Underground car parks are like circles of hell: the lower you descend, the more threatening they seem. A garage, a place of neon-lit metropolitan fantasies, is the scene of an unsettling duel.
A motorcyclist in a full-face helmet, on his metal beast, glimpses a graceful figure in the dark. The two meet in an unusual fight. They confront each other and engage in an aggressive and sensual duel, a dance of life and death to the notes played live by Marie-Pierre Brébant's harpsichord.
Francois Chaignaud and Théo Mercier draw us into an experience that questions gender roles, mixing ancient courtship rituals with engine roars.
A personal siege of fierce beauty amidst baroque music and the smell of petrol.
Instead of seeking a point of balance between genres, Chaignaud opts instead for a permanent imbalance: it is by constantly turning, swinging from one trampoline to another, that he stands.
This show is included in the ticket pass GENDER ISSUES
Accessible space for people with physical disabilities.
Performance with loud noise.
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Staging Théo Mercier
Choreography François Chaignaud
Performer François Chaignaud
Arrangement and live music Marie-Pierre Brébant
Stunt Cyril Bourny
Artistic collaboration Florent Jacob
Technical direction Florent Jacob, François Boulet, Anthony Merlaud
Costume design Clinique Vestimentaire
Administration Production Mandorle productions & Alma Office
International distribution Apropic
Coproduction La Ménagerie de verre, Paris|Festival Actoral, Marseille|La Bâtie, Festival de Genève|CDN Nanterre-Amandiers
With the support of Nuovi Mecenati - Franco Italian Foundation for Contemporary Creation and Fondazione CARITRO.
Mandorle productions is subsidized by the Ministry of Culture (DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) and the region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. François Chaignaud is an artist associated with Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy, with Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse and with Maison de la danse and the Biennale de la danse de Lyon.