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La Bête

CN D - Centre national de la danse 2018 - Director : Centre national de la danse, Réalisation

Choreographer(s) : Schwartz, Wagner (Brazil)

Present in collection(s): Centre national de la danse , CN D - Spectacles et performances

Video producer : Centre national de la danse

Integral video available at CND de Pantin

en fr

La Bête

CN D - Centre national de la danse 2018 - Director : Centre national de la danse, Réalisation

Choreographer(s) : Schwartz, Wagner (Brazil)

Present in collection(s): Centre national de la danse , CN D - Spectacles et performances

Video producer : Centre national de la danse

Integral video available at CND de Pantin

en fr

La Bête

For this interactive and participatory solo, Wagner Schwartz is reactivating the famous figure of the Bicho (or “Beast”), the adjustable metal sculpture which the Brazilian artist Lygia Clark produced as a series in the early 1960s. The performer begins by manipulating a plastic replica of the original object, and playing with its system of hinges, before inviting the audience to do likewise, this time with a different kind of beast: his own naked body. Over and above a homage to this visual artist and the addition of  Neo-Concretism to the history of body art, The Beast brings about a shift between two types of plasticity (in art / life) so as to examine the intimacy of this reified body, which thus becomes as instrumental as one of Clark’s Bichos. In this performance, Wagner Schwartz extends his reflection on the relationship with the Other, and the Outsider, by organising a resolutely head-on encounter  with the public, under the sign of tactility.

Schwartz, Wagner

Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1972, Wagner Schwartz lives and works between São Paulo and Paris. After studying modern literature, he participated  in several groups of choreographic research and experimentation in South  America and Europe. He has created eight pieces since 2003, for which  he has been awarded several prizes, and has also danced for Rachid  Ouramdane, Sheila Ribeiro, Yves- Noël Genod or Pierre Droulers. He has recently collaborated with the filmmakers Judith Cahen and Masayasu  Eguchi.

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.).

La Bête

Artistic direction / Conception : Wagner Schwartz


Interpretation : Wagner Schwartz


Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy : Maíra Spanghero


Lights : Diego Gonçalves

Settings : Objet : Réplique de la structure de Bicho de Lygia Clark

Technical direction : Diego Gonçalves

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Avec le soutien du Forum International de Danse (FID).

Duration : 55 minutes

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