DEMOCRACY

2nd opus of  TO BANG ON A CAN project

CREATION NOVEMBER 2013 – Festival Mettre en Scène, Rennes, FRANCE

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“I’ve wanted to work on this drum quartet by Julia Wolfe for a long time. There is something quite revolutionary in the energy of this piece.  Julia Wolfe uses the instrumentation of processions, meetings and political demonstrations. I work on democracy, not democracy reduced its political framework definition [...] but ‘insurgent’ democracy that strives for the dissolution of certainty and the claim to equality as civil resistance. Work is nourished by ideas like the test of determination or the idea of a problematizing community, which I call the ‘all-one.’ Also, how does an individual decision open the possibility to collective action? What do we strive for, or against? Who do we give our consent to? Must we disobey democracy? How do we build a controversialist community? Does resistance to power define the democratic experience? What is a savage democracy? … ”
Excerpt from an interview of Maud Le Pladec for Aire de Jeu festival

“What is more liberating or constraining for a body than to be confronted with a rhythm? To slide in it, to abandon itself there, to submit to it, to become undone and find its place, to transform it from the inside… It is at the heart of this paradox that Maud Le Pladec placed the motor of her creation, like a choreographic machine out of which subjective and political questions would escape. Pursuing her research on contemporary music, she delved into Democracy Against the State by Miguel Abensour a source of indetermination and excess, transformed into a reflection on how to live together.  Her artistic issues and concerns unfolding, she then applied this notion to the disturbing force of the musical piece, Dark Full Ride by Julia Wolfe, an unbridled cavalcade of toms, cymbals and bass drums, combining the power of rock and the principles of repetition and miniscule variations of post-minimalist music. Extended by the partition that was composed in response by Francesco Filidei and performed on stage by the ensemble TaCTuS, the music forms a base and a setting, a living tissue which envelops, expels, encloses or intensifies the dancers. It is an apparatus that they derail, adapt and change the inner workings of.

Subjected to the pressure of skin and muscles and of hits and steps, the stage becomes a place of exchange where figures pass through and spread out like so many allegories of political invention: large-scale fleeing in conflictual situations, singular incarnations and accidental encounters, networks of senses and references intermingle, letting the idea of a rising democracy transpire, a vector of Utopia.  Between chaos and balance of forces, scrupulous partition and vital excess, Democracy offers a dance charged with states, ideas and rhythmicities and it is the medium for a polemical community where dancers and drummers strive to undo their established places. One by one, isolated, festive, occupied, multiplied, dragged, dispersed, united, their bodies transport the ferments of a wild democracy.” Written by Gilles Amalvi

  • Concept, choreography: Maud Le Pladec
  • Music: Julia Wolfe (Dark Full Ride), Francesco Filidei (SILENCE=DEATH, Original creation), TaCTuS (introduction)
  • Dancers: Olga Dukhovnaya or Maria Ferreira Silva, Julien Gallée-Ferré or Nicolas Diguet, Corinne Garcia, Mélanie Giffard, Simon Tanguy or Steven Michel
  • Live music: TaCTuS Ensemble (Ying-Yu Chang, Paul Changarnier, Aurélien Hadyniak, Pierre Olympieff)
  • Musical assistant: Gaël Desbois
  • Light design: Sylvie Mélis
  • Costumes: Alexandra Bertaut
  • Technical director: Fabrice Le Fur
  • Light management: Nicolas Marc
  • Sound management: Vincent Le Meur
  • Scenery design: Vincent Gadras
  • Special thanks to: Katerina Andreou, Nicolas Couturier, Jung Ae Kim,  Konstantin Lipatov, Julie Pareau, et tous les membres de l’association Léda

PRODUCTION: Association Léda

COPRODUCTION: Théâtre National de Bretagne, Mettre en Scène 2013  (Rennes), Les Subsistances (Lyon), Maison de la Danse / Biennale de la danse de Lyon, dans le cadre de modul-dance, programme Culture de l’Union Européenne, Théâtre Paul Eluard-tpe, scène conventionnée de Bezons dans le cadre de la permanence artistique de la Région Ile de France,  Tanzquartier (Vienne, Autriche), CCN de Caen / Basse Normandie, Direction Héla Fatoumi – Eric Lamoureux dans le cadre de « l’Accueil Studio » / Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, CCN de Franche-Comté à Belfort dans le cadre de « l’Accueil Studio » / Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication / DRAC Franche-Comté, CDC PARIS RESEAU / Centre de développement chorégraphique (Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson, L’étoile du nord, micadanses-ADDP, studio Le Regard du Cygne-AMD XXe).

WITH THE SUPPORT OF: Modul-dance/Programme Culture de l’Union Européenne, ministère de la Culture et de la communication – DRAC Bretagne, Région Bretagne, Ville de Rennes, Spedidam, Arcadi, Adami

Maud Le Pladec won the « Hors les Murs » prize of Institut Français in 2013 for a research around the contemporary music collective Bang on a can.

SPECIAL THANKS TO: Musée de la danse/CCNRB (Rennes), Centre National de Danse Contemporaine (Angers, direction Emmanuelle Huynh, 2012) et au Centre National de la Danse (Pantin).

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