What must a performer do in order to dance, really dance? He plunges into his imagination, trying to abandon his training, his knowledge, his savoir-faire. He ventures into a rhythmical, physical narrative. A narrative of the senses.
What does he encounter in this place? His memories? His future? Those who watch him?
To approach these states of dance we have practiced hypnotism and telepathy. We have created frameworks for exposure and appearance with simple characteristics; we have invented a deep, indiscernible hinterland. The dances which are shown one after the other are but one endlessly reinvented dance.
It is a kind of collective ritual that requires everyone's attention and accompaniment, that allows the dance to embody and to reveal that which goes beyond our expectations.
"Throughout the past ten years choreographers and dancers have incesssantly put their own practice into crisis a practice based on technique, rigour and performance: «What must a
performer do in order to dance, to really dance?» This question has structured the whole contemporary dance landscape from Jérôme Bel to Boris Charmatz, from Alain Buffard to Olivier Dubois, Emmanuelle Huynh or Loïc Touzé. After ten years of work in Rennes, Loïc Touzé has created a performance piece which questions the act of dancing and the very fabric of movement. This question takes the form of a ritual for six dancers who display themselves without artifice. The piece, judiciously titled « the chance » gives the performers the unique possibility to ask themselves exactly what it is they are doing when they are in “a state of dance». The process is incontestably
fascinating and gives much more in return than something simply spectacular. In deciding not to show dance in order to give more time to think about it, artists risk locking themselves into a world without windows. With this piece, one could say that Loïc Touzé has attained a new limit, which offers him the chance to write a whole new chapter."
BRUNO TACKELS, Mettre en scène l’indiscipline, mouvement.net, december 2009
based on a conception by Loïc Touzé
interpretation Loup Abramovici, Ondine Cloez, Audrey Gaisan Doncel, Rémy Héritier, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Carole Perdereau
scenography Jocelyn Cottencin
light design Yannick Fouassier
sound design Éric Yvelin
Premiered November 10th to 14th 2009, 5 performances
Mettre en Scène Festival, Théâtre de l'Aire Libre/Saint-Jacques de la Lande FR
November 20th 2009, 1 performance
Mettre en Scène Festival, at the Théâtre Anne de Bretagne/Vannes FR
February 5th and 6th 2010, 2 performances
C'est de la danse contemporaine International Festival/Centre de développement chorégraphique Toulouse/Midi-Pyrénées FR
November 4th 2010, 1 performance
Théâtre Universitaire/Nantes FR
November 30th 2010, 1 performance
Le Grand R/La Roche-sur-Yon FR
April 14th and 15th 2011, 2 performances
May 5th 2011, 1 performance
February 21st 2012, 1 performance
Festival Artdanthé / Théâtre de Vanves/Vanves FR
December 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th 2012, 5 performances
Festival Les Inaccoutumés / La Ménagerie de verre/Paris FR
January 25th 2014, 1 performance
Festival Vivat la danse ! Le Vivat / Armentières FR
January 27th, 2014, 1 performance
Festival Ardanthé, Théâtre de Vanves FR
September 11th, 12th 2015, 2 performances
Culturgest / Lisbonne PT
Production association ORO
Coproduction Théâtre national de Bretagne, Rennes/Théâtre Anne de Bretagne, Vannes, Centre de développement chorégraphique Toulouse/Midi-Pyrénées, CNDC/Angers
With the support for diffusion of Arcadi
photo credits Martin Argyroglo