NEONS Never Ever, Oh ! Noisy Shadows & Vacuum

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Performance Art

Concept and choreography: Philippe Saire
Choreography in collaboration with dancers: Philippe Chosson and Pep Garrigues
Dancers on tour: Philippe Chosson, Gyula Csperepes, Pep Garrigues, Lazare Huet
Sound design: Stéphane Vecchione
Video recording & teaser: Pierre-Yves Borgeaud
Photography & graphic design: Philippe Weissbrodt

 NEONS Never Ever, Oh! Noisy Shadows

 Additional credits

Technical director: Vincent Scalbert
Stage device realization: Léo Piccirelli
Construction coordinator: Antoine Friderici
Construction: Cédric Berthoud
Stage management: Mickaël Henrotay Delaunay (Neons) Bastien Aubert, Mickaël Henrotay Delaunay, Vincent Scalbert (Vacuum)
Production assistant: Constance von Braun
Music: Francesco Cilea, Adriana Lecouvreur : « Poveri Fiori », performed by Maria Callas

A choreography for two dancers, with LED ticker displays and neon lights as the only light source, NEONS Never Ever, Oh! Noisy Shadows deals with intimacy and separation, and verges on visual arts, following in the steps of 2011’s Black Out

NEONS tells the story of two men about whom we know nothing, but who are going through a difficult time in their relationship. The action is refined, intense and at times, full of contained violence. Performed to a soundtrack featuring Maria Callas, the striking choreography strives on contrasts: power and intimacy, distance and violence, commitment and irony.

The piece is the second of an ongoing series called Dispositifs in which a visual concept is starts the creation process. Here, the LED ticker displays and neon lights serve as light source, décor and subtext to the performance, while the neon lights produce unexpected nuances of grey and delineate the stage in the half-light.

“… the initial cheerfulness gives way to morbid nonsense. This feeling becomes even more vivid at the end of the performance, when artificial fog starts enveloping the stage in a cloud of vapor, until it is reduced to a luminous red cloud. This final image is of rare beauty. … the choreography shows an unparalleled sense of artistic intelligence.” – Isabelle Jakob, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zürich

NEONS gets the support of: Ville de Lausanne, Canton de Vaud, Pro Helvetia – Fondation suisse pour la culture, Fondation de Famille Sandoz, Loterie Romande, Corodis Cie Philippe Saire is in permanent residency at Théâtre Sévelin 36, Lausanne.


Additional credits:

Dramatist: Roberto Fratini Serafide
Costumes: Isa Boucharlat
Technical director: Yann Serez (creation), Vincent Scalbert (tour)
Stage management: Mickaël Henrotay Delaunay
Technicians: Léo Piccirelli, Théo Serez

Music: What Power Art Thou, drawn from Henry Purcell’s King Arthur, performed by Fink and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Ninja Tune, 2013

Vacuum generates impossible images and fantastic paintings, an interplay of bodies appearing and disappearing between black holes and dazzling lights.

This duo is the third part in the Dispositifs series in convergence with visual arts. After Black Out (2011) and NEONS (2014), Vacuum explores a new aspect of our sensory perception through an optical illusion created with two neon tubes.

In Black Out, the movements of the dancers drew shapes in some black substance on stage while the audience watched from above. NEONS then staged a couple dancing in a world of lights and shadows. Now, with this third piece, Saire explores further the visual perception of movement. The result is lyrical and inspiring, as it moves forward through the history of art, from Renaissance paintings to photographic development.

Coproduction: Théâtre National de Chaillot (Paris), La Bâtie-Festival de Genève

Support & partners: Ville de Lausanne, Canton de Vaud, Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council, Loterie Romande, Fondation de Famille Sandoz, Corodis, Le Romandie Rock Club, la Ménagerie de Verre dans le cadre du Studiolab

Cie Philippe Saire is in permanent residency at Théâtre Sévelin 36, Lausanne


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