Marelle / may bodies modulate!

A DANCED MUSICAL WORK, FOR FIFTEEN TO TWENTY CHILDREN
A SOCIAL, MUSICAL AND PHYSICAL EXPERIENCE IN SITU
[original French title: Marelle / que les corps modulent !]

CREATION september 2022 at Musica Festival, Strasbourg

With fifteen to twenty children from the neighbourhood of the performance, rehearsing for the project in workshops

concept and composition Benjamin Dupé | movement / choreography Étienne Fanteguzzi (Grand Est region), Balkis Moutashar (Sud – PACA region), Thierry Thieû Niang (Ile-de-France region), and some more…
set design and instrumental devices Olivier Thomas, Benjamin Dupé | lighting design en cours | sound Julien Frénois

« Marelle / may bodies modulate! is a proposition in which the children become both the ballet dancers and the musicians of the project. They are as much the performers as they are the orchestra that interprets the score. This concept is based on a design in which each movement triggers the production of a sound, like a musical hopscotch (“marelle”). This design, which is at once scenic, instrumental and technological, also has acoustic, plastic and poetic implications. It is an orchestra of objects and materials, the manipulation of which implies a strong physical and gestural dimension. The space is thus envisaged as a “luthier’s workshop under construction”, transformed and inhabited by energetic and playful children who listen to the sounds they produce and to the sounds produced by others. The production takes the form of a danced concert. An abstract artistic gesture, free of narration, but full of interaction, fantasy and of the joy of play. A moment in which listening to music and listening to the sound of the body become one, in which instrumental technique and choreographic intention become inseparable. Marelle / may bodies modulate! is redesigned each time. The project was conceived as being of an open format, meaning it can be divided into its component parts and adapted to the spaces in which it is performed. It thus aims to capitalise on the strengths offered by each environment. »

Production Comme je l’entends, les productions – Théâtre de Caen – Musica Festival, Strasbourg – KLAP Maison pour la danse, Marseille. Supports : Camargo Foundation (Cassis), gmem-cncm-Marseille, Centre Chorégraphique National Caen Normandie, Centre de Développement Chorégraphique National Pôle-Sud, Strasbourg.
Projet in search of partners

 

drawing of the pre-design © Olivier Thomas