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"Vertiges" - Guilhem Chatir experiences the fall, ad infinitum.

We heard about Guilhem Chatir and his stunning performance in the pieces of Wim Vandekeybus, Yoann Bourgeois, Anton Lachky and most recently Akram Khan. We know he is a virtuosic mover and yet he surprises us every time:

Vertiges is his new canvas, where he composes with gravity and explores the choreographic potential of falling. He experiments with the notion of collapsing and standing in a such beautiful way that both dynamics become indiscernible as they share the same kinetic momentum. The body seems to fall down upwards and stand up downwards, the end of a movement collapses into the beginning of the next – and dancing offers itself in the vertigo of this incessant loop.

In his solo, Guilhem favors the perpetual search for a state – and puts his virtuosic technique to the service of the sensible.

Vertiges was originally inspired by the work Castles made of sand of visual artist Stéphane Thidet - an eight-meter high fountain that functions in closed-circuit: sand pours out of it, which is retrieved and sent back to the top of the structure, only to fall again ad infinitum. Vertiges was born out of this encounter: first created in situ near the monumental sand fountain, the performance constitutes, beyond this inaugural moment, a dance work in itself. Devoid of any human presence, the stage turns into a sand-made canvas which retains the traces of lost movements – and holds the promise of their future return.

Guilhem Chatir is accompanied by David Petrlik and Philippe Hattat on the music, and dances on the scenography by Jean Marcouiller. He is assisted by Thomas Bîrzan and Margarida Marques Ramalhete as external eyes.

The piece (on the making) is co-produced by Central, Charleroi Danse, LIFE Saint Nazaire, CCN Grenoble and La manufacture d'Aurillac.

Production Alexis Tomasello

Diffusion Cécile Perrichon


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