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Pour Antigone

Because Greek tragedy did not stage characters but rather forces, tensions, shocks and special forms of desire, dance and choruses occupied a vital place. Could the powerful NO of Antigone, the very figure of disobedience who refuses until gridlock, and at the cost of her life, the law of humankind, be expressed other than by intensities of bodies that escape from themselves? To present this, for a choreographer such as Mathilde Monnier, is to rediscover the mechanisms and the very meaning of the word tragic within a present-day cultural and social context. In this instance, to confront, far from all illusions of conciliatory race-mixing, physical and musical readings of Antigone brilliantly interpreted by African and Western artists. Two worlds which, closely observing the other, never cease through a clever dramaturgy to measure their differences and their disparities in order to invent the fragile space where they could come together in us.

Source: Isabelle Launay

Monnier, Mathilde

Mathilde Monnier holds a reference position in the French and international contemporary dance landscape. Her creations continuously defy expectations thanks to constant renewal. Her nomination as director of the Centre Chorégraphique de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon in 1994 has initiated a series of collaborations with people coming from different artistic domains. From artist Beverly Semmes to philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy from film director Claire Denis, Mathilde Monnier has always pushed the boundaries of a work she sees as an experience above all. Musical creation holds an important position with very varied collaborations within the fields of popular as well as scholarly music - jazz musician Louis Sclavis, composers David Moss and Heiner Goebbels, virtuoso platinist eriKm. More recently, she has used PJ Harvey's rock music but also the pink pop settings 2008 vallée, the show she co-created with singer Philippe Katerine. It came to a glorious end in the Main Courtyard at the 2008 Avignon festival. Fascinated by the concept of unison, she created the pastoral Tempo 76 show at the Montpellier Danse 07 festival on Gyôrgy Ligeti's music. In february 2008 she was commissionned by the Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra conducted by Simon Rattle to choreograph Heiner Goebbels opera, Surrogate Cities. More than 130 amateurs went on stage to take part to an opera dealing with the city and the power struggle within. The same year, she presented the burlesque duet Gustavia in which she appeared along with spanish performance artist La Ribot at the Montpellier Danse 08 festival. In 2009, she created Pavlova 3'23'', in reference to the classical ballet The Death of The Swan. In 2010, working in close collaboration with visual artist Dominique Figarella, Mathilde Monnier created the show Soapéra, and subsequently paid homage to Merce Cunningham by way of the show Un américain à paris. In 2011, together with choreographer Loïc Touzé and writer Tanguy Viel, Mathilde Monnier created Nos images, a work focusing on film. Together with Jean-François Duroure, she restaged Pudique acide / Extasis at the Festival Montpellier Danse 11, two duos that the choreographers created in 1984 and 1985.

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Urréa, Valérie

Back in 1987, after having completed her studies at the Ecole nationale supérieure Louis-Lumière, Valérie Urréa began asserting her passion for visual and performing arts. Documentaries, live recordings, fictions, from 'Bruit Blanc' to 'L’Homme qui Danse', all of Valerie Urréa’s films, which are principally coproduced by ARTE, explore highly-sensitive themes such as autism, masculinity and issues concerning race, through artistic visions. Her multiple award-winning films are regularly presented in international festivals. She was guest-artist twice for the Commission Image Mouvement de la Délégation des Arts Plastiques (Image/Movement Commission of the French Visual Arts Delegation). At the same time, she was a teacher for several years at the École Supérieure des Arts Visuels (ESAV - Higher Institute for Visual Arts) in Marrakech, specializing in the relationships between images and performing arts. 

Source : Valérie Urréa 

Pour Antigone

Choreography : Mathilde Monnier

Interpretation : Seydou Boro, Germana Civera, Bertrand Davy ou Dimitri Chamblas, Corinne Garcia, Awa Kouyaté, Joël Luecht, Eszter Salamon, Salia Sanou, Blandine Yameogo, Balguissa Zoungrana

Set design : Annie Tolleter

Original music : Christophe Séchet, Zani Diabaté

Lights : Éric Wurtz

Costumes : Christine Vargas

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : ARCADI - Action Régionale pour la Création Artistique et la Diffusion en Île-de-France En co-réalisation Centre dramatique chorégraphique Le Quartz de Brest, compagnie de Hexe, MPM international, Festival Montpellier danse 1993, TNDI Châteauvallon, Théâtre de la ville - Paris, le Carré Saint Vincent - Orléans

Duration : 60'

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