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A common exploration: christian & françois ben aïm, jean-marie machado & christophe marguet, thibaut eiferman

From their meeting at the Centre des bords de Marne and their  respective discoveries, the desire to cross artistic experiences was  born. During their exchanges, the reflection on instantaneous  composition led to this musical and dance adventure.

This is a performance imbued with poetry that draws its stakes from  mutual listening, the present moment and the permanent dialogue between  music and dance.

This “impromptu” for three dancers and two musicians offers a magical  and unique moment, an astonishing and explosive interlude, a perpetual  discovery of what can be created in the course of the imagination and  the unfolding of theatrical events, through resonance, sequencing and  poetic friction.

In the sharing of the organic energy of their dance, with the  physicality of the music accentuating the perception of the moment, the  communicative pleasure of the artists towards the audience is born,  constantly taken to an unexpected place.

This stripped down, immediate performance creates a strong sense of  suspense and keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. The play is  exhilarating because of the risk and challenge that are palpable at all  times, which sublimates the audience’s feeling of freedom. The effect of  surprise is endless; it is savoured and fulfilled through the  exploration of the pure present.

Our way of living and sharing dance is based on this idea of passage. To  take a step is to deviate from oneself and to take the risk of the new. 

Christian et François Ben Aïm

Today, I have moved towards a music that is my truth, that I have  constructed sensation after sensation, emotion after emotion. This music  moves through several interlocking idioms, as close as possible to my  creative instincts, freeing me from an aesthetic family. 

Jean-Marie Machado

Source: Christian & François Ben Aïm

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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





Snapshots - A series femal solos



Mirages — Boreal souls


Brûlent nos coeurs insoumis (Burn, rebellious hearts)


Peuplé, dépeuplé (Inhabited, uninhabited)


La légèreté des tempêtes


La forêt ébouriffée (The Dense Forest)

L'orée des visages



L'Ogresse des archives et son chien


Valse en trois temps

Résistance au droit



Amor fati fati amor


You're a bird, now!


En plein coeur


Carcasses, un oeil pour deux


Ne vous fiez pas au titre, il peut encore changer


Ô my brother !

La Frontera


Un homme en marche

L'enfant du miroir


L'homme rapaillé


A l'abri du regard des hommes, avant d'aller mourir ailleurs

Machado, Jean-Marie

A classically trained musician, inhabited by the spirit of  improvisation and creation, avid for encounters, Jean-Marie Machado has  shown a marked taste for unusual orchestral formations. He has developed  an original writing style, sometimes erudite but always guided by a  concern for lyricism. He likes to define himself as a composer of today,  concerned with diverse horizons, openness and exchange.

In his various projects, one can feel the multiplicity of his  cultural heritage: born in Morocco, of an Italian and Spanish mother and  a Portuguese father, he studied the piano with the great concert artist  Catherine Collard. He then discovered jazz and improvisation and played  alongside the greatest European and American jazzmen (Dave Liebman,  Andy Sheppard, Paolo Fresu) and shared traditional and world music with  the great Brazilian percussionist, Nana Vasconcelos.

Jean-Marie Machado founded the Danzas Orchestra in 2007, which has  been presenting different programs for several years, to date 5: L’Amour  Sorcier, Pictures for Orchestra, La Fête à Boby, Lagrima Latina, Fiesta  nocturna. At the same time, he plays in duo with the accordionist  Didier Ithursarry (Palmarès live du Bureau Export 2017-2018), he creates  a percussion orchestra (Impulse Songs), a piece for symphonic orchestra  L’esprit de l’eau (creation with the ONDIF in September 2017 at the  Centre des Bords de Marne) and a solo piano project with a sound  sculpture created by Alain Français (Immersons). Composer associated  with the CdbM, he met Christian and François Ben Aïm, the starting point  of the performative adventure Vibrations.

Source: Christian & François Ben Aïm

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Marguet, Christophe

 Born in 1965, he studied with Jacques Bonnardel, Michel Sardaby, Keith  Copeland, and attended workshops with Kenny Barron, David Liebman,  Richie Beirach, John Abercrombie and many others. He then played with  many musicians including Barney Wilen, Joe Lovano, Henri Texier, Joachim  Kühn, Kenny Wheeler, Michel Portal, Géraldine Laurent, Andy Sheppard,  Louis Sclavis, Steve Swallow, Enrico Rava. In 1993, he founded his own  trio with Sébastien Texier and Olivier Sens. He has performed at most of  the major jazz festivals in France and Europe and has played in many  countries abroad. He also participated in the recording of film music  for Bertrand Tavernier. A drummer marked by the jazz tradition while  having wanted and succeeded in freeing himself from it, Christophe  Marguet has made a rare and coherent journey as a musician, managing to  evolve seamlessly from his initial interest in bebop to improvised  music. Recognized as a colorist drummer, he has asserted himself as a  clear-sighted composer and leader, attentive to space and silence,  participating in a new generation of French jazzmen who are questioning  the virtues of improvisation and the relationship it can have with  writing. 

Source: Christian & François Ben Aïm

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Monpontet, Philippe

 Director, Screenwriter, Director of photography, Editor, Sound editor, Artistic director, Mixing.

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