Cie MF / Maxime & Francesco is a French company belonging to that prolific crowd of groups founded in the second decade of the third millennium directed by artists with a sharp and disenchanted gaze on current events. Maxime Freixas’ and Francesco Colaleo’s dance theater is one, in which the disciplines meet, where there exists a hybrid of movements - contact, floorwork, improvisation - the stage is influenced by pictorial and cinematographic spheres, the message is never disconnected from contemporary observation and individuals.
With a mixture of agility, analysis, insolence and irony, the performances by Freixas and Colaleo - on several occasions duets that they interpret themselves - touch the public, pushing it towards a process of recognition. Whether it’s two brats who challenge each other on stage with ingenuity (Chenapan), or a game of looks and perceptions of the other person (Re-Garde) or a collective study in wigs on identity in today's liquid society (Farde-moi, or embellish me in French), the two artists direct the choreography towards a tragicomic dance theatre, in constant dialogue with the public.
The last work, co-produced by Oriente Occidente entitled C'est pas grave doesn’t stray from this poetic vision. It is a duet interpreted by the authors on the different meanings of the term gravity: from the gravitational fields of physics, which redesign the performing space with a center, towards which the forces tend, to the human-psychological condition of gravity, to be overcome through a symbolic-choreographic script that focuses on humor and 'light' tones. The leitmotiv of this choreography, in which the public is directly involved, is to not let oneself be subjugated by the weight of events and difficulties. In fact, the public is invited right from the start to build paper airplanes and then to launch them at their discretion into the 'gravitational' space of the performers. Alea iacta est!
Direction, choreography and interpretation Francesco Colaleo and Maxime Freixas
Music Marion Julien
Costumes Chiara Defant
Choreography assistant Antonia Vitti
Artistic advice Nimrod Freed
Production Cie MF | Maxime & Francesco
Co-production Oriente Occidente Dance Festival, Gdansk Dance Festival, Art Garage
Distribution and tour manager Giulia Di Guardo
In collaboration with Le Croiseur_scènes découvertes, Scenario Pubblico, Théâtr’Azur, CND de Lyon (FR), CCNR / Yuval Pick