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Le vertige du papillon

Fondation BNP Paribas 2004

Choreographer(s) : Traore, Fatou (Belgium)

Present in collection(s): Fondation BNP Paribas

Video producer : Feria Musica

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Le vertige du papillon

Fondation BNP Paribas 2004

Choreographer(s) : Traore, Fatou (Belgium)

Present in collection(s): Fondation BNP Paribas

Video producer : Feria Musica

en fr

Vertige du papillon (Le)

A butterfly breaks free of its chrysalis for a single day of life and sees the world through a prism of over-bright colours. What we too often take for an elegant carefree dance, from tree to flower, is in fact only a symptom of the butterfly's dizziness: the instant that precedes its fall.

Le Vertige du Papillon, the third show by the circus company Feria Musica, brings together seven acrobats-trapeze artists and four musicians, in a mixture of harmony and turbulence, take-off and imbalance; between fall... and rebound. Together they confront instability, tell us about it and explore its infinite variations: I seize you around the waist, you lose yourself in suspended flight, he or she suddenly springs off the trampoline, we dance... Together they enjoy outsmarting the circus, venturing into forbidden zones, such as that, for example, of an acrobat subject to an irresistible dizziness. Then dance is born from the fall, and the circus is reborn from the dance. And if that makes the show somewhat "impure" and impossible to classify, it is nevertheless total, both successive and simultaneous.

Le Vertige du Papillon is choreographed by Fatou Traoré and mixes music, dance and circus in a stage area enriched with many possibilities, equipped with trapdoors and secret exits. Masts and an aerial cradle rise up somewhere between earth and sky, the front of the stage is a slope, a removable dance floor pulls back to reveal a trampoline. Ephemeral encounters happen, movements are interrupted; imbalance offers new trajectories, triggers a series of events, and encourages the use of various circus techniques: juggling, swinging aerial silk, Chinese pole, aerobatics. Throughout, in the ceaseless movement of bodies, can be discerned the shimmering of a butterfly wing.

Traore, Fatou

Fatou Traoré is a dancer/choreographer, working on the Belgian stage since 1989. Fatou Traoté starts her career as a dancer with Rosas, Nadine Ganase, Claudio Bernardo, Johanne Leighton, les ballets C de la B  ans many others. She makes her first choreography in 1995. In 1999 she founds her own company F.T.1X2X3. Born of a French mother and Malian father, Fatou Traoré has been confronted with cultural illusions during her life.


 The encounters with other artists, the potential of human diversity and the mixture of genres nourish the chaos she needs to be creative.


 As a choreographer, she explored, for more ten years, the close relation between dance and contemporary jazz, working together with mostly Belgian scene composers and musicians.


 Ever since she made Mar'L (March 2004) – based on Julio Cortazar's book Marelle - a performance joining actors and dancers, film and graphical arts, she has worked with theatre directors Sofie Kokaj, Isabelle Pousseur and Giorgio Barberio Corsetti.


She likes to switch between intimate and spectacular pieces, but she also found contemporary circus arts on her choreographic way: La Syncope du 7 (AOC), Le Vertige du Papillon (Feria Musica) amongst others. For four years she worked as a dance coordinator at CNAC (2008/2011). Since Autumn 2008, she participates as a dancer and choreographer in the creation of Vibration, a performance of the 14:20 company which is a young collective working on new magic and illusion.


Source : Web Site les ballets C de la B


More information : http://www.lesballetscdela.be

Le vertige du papillon

Artistic direction / Conception : Philippe de Coen

Choreography : Fatou Traoré

Interpretation : Gaël Bernier, Anke Bucher, Linde Hartman, Serge Lazar, Anna Nilsson, Kiluangi Runge, Niels Seidel

Stage direction : Fatou Traoré

Set design : Philippe de Coen, Bruno Renson et Serge Simon

Original music : François Garny

Live music : François Garny, Manuel Hermia, Benoît Louis, Michel Seba

Additionnal music : François Garny, Manuel Hermia et Benoît Louis

Lights : Philippe Baste, Serge Simon

Costumes : Françoise Van Thienen, Serge Simon, Delphine Joly et Marie Nils

Sound : Nicolas Haber

Other collaborations : Arnaud Bernard (régie plateau)

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : produit par Feria Musica, en coproduction avec La Coursive, scène nationale de La Rochelle (F), Le Phénix, scène nationale de Valenciennes (F – en partenariat avec Lille 2004, Capitale européenne de la culture), Les Arts à la Rencontre du Cirque, Ville de Nexon, Haute-Vienne/Limousin (F), Le Pôle cirque Cévennes/Cratère, scène nationale d'Alès (F), Les Halles de Schaerbeek (B), La Maison de la Culture de Tournai/Circulons! (B/F), La Maison de la Culture de Nevers et de la Nièvre (F), Agora, scène conventionnée de Boulazac (F) et Het Huis voor Kunsten op Straat, Neerpelt (B). Avec le soutien de la Fondation BNP Paribas, de la Communauté française Wallonie-Bruxelles (Service des Arts de la Scène, Comité de Coordination « Lille 2004 » et Commissariat Général aux Relations Internationales), de la Loterie Nationale et de la COCOF.

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