Phia Ménard / Cie Non Nova

Saison Sèche

Phia Ménard / Cie Non Nova

© Jean-Luc Beaujault

PHIA MÉNARD FOCUS

February

18/02 fri 19:30
19/02 sat 19:30

RIVOLIGrand Auditorium

Dance
France
Programme organized under the Portugal-France 2022 Season
Price 12€
Duration 1h30
Age recommendation 18+

Programme organized under the Portugal-France 2022 Season


I am searching for matter, untameable matter... With SAISON SÈCHE, I wanted to work on undulation and sweat, phenomena which seemed to me to be linked to ritual. So I decided to focus on phenomena involving quakes, tremors, earth, ground, walls, ceilings, light oscillation and sound vibration, and ultimately the softening of solids, culminating in the rupture of matter, like mudslides oozing out of the terrestrial crust. It was whilst touring shows in volcanic regions, notably in Reunion Island and Indonesia, that I began to observe the moving mineral matter of volcanos and earthquakes, with both fascination and fear. Of course, I would not be able to reproduce such an event onstage, but I wanted to evoke the tense anticipation and the fear provoked by these invisible phenomena. 
The stage space is a box composed of three walls, a ceiling and a sloping floor, all painted in bright, immaculate white. This box is a machine, with a ceiling that varies in height according to each scene. The solid walls are made of thick, resistant, corrugated cardboard. Exposed to mechanical tremors and the injection of coloured water, they crack and become deformed and distorted as the ritual goes on. The cardboard, which is very resistant when it is dry, becomes soft when humidified, letting viscous, black liquid seep through the walls. As the ritual takes form, the walls bleed and bleed, until they disintegrate and fall apart. — Phia Ménard


The company was founded in 1998 by Phia Ménard, with a desire to approach juggling from a different angle, through the scenic and dramaturgical structure of each piece. Non nova, sed nove (Not new things, but in a new way) is the company’s founding precept. The many multidisciplinary projects of the company have brought together artists, technicians, thinkers from various horizons with diverse experiences. It is not a collective but a professional team, with Phia Ménard in charge of the artistic direction. To date, the various projects by Compagnie Non Nova have been performed in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Brunei, Burkino Faso, Burundi, Canada, Chilli, China, Colombia, CroaTa, Denmark, Equator, The Federation of Russia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Haiti, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, the Republic of Cape Verde, Senegal, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thai-land, Togo, The United Arab Emirates, The United States, Uruguay, Yemen. 

PHIA MÉNARD FOCUS

February

18/02 fri 19:30
19/02 sat 19:30

RIVOLIGrand Auditorium

Dance
France
Programme organized under the Portugal-France 2022 Season
Price 12€
Duration 1h30
Age recommendation 18+

Programme organized under the Portugal-France 2022 Season


Composition and dramaturgy Phia Ménard, Jean-Luc Beaujault 
Stage design Phia Ménard 
Cast (creation and performance) Marion Blondeau, Anna Gaïotti, Elise Legros, Phia Ménard, Marlène Rostaing, Santana Susnja, Jeanne Vallauri, Amandine Vandroth 
Soundtrack composition Ivan Roussel 
Sound master alternately Ivan Roussel, Mateo Provost 
Lighting design Laïs Foulc 
Lighting engineer Olivier Tessier 
Technical direction of creation Benoît Desnos 
Stagehands alternately Benoît Desnos, Mateo Provost, Rodolphe Thibaud, Ludovic Losquin 
Costumes and props Fabrice Ilia Leroy 
Set construction and props Philippe Ragot 
Photographs Jean-Luc Beaujault 
Co-director, administration and production Claire Massonnet 
Technical direction Olivier Gicquiaud 
Production assistant Constance Winckler
Public Relations Justine Lasserrade
Production Compagnie Non Nova 
Residencies and co-production Espace Malraux, Scène Nationale de Chambéry et de la Savoie, TNB, Centre Européen Théâtral et Chorégraphique de Rennes. 
Co-production Festival d’Avignon, La Criée -Théâtre national de Marseille, Théâtre des Quatre Saisons, Scène conventionnée Musique(s) –Gradignan (33), le Grand T, Théâtre de Loire-Atlantique à Nantes, la MC93, maison de la culture de Seine-Saint-Denis,Bobigny et le Théâtre de la Ville -Paris, Bonlieu, Scène nationale d’Annecy, TANDEM Scène nationale –Arras et Douai, le Théâtre d’Orléans, Scène Nationale 

Cie Non Nova is subsidised by the French inistry of Culture and Communication –DRAC des Pays de la Loire, Nantes City Council, the Conseil Régional des Pays de la Loire, the Conseil Départemental de Loire-Atlantique, te Institut Français (France’s international cultural relations body) and the BNP Paribas Foundation. The company is based in Nantes.
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