2006 production / Revival 2013
Duration : short version 30’, integral version 60’
Choreography : Christine Coudun
Choreography assistant : Laurent Kong a Siou
Dancers : Laurent Kong a Siou, Lowriz Trung Ngon Vo, Francois Kaleka or Adilson Horta de Sousa
Music : original composition from Doctor L
Lighting design : Laurent Vérité
Costumes : Hardcore Session
Video credit : Eric Legay
In order to create Break Quintet in 2002, the dancers were asked : what if they were living together, through an artificial narrative : the adventures of a group of young campers... Three years later, with almost the same dancers, here again is the same exploration of gesture, reaching toward another level of perception and consciousness of aesthetic and ethical issues.
We pursue our journey in breakdancing with a trio of dancers. The action is often the result of drifting, sliding, and side stepping. Conflicts, duels, resistance, adaptation, illusion and mediation are enacted in 50’ of movement. The dancers, in a confined space, seek diplomatic solutions in order to support each other and live together. What occurs emerges from our mutual fear of others : the refusal of dialogue, an impossible handshake... the space becomes more and more unsettled. In their anger, the dancers hold onto the curtains and swing as if to escape. Permanent gaps emerge between attempts at mediation and mood swings. Daily injustice edges close to sadism and causes heroic resistance. Only an accident endangering the lives of the dancers creates consensus : will fire destroy them all ? Adversity and exhaustion give place to the possibility of stillness and release, to the possibility of serious reflection and a break in the absence of peace.
Music here plays its role as a kind of saga in screams, blows and rhythms. Well known in France in hip-hop and electronic music (Assassin, Air, Daft Punk), Doctor L has become a much sought-after producer and engineer (Lénine, Gangstar, David Murray, Pharoah Sanders). He has also been to Africa several times with Toma Sidibé and Salif Keita, and was involved with Tony Allen’s album, Black Voices, a masterpiece of fruitful collaboration.
Co-production : Black Blanc Beur Company, Ferme de Bel Ebat à Guyancourt, Culture Commune Scène Nationale du Bassin Minier du Nord Pas-de-Calais and Initiatives d’Artistes en Danses Urbaines (Fondation de France– Parc de la Villette– Caisse des dépôts– Acsé) With support from Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles d’Ile-de-France, Conseil Régional d’Ile-de-France, ADAMI, Communauté d’Agglomération de Saint-Quentin-en Yvelines, Hardcore-Session, Ecole de Musique et de Danse de Trappes, ville de Trappes-en-Yvelines, MGEN, théâtre de l’Institut Marcel Rivière à La Verrière and Cultures France for some international tours.