Corps communs is a series of works designed to be installed on a wall and then taken down to become a medium between two, four or even ten bodies. The work connects people to each other through straps and elastics allowing an experience of a connected body as well as a common body. It is a shared body that that does not stop at our own bodily limits and brings our interdependence into play. Paying attention to others as well as listening to sensations, makes it possible to find a rhythm in a circulation of exchanges in which everyone participates toward a common impetus.
Spin River unfolds in space, like a meandering river, a spinal column that articulates. Participants move in a synchronized motion, coordinating their gait to direct the circulation of their common body. I designed Spin River as part of an Art and Sport training organized by the Louvre museum in preparation for the 2024 Olympics to address the collective dimension of sport and allow the public to walk together and reach agreement.
Nappy is a vertical hammock designed to relax you. Easily installed on the hook of a wall, on a column or on a tree, Nappy envelops you and helps you to release the body of its tensions in complete safety. Listening to surrounding sounds or music, immerse yourself in relaxation and intimate contemplation. Rehabilitate the nap, take a break, do good, listen to yourself, regenerate to be active again…
More than an elongated version of Fish Balance, Long Blue is a Moebius ring, cut in the middle, giving two connected Moebius rings. If the bodies are twice as far apart, the effect of connection and containment remains. Made in Lycra, Long Blue can adapt to aquatic incursions and retain all its qualities of elasticity and lightness.
Sun 45 is a five-pointed star drawn with a single line, a looped textile panel. Each body occupyies a corner and circulates the strip continuously communicating the active principle of the form through micro-movements. When the dynamics of the group increase, the star moves, leaving its regular and balanced form to reach other configurations without losing its intrinsic structure. [vidéo]
Produced in partnership with the Louvre Museum and the APHP on the occasion of National Caregivers Day at Sainte-Périne Hospital. The participants, patients and caregivers, are connected in pairs by blue rubber bands at a distance of 2 meters. Held by a bracelet glove system, giving elegance to the hand and the gesture, each participant activates a network of lines that composes a moving net. How to listen to each other, initiate, follow, remain attentive to others, to form a harmonious whole.
Love Sticks is a piece made up of thin and flexible metallic and black rods that fit together to form a harmless spear with which the performers come into contact with space and with each other. Its wavy shape reminds the destination of its whirling movement as well as the style of equestrian tournament spears. Improvisation at the Palais Royal gives this performance a majestic dimension in which power and finesse are associated. [vidéo]
Salmon Ladder is organized like a farandole for 10 to 16 people. A face-to-face encounter occurs in improvised and slow movements, a shared movement follows when it comes to moving forward together. This lively and joyful work is animated by analogies that its structure carries : a ladder, a school of fish, a spinal column, waves that propagate, circuits that connect or even a DNA helix. [vidéo] [vidéo] [vidéo]
Wet is a performance built around three structures, two of which are flexible in mesh and are an extension of the Corps communs. On the same stage, we witness the symbolic representation of the development of a plant around the three characteristic stages of the growth of the plant: the germ, the growth, the flowering. The improvised performance is interpreted here at the Galerie Rue Française by the dancers Clémentine Balair, Isabelle Maurel and Michiko Fou.
Bee Wave is a participatory work designed to generate a collective wandering similar to that of the crowd, the cloud, the wave or even the swarm. Bee Wave is organize with flexible and containing cells. The bodies integrate the structure and together initiate a movement of wandering, it is a question of advancing by adapting over time to the walk of others, to the initiatives of each one, to create together a trajectory in space that we cross. [vidéo] [vidéo]
CC/4 is the first of the Corps communs; utopia of a body, made up of several bodies, through which we would move together, would be able to listen, to feel attuned, in harmony. CC/4 makes us experiment and observe how in a figure of four, each body is trained and leads the others, in a feeling of shared movement, slow or fast, according to the dynamics of the improvisation. [vidéo] [vidéo]
CC/10 is the continuation of CC/4 on a larger scale and configured in a large circle. Installed in CC/10, it is a question of living with ten people this experience of interdependence in which the Common Body places us. Our desire for movement, our ability to generate action or to confront the inertia of the group. If the experience is human, it is also geometric and variable in size… [vidéo]
Inspired by stick practices (Qi Gong, Akijo, Swedish gymnastic practice, etc.), Ensemble was designed to implement a common, synchronized and complementary movement of the collective body and to find a way to harmonize our movements: to be attentive and to interpret the movements perceived thanks to the elasticity of the links and to adapt to the situations that we go through thanks to our ability to attune. [vidéo]
Tiger Dance originates from a representation of a connected body that projects its virtual avatar: the two connected bodies coordinate their gestures in complementarity and in mirror and discover each other by inventing a mimetic and empathetic dance for two. Connected more than a meter away by colored rubber bands fixed to different points of the body (wrists, elbows, ankles, knees, stomach) it is a question of exploring the space of the inciting but always free encounter. [vidéo] [vidéo]
Fish Balance originates in a reminiscence of the representation of matrix linking and cradling. Here the two partners participate in the movement, wave together, trust each other in listening to their micro-movements in a fine attention of soft sensations. The movement can also accelerate when it comes, as with a transmission belt, to lead the other in a common movement. [vidéo]
Horse Pull consists of two individual harnesses in bright and complementary colors. During activation, participants are connected at the waist with belts. This Corps communs is the expression of a balance of power, of a rivalry, which involves physical tension but reversing the values: it is by helping the other in the effort that everyone can achieve their goal. Horse Pull is therefore active in order to make this quality of mutual aid visible through concrete experience.
At the origin of the Corps communs, there is Yllli (You will like it), a series of three pieces inspired by Yoga, designed to bring physical and mental well-being. With Yllli 1, we are seated and it is a question of concentrating on the alignment of the body, the bottom of the head held by the piece to allow an upright posture as in meditation, which can cause particular sensations of prolongation self.
At the origin of the Corps communs, there is Yllli (You will like it), a series of three pieces inspired by Yoga, designed to bring physical and mental well-being. Yllli 2 is inspired by Yoga Iyengar. This piece allows you to discover multiple tonic postures with reversal of the body that can provoke new sensations. [vidéo]
At the origin of the Corps communs, there is Yllli (You will like it), a series of three pieces inspired by Yoga, designed to bring physical and mental well-being. With Yllli 3, the body is held in a miniature hammock, or baby carrier for adults, where it is a question of relaxing and feeling how much this posture invites us to return to intimate states.
Pyke is a net seven meters in length, secured to two trees or two bodies. The pink expanse is formed according to the points of attachment and the gentle or powerful wind. An aesthetic and poetic form is traced, flexible or tense, in the visible space of reality. This fishing net in the open air and out of the water is held like a kite and draws lines to the natural space in which it unfolds. [vidéo] — ——- — ——- — ——- — ——-
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