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The Kingdom of Shades - Signe blanc - Portrait of Frédéric Tavernini / Scène nationale d'Orléans


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THE KINGDOM OF SHADES

The Kingdom of Shades is a series of experiments on the vocabulary of ballet. Through various strategies, Noé Soulier tries to disrupt its inner logic and to make it visible spatially and temporally. He only uses classical ballet steps in order to focus the attention on the way the movements are put together. The use of ballet vocabulary is thus a means for the exploration of this very vocabulary.


SIGNE BLANC

Signe blanc prolongs the research from The Kingdom of Shades within ballet mime vocabulary. The dancer starts by saying the meaning of the mime gestures as he performs them, but progressively the words and the gestures get more and more contradictory. The body becomes the source of multiple messages that complement, transform or contradict each other. The meaning is not anymore in the message itself but in the interaction between the messages, between what you hear and what you see. The opposition is then transposed within the body, as two gestures are performed at the same time. The gap between the meanings of the two gestures gradually increases until the performer is torn between these contradictory signs. The gestures are then performed in a continuous flow until they form a sequence at the edge of meaning and abstract movement.

PORTRAIT OF FRÉDÉRIC TAVERNINI

How does a dancer that gets older evolve? Which experiences does he carry on? From the discovery of the path of the dancer Frédéric Tavernini, who has danced pieces by Maurice Bejart, Mats Ek, Trisha Brown, William Forsythe or Angelin Prejlocaj, is born the desire to create a portrait: a personal story where the gestures tell the works that were performed, underlying accents, intentions and articulations.

Between the perception and the signification of movements, Noé Soulier continues to decipher dance, this time by interrogating the descriptive power of gestures: can the body of the dancer exposea dance, show it or tell it without actually performing it? Through these questions, the spectator is led to reconstitute the memory of these dances from the signs they left in the flesh of the artist. Following Frédéric Tavernini step by step, Noé Soulier draws a history that reveal the implicit discourse of movement. 

CREDITS

THE KINGDOM OF SHADES

Choreography: Noé Soulier
Production: PARTS
Executive production: ND Productions (Paris)

SIGNE BLANC

Choreography: Noé Soulier
Production: wpZimmer; Palais de Tokyo
Executive production: ND Productions (Paris)

PORTRAIT OF FRÉDÉRIC TAVERNINI

Choreography: Noé Soulier
Interpretation: Frédéric Tavernini
Music: Matteo Fargion
Interpretation: Noé Soulier
Production: ND Productions (Paris)
Coproduction: CN D Centre national de la danse, Pantin (FR)
With the support of Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles d’Île-de-France – Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication au titre de l’aide à la structuration
Noé Soulier is associated artist at CN D Centre national de la danse.
This work prolongs the research initiated in the project 7 Dialogues directed by Matteo Fargion and produced by Dance On Ensemble(dance-on.net).