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Sep 05 2024 - 18:30

Teatro Zandonai

Sous les fleurs

National premiere

They are born male and feel female. The Muxe community, originally from the Oaxaca region in southern Mexico, is of Zapotec ethnicity and is considered to truly represent a third gender. Thomas Lebrun conducted research in the area of Juchitán de Zaragoza, where most of the community lives. The result is a piece for five dancers, dressed in sumptuous gowns and flower crowns reminding us of Frida Kahlo's style, which illustrates how, in some parts of the world, what is still heavily prejudiced in Europe is possible, recognised, and free.

Thomas Lebrun raises the colours of Mexico and the Muxes, that third gender so dear to the Zapotecs, in a deeply moving and hauntingly beautiful creation.
There are five of them, dressed in sumptuous flowery costumes reminiscent of Frida Kahlo in male attire. Surrounded by walls brightly coloured by Françoise Michel's superb lighting, they draw broad gestures with their upper bodies in slow motion, sketching different poses - laughter, conversation, outbursts of tenderness - like so many snapshots slowly unfolding before our enchanted eyes. Voices of celebration emanate from the four openings in the walls. These are the Muxes.

Sous les fleurs

Choreography Thomas Lebrun
Dancers Antoine Arbeit, Raphaël Cottin, Arthur Gautier, Sébastien Ly, Nicolas Martel
Musics Trio Monte Alban, Maxime Fabre, Susana Harp, La Bruja de Texcoco (mixed by Seb Martel), Banda Regional Princesa Donashii, Rocio Durcal, Hector Berlioz, Eddy de Pretto, extract from MUXES, film by Ivan Olita, produced by Bravo Studio and with the voice of Felina Santiago Valdivieso
Lighting design Françoise Michel
Sound design Maxime Fabre
Costumes Kite Vollard, Thomas Lebrun
Masks Ruua Masks
Scenography Xavier Carré, Thomas Lebrun
Set building Atelier du T°, CDN de Tours
Technical manager Gérald Bouvet
Sound manager Clément Hubert
Project assistant Anne-Emmanuelle Deroo
Anthropologist Raymundo Ruiz González
Special thanks Felina Santiago Valdivieso, Benito Hernandez
Production Centre chorégraphique national de Tours
Coproduction Équinoxe – Scène nationale de Châteauroux, La Rampe-La Ponatière - Scène conventionnée-Échirolles

Duration 65'