Class D students of the Bachelor in Contemporary Dance will present their graduation show, created by French choreographer Mathilde Monnier.
The students were to be hosted in residence for 5 weeks at the Mercat de les flors in Barcelona, with a premiere on the stage of the Spanish institution, and then leave for a tour of nine performances in Switzerland and France.
Given the exceptional situation related to COVID-19, the creation of the show will take place largely online, supplemented by a short period of work at La Manufacture. The dates of the performances are uncertain as of today and the final programme of the tour will therefore be announced at a later date.
French choreographer Mathilde Monnier presents a piece entitled A Dance Climax, which plays with apnea and the breath of dance. She draws the students into a common breath to protect the future, in an attempt to make the invisible visible.
"This is a research project on air: who owns the air, usually considered as a free space and common good? We started to write a choreography on this question of breathing as a common good. I gave them a lot of texts to read, including those of Peter Sloterdijk on foam and greenhouse effects. He talks about the architects of the air and how the air became a space for exploitation. He uses also other books about the First World War, when air became a weapon with the use of gases. Today, with the coronavirus, it is no longer just a matter of air, but also touch, proximity. This concerns very important symptoms of our society. This disease affects something very intimate to us and in our relationship to each other."
The world of tomorrow: Interview with Mathilde Monnier
Les Inrockuptibles, 04.02.2020
Definitive dates to be announced.
With class D students from the Bachelor in Contemporary Dance:
Zacharie Bordier, Hortense de Boursetty, Colline Cabanis, Queenie Fernandes, Milo Gravat, Délia Krayenbuhl, Gabriel Obergfell, Ludovico Paladini, Fabio Zoppelli
Ian Lecoultre, Céline Ribeiro
La Manufacture, Haute école des arts de la scène