A brilliant season lies ahead for the companies supported by the BNP Paribas Foundation in the area of modern dance and the new circus arts. No fewer than seven works are being performed in October, in France and abroad, and each will transport its audience into the special world of its creators and performers.

New circus arts

Chouf Ouchouf – Zimmermann & de Perrot with Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger (Tangiers Acrobatic Group)

Chouf Ouchouf, which was premièred at the Palais Moulay Hafid, Tangiers, and which will embark on a European tour in 2009/2010, is the result of a double co-operation. On the one hand, it is an artistic coming together of the Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger, a Moroccan company, and the Swiss duo Zimmermann & De Perrot, which has been showcased notably in the productions Gaff Aff and Öper Öpis. On the other, the BNP Paribas Foundation and the BMCI Foundation (BMCI is BNP Paribas's Moroccan subsidiary) have together backed the Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger since 2008, giving this young company the means to become better known and achieve wider recognition.

Infundibulum – Feria Musica company

Premiered at the Phénix, Valenciennes, on 1 October, Infundibulum is an “unidentified circus object“. In this brand new production by the Brussels company Feria Musica – the fourth in its humanist oeuvre, after Vertige du papillon (“The Butterfly's Vertigo”) – humankind sees its thirst for freedom hit a wall. Stubbornly, it clings to the wall, despite tremors, grappling with an oblique resistance. On the stage, this wall is represented by a crater with precipitous sides and protective curves – the Infundibulum.

Sans objet (“Without Object”) – Compagnie 111

Today, robots have taken their place in society – a place which is not always where we expect to find them. Human intelligence is increasing their abilities at a phenomenal speed. With Sans objet, Aurélien Bory, artistic director of Compagnie 111, has decided to explore, on stage, what kind of dialogue is possible between a human and a machine, examining this curious relationship which simultaneously brings them together and places them in opposition to each other. Sans objet will be premièred on 7 October at the Théâtre National, Toulouse.

Sur la route (“On the Road”) – Les Colporteurs (“The Peddlers”)

Drawing freely from Oedipe sur la route (“Oedipus on the Road“) by Henry Bauchau, and directed by Antoine Rigot for the Les Colporteurs company, Sur la route is a “choreography of balance“, in the intimate setting of a dialogue between the bodies of a “wounded“ man and a woman tightrope-walker. “To recover equilibrium after losing it – that is the journey that Bauchau's Oedipus makes in order to escape tragedy. It is a journey I am embarking on myself,“ explains Antoine Rigot. Sur la route will be premiered on 9 October at the Subsistances in Lyon, and will then tour throughout France in late 2009 and 2010.


There are three works to be discovered in field of dance, now and in 2010.

Songes (“Dreams”) – Béatrice Massin, Compagnie Fêtes galantes

Béatrice Massin, artistic director of the Compagnie Fêtes Galantes and partner of the BNP Paribas Foundation since 2004, says: “This journey through European baroque music takes us through big extracts from works by Lully, Charpentier, Vivaldi, and Purcell. These are works with contrasting colours, which bring to life the suspended time of sleep, suggesting an imaginary wandering […]“ With Songes, Béatrice Massin connects with the contemporary image of the baroque aesthetic and movement, which she already illustrated with Que ma joie demeure (“May My Joy Endure“). Songes was premièred on 3 October at the Alfortville cultural centre.

Donc (“So”) – Compagnie Sylvain Groud

Created by Sylvain Groud, Donc is a piece for four dancers and a violinist. Music is the link with virtuosity, with the common experience that takes shape on the stage. Donc continues the work Sylvain Groud began with Cordes (“Strings”), which brought together eight dancers and 22 musicians – violinists, cellists, and double-bass players – from the Rouen opera orchestra.

Cendrillon (Cinderella) – Michel Kelemenis

Guest choreographer at the Ballet du Grand Théâtre, Geneva, Michel Kelemenis has temporarily left his company, based in Marseille, which is supported by the BNP Paribas Foundation. He has rewritten Sergei Prokofiev's ballet Cinderella – a difficult exercise, for ballet is a genre all its own, containing set figures and codes imbued with history. “How can one be a prince on stage today? […] How can one approach, today, the rewriting of a work that is part of the repertoire?”

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