies begins. A duel of a relationship that explores its erosion between humour and seriousness. There is something absurd, alarming and obsessional in the litany of words and remarks which repeat and merge. Whether bending under the weight of waiting, or confronting each other over this table, the time of their relation and its episodes appears fragmented, a distortion which reflects how we exhaust and re-conquer ourselves. Past, present or future, or in disorder, the story told by the bodies repeats and yet fades with a splendid and unsustainable lightness”.


Source: Hervé Robbe

Robbe, Hervé

Born in Lille in 1961. After studying architecture for a few years, Hervé Robbe set his sights on dance. He was principally trained at Mudra, Maurice Béjart's school in Brussels. He began his performing career dancing the neo-classical repertoire, then went on to work with various modern dance makers.

In 1987 he founded his company: le Marietta secret.

The course of his career is clearly founded on a constant renewal of his choreographic writing. Supported by loyal artistic collaborators, his work has become increasingly sophisticated over the years, associating the dance presence with visual, sound and technological worlds. His projects, polysemic works, take many forms: frontal performance, ambulatory shows and installations.

The place of the audience, its presence and view is decisive; the stage space is regularly called into question.

His arrival at the CCN (National choreographic Centre) of Le Havre Haute-Normandie offered more opportunities for his research.

In 1999 he composed his autobiographical solo Polaroïd. Within it, video images of places associated with his childhood appear and coexist with an uninterrupted physical display.

In 2000 he explored the theme of home with Permis de construire Avis de Démolition, a diptych consisting of an installation and a performance. He went on to tackle the theme of the garden in 2002 with Des Horizons Perdus.

In a world constructed with screens – virtual containers for the body, evokers of death – in the duet REW he engaged in a dialogue between man and woman on the theme of suicide. In 2004, with the group piece Mutating Score, he returned to the idea of the performance area being a common space occupied by both audience and dancers. This installation-dance, while reaffirming this conviction about the force of movement, marks the culmination of a project on the use of new technologies, which are integrated into the show in real time.

In 2006 he designed the installation So long as baby...love and songs will be, a kind of manifesto of the preoccupations which underlie his work. The device is a containing structure in which the audience is invited to watch and listen to the dancer-singers present on screen. Hervé Robbe distanced himself from the stage with this, then returned to it in the works Là, on y danse in 2007 and Next days in 2010.

While maintaining his personal approach in his own productions, he regularly accepts commissions from the Opéra de Lyon, the Gulbenkian Ballet, the CNSMDP (Paris Conservatoire) and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

Source: Centre Chorégraphique National du Havre Haute-Normandie

Bosc, Vincent


Vaguely light

Artistic direction / Conception : Hervé Robbe

Choreography : Hervé Robbe

Interpretation : Sarah Crépin, Edmond Russo

Additionnal music : Andrea Cera

Lights : François Maillot

Production / Coproduction of the video work : Centre Chorégraphique National du Havre Haute-Normandie

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