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A lightning rod jolting the contemporary dance scene in France, Olivier Dubois submits the nude bodies of 18 dancers to the implacable repetition of a mechanism that slowly gnaws away at their docility, pushing them toward an explosive liberation. This powerful, gut-wrenching Tragédie pulls the audience headlong into a collective catharsis.
Experience a blinding, dazzling, deafening humanity. No longer able to distinguish inpidual bodies rising to the surface from masses in movement, the piece presents a quivering, archaic momentum. With Tragédie, Olivier Dubois plunges the audience into a “sensation of the world” beyond mere choreography. Humanity is not the simple fact of being a man or a woman and therein lies the tragedy of our existence, for it is only among bodies and through the earthbound pressures of our steps and our conscious, voluntary commitment that humanity will truly emerge.
Exposed and vulnerable in their nudity, the better to incarnate anatomical variation, nine men and nine women present a truly original state of the human body, a solicitation of the human species devoid of historical, sociological or psychological troubles, one that ultimately gives way to a chorus singing the praises of the glorious body.
Walking or standing upright or face to face, they initially start with a constant to-and-fro – episode after episode of ceaseless movement – before pounding the floor and thus making of basic human steps the fundamental expression of their will.
As with Révolution, Olivier Dubois has created an obsessive and indeed hypnotic piece, movement of ebb and flow, where women and men coalesce only to break apart, the friction of their fusion creating a clash of discord. A rift opens up, revealing in this telluric tumult the precious transcendence of a human community.
“In song and dance, man expresses himself as a member of a higher community. He has forgotten how to walk and speak, and is on the way toward flying up into the air, dancing. He himself now walks about, enchanted.” The Birth of Tragedy, Nietzsche
“Olivier Dubois has created with Tragédie his very own Sacre du printemps, or his own Boléro.” (Libération, Paris, France)
“The basic energy of a march becomes a whoop of sheer vitality.”
(Le Monde, Paris, France)
Photo © Boris Munger
A duet created at the Musée d’art moderne de Paris the same year as Tragédie, Prêt à baiser is a lengthy kiss choreographed to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, as arranged by the composer François Caffenne, who also worked on Tragédie. Presented for one night only in collaboration with DHC/ART and the Centre PHI, it will be performed by Olivier Dubois and Mohamed Kouadri.
Photo © François Stemmer
“Amusing, enigmatic and astonishing are the descriptive adjectives that make one want to follow the dynamic path of this singular dancer-choreographer. Take note of his name – Olivier Dubois.” (Télérama Sortir, Paris, France)Born in 1972, Olivier Dubois made his début as a...Read more about Olivier Dubois
Creation and Choreography Olivier Dubois. Assistant Cyril Accorsi. Music François Caffenne. Ligthing Design Patrick Riou. Set Design Olivier Dubois. General Stage Management François Michaudel. Company Director Béatrice Horn. American booking A propic, Line Rousseau. Dancers Marie-Laure Caradec, Marianne Descamps, Virginie Garcia, Karine Girard, Carole Gomes-Busnel, Inés Hernández, Isabelle Kürzi, Loren Palmer, Sandra Savin, Benjamin Bertrand, Arnaud Boursain, Jorge Moré Calderon, Sylvain Decloitre, Sébastien Ledig, Filipe Lourenço, Thierry Micouin, Rafael Pardillo, Sébastien Perrault. Production COD. Coproduction Festival d'Avignon, L’Apostrophe scène nationale de Cergy-Pontoise et du Val d’Oise, La Rose des vents Scène nationale Lille Métropole à Villeneuve d'Ascq, Le CENTQUATRE, Le Théâtre - Scène nationale de Mâcon, le Monaco Dance Forum / les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Malandain Ballet / Biarritz - Centre chorégraphique national d'Aquitaine et de Pyrénées Atlantiques, La communauté d'agglomération de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines - Le Prisme.
COD receives the DRAC Ile de France – Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication conventionnement, the Région Ile-de-France, the Conseil Général du Val d’Oise, the SPEDIDAM and La communauté d'agglomération de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines - Le Prisme help.
Olivier Dubois at Festival d'Avignon 2012 - Interview