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The dense forest
The dense forest
From the book La forêt de Racine by Mélusine Thiry
Racine is not a little boy like the others, nobody saw that in his head a forest had grown. Fleeing from a hostile grandmother and a distressing daily life, he runs to take refuge there. And it is in an invasive forest, changing according to his emotions that the little boy will live the most unexpected adventures, drawing little by little the path that leads him to himself.
Here, the universe of the choreographers intertwines with the singular imagination of Mélusine Thiry, author, illustrator and video artist. The scenographic setup and the videos allow a poetic journey between virtual images and moving bodies, for an immersion of the spectator in a sensitive and singular world.
Ben Aïm, Christian & François
For more than twenty years, Christian and François BEN AÏM have been building a work rich of poetry and high standards, fraternal bond and singularity.
At the end of a multidisciplinary training combining dance, physical theater and circus, each one follows his path as a performer, then the two brothers meet to create À l’abri du regard des hommes, avant d’aller mourir ailleurs, a hybrid dance-theater piece which marks the beginning of their collaboration in 1997. Twenty pieces will follow which anchor their fieldwork as much as they travel internationally. They draw their inspiration from literary, musical and pictorial sources, and intimately mixing artistic disciplines on the stage : En plein coeur (2006), Valse (2010), The Ogresse on archives and her dog (2011), Lightness of Storms (2014), Burn, rebellious hearts (2017), Mirages — boreal souls (2018), Arise (2019), JESTS (2021).
Marked by an uncompromising energy, summoning the performer to an intimate relationship with movement, the dance of the BEN AÏM brothers offers, beyond a speech, an experience, a "crossing" that the dancer performs in front of our eyes, that he lives each time with the sincerity of a full and entire presence.
With this demanding writing comes an art of composition which gives birth to the stage an imagination borrowing from dreams, from the marvelous of the tale and from invisible realities. Through a subtle effect of empathy, the audience enters an unstable world, where everything is the object of poetic questioning - a world to be experienced together.
Calendar of creations
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L'enfant du miroir
A l'abri du regard des hommes, avant d'aller mourir ailleurs
L'Art en boîte
La Forêt ébouriffée
Artistic direction / Conception : Christian et François Ben Aïm
Choreography : Christian et François Ben Aïm
Interpretation : Lee Davern et Gilles Viandier
Set design : Christian et François Ben Aïm
Original music : Jean-Baptiste Sabiani. Sauf version instrumentale de Mourir à deux de Maël
Video conception : Mélusine Thiry
Lights : Laurent Patissier
Costumes : Dulcie Best
Technical direction : Laurent Patissier ou Pierre Galais
Sound : Hervé Le Dorlot
Other collaborations : Interprète film Aurélie Berland. Voix-off Fanny Eidel – Biju-Duval, Christian Ben Aïm