Mettre en pièce(s)

2016 - (Tearing into piece(s))

These are bodies that decide to give up something, to effect a subtraction, to cast off in order to try to play a role which permits them to get out of a habitus, from a place inside their bodies. The beginning reflects a subjective break, a conversion, a life choice and this choice does not exclude a certain type of violence. I would like to question this violence through the bodies of the six dancers and to create a choreography that pushes to face the gap that sometimes separates words from actions. My aim is not to propose a solution but rather to simply talk of insistence: it seems necessary to bring back dance to a level which is very often evacuated that of the action. I feel the need to talk about the violence of this commitment and to question it with our bodies. Ultimately, it is an attempt to interrogate something which is inscribed in the origins of our theatre and towards which I keep coming back.

In order to attain that action we don’t hesitate to work on repeating the same sequences so that a sufficient force is obtained thus allowing the movement to be released from the flow, suggesting an experience. An experience which is not fearing confrontation with our own theatre walls on which the words Offending the Audience by Peter Handke appear to be like sweating our own movement and oozing in our performing area. A text acting like a stumbling block against which we are throwing our own bodies to establish our centre of gravity today. It is less of a matter of a group but it’s rather that of bodies which work individually to invent their own ritual. Crossing on the same stage, they interact at different times on their routes to assert their presence and define their commitment.

Mettre en pièce(s) was created on October 5th 2016 at ICI-CCN Montpellier-Occitanie / Pyrénées Méditerranée.


Conceived and directed by: Vincent Dupont
Performed by: Clément Aubert, Raphaël Dupin, Ariane Guitton, Nanyadji Ka-Gara, Aline Landreau, Nele Suisalu
Text: Peter Handke, excerpts of Offending the audience - french traduction Jean Torrent
Sound design: Maxime Fabre
Light design: Yves Godin
Set: Vincent Dupont, Sylvain Giraudeau
Set construction: Sylvain Giraudeau, Jean-Christophe Minart, Adèle Perwuelz
Costumes design: Eric Martin Costumes making: Laurence Alquier, François Blaizot
Voice work: Valérie Joly
Artistic collaboration: Myriam Lebreton


Production: J’y pense souvent (…)
Coproduction: ICI—CCN Montpellier / Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées — Théâtre de la Ville, Paris — Centre chorégraphie national de Caen en Normandie — Centre chorégraphique national de Tours — CDC Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson — Escales danse en Val d'Oise
With the support of Fondation d'entreprise Hermès as part of its program New Settings
With the support of Théâtre La Vignette, Université Paul Valéry - Montpellier — ADAMI — SPEDIDAM — ETSBA Ecole Supérieure de théâtre Bordeaux Aquitaine
Thanks to Pierre Droulers - La Raffinerie, Brussels.


© Photo – Marc Domage