From the window of
the show that the French collective (LA)HORDE created with the musician and DJ
Rone one can see the collapse of the world. Room with a view is a sound
and visual shock that opens, at Teatro Rivoli, the next DDD - Festival Dias da
Dança (15th April - 2nd May 2021).
Over the years, Marine Brutti, Jonathan Debrouwer and Arthur Harel have built a multidisciplinary path. Navigating on the fringes of the dominant culture, they worked with seniors in the show Void Islands, with blind people in Night Owl, they collaborated with a group of jumpstyle dancers, who they met online, in the memorable To Da Bone, before embarking on the Georgian adventure Marry me in Bassiani, initially scheduled to open DDD in April 2020. In September 2019, the trio took over the artistic direction of the Ballet national de Marseille (BNM). The first work created in this institutional context, Room with a view premiered in Paris last March, days before the world immersed into an unexpected confinement.
"In our collaborations, we have always wanted to question the spectrum of political meanings of dance, researching new choreographies online that would express popular uprisings, whether massive uprisings such as raves, or isolated uprisings, such as the jumpstyle's aerial leg game. The Internet is a territory of infinite exploration for dance. In our shows, we try to question the new dance definitions that we see emerging out there. Working for different media (performances, films, choreographic pieces...) was absolutely necessary to multiply the points of view about the objects that we create; it’s an uninterrupted way of questioning the meaning of what we do", explain the three founders of the collective.
Room with a view follows this questioning line to evoke a protesting message anchored in a rave environment. On stage, the scenographer Julien Pleissel built a quarry, a kind of enormous white cliff with a central hole in which the dancers appear." We imagined a marble quarry that evoked the most iconic stone in the history of art, a place of deadly extraction whose lines and whiteness also reminded the architecture of the BNM building, where the piece was born. This quarry is a place of poetry and chaos, where we could question the emancipatory possibilities of the body in a context of widespread collapse: the collapse of living beings and biodiversity, but also the positive collapse of oppressive systems such as patriarchy. The biggest challenge in this whole process was to avoid moralistic speeches. We didn’t want to do a piece on ecology, but to talk about our relationship with the community and the body in the especially troubled political context we live in. We don't believe in the passivity of the audience and we want our shows to be empowerment moments as well".
Twenty performers then engage in a vibrant choreography, go into trance, question the chaos of the world in virtuous contortions and revolt, throw stones. In a word: they resist. "The inspiration came from different recent protests, from Rave for Climate to the movement launched by the Chilean women's collective Las Tesis around their song Un violador en tu camino, whose choreography has spread to all the feminist protests of the world. Dance is a powerful mobilization vector that allows to transcend cleavages. We wanted to tell the story of a group whose party is interrupted by a collapse, but who, in order to rise to the challenges of our time, has to transform into action the violence that prevents living in community. If we stage violence, it’s not to glorify it, it’s to question it. We contribute with what we know how to do: with the power of music and with the energy that the body carries".
But the world doesn’t live by chaos alone and (La)Horde knows it well. Therefore, Room with a view also gives way to tenderness and to bodies that are sought in a fragile intimacy. After all, although the ceiling is about to collapse on our heads, it’s in the intimacy that we breathe and renew our energies so that, once remade, we can continue to dance and face the future collectively." We are convinced that together we can form a body-cluster and not just be a juxtaposition of bodies living side by side. It’s this cohesion that we seek in dance, although in the piece the group never appears as homogeneous and indistinct. We didn’t want to put forward false proposals or a definitive solution that would erase the singularities of each person. The community will only be powerful and truly beautiful if it preserves its diversity. Rone's music allowed us to explore and convey these issues without using words, which is important to us, on behalf of a language that could be universal".
Marine Brutti, Jonathan Debrouwer and Arthur Harel were interviewed in September 2020.
(LA)HORDE with Ballet national de Marseille
Room with a view
15.04.2021 - 10pm
Teatro Rivoli, Porto
15 APR — 02 MAY 2021