Pillowgraphies

Dance for ghosts and black light

CALENDAR

2019

LE VESINET (78)    Théâtre du Vésinet    Friday, October 11  (2:00 pm & 7:30 pm)  

BLOIS (41)    La Halle aux Grains - Scène nationale    Thursday, October 17  (2:00 pm & 7:30 pm)

AGEN (47)    Théâtre Ducourneau    Sunday, October 20  (3:00 pm & 6:00 pm)   

ANGERS (49)    Le Quai - CDN    Thursday, November 28 (2:30 pm) - Friday, November 29 (10:00 am & 2:30 pm) - Saturday, November 30 (4:30 pm)

SAINTES (17)   Gallia Théâtre    Tuesday, December 3  (10:00 am & 2:00 pm) - Wednesday, December 4 (7:30 pm) - Thursday, December 5 (10:00 am & 2:00 pm)

ENGHIEN-LES-BAINS (95)   Centre des Arts - Scène conventionnée écritures numériques    Saturday, December 7  (3:00 pm)

QUIMPER (29)   Théâtre de Cornouaille - Scène nationale - "Théâtre à Tout Âge" Festival (booked by Très Tôt Théâtre - Scène conventionnée jeunes publics)    Thursday, December 12  (10:00 am & 2:30 pm) - Friday, December 13 (2:30 pm & 8:00 pm)

POITIERS (86)   Centre d'Animation de Beaulieu    Wednesday, December 18  (10:00 am) - Thursday, December 19 (2:30 pm & 7:30 pm)​

2020

CHÂLONS-EN-CHAMPAGNE (51)  La Comète Scène nationale – Tuesday, January 7 (10:00 am & 2:15 pm) - Wednesday, January 8 (2:30 pm)

MONT-SAINT-AIGNAN (76) Centre culturel Marc Sangnier (booking CDN de Normandie-Rouen) – Tuesday, January 14 (10:00 am & 2:00 pm) - Wednesday, January 15 (3:00 pm)

PLAN-LES-OUATES (Switzerland) – Espace Vélodrome - « Antigel » Festival – Wednesday, February 12 (7:00 pm)

BRON (69)  Espace Albert Camus - Tuesday, February 18 (2:30 pm) - Wednesday, February 19 (3:00 pm) version with the addition of a "heart" of amateur ghosts

COURNON D'AUVERGNE (63)  La Coloc de la culture – Friday, February 21 (2:30 pm & 8:00 pm)

REDON (35)  Le Canal – Tuesday, March 10 (2:15 pm & 7:30 pm)

RENNES (35)  Le Triangle - Cité de la danse – Thursday, March 12 (2:30 pm & 7:00 pm)

HAUTE-GOULAINE (44)  Le Quatrain – Sunday, March 15 (4:00 pm) - Monday, March 16 (10:00 am & 2:30 pm)

LANNION (22)  Le Carré Magique – Thursday, March 19 (2:30 pm) & Friday, March 20 (2:30 pm & 8 pm)

ORSAY (91)  Conservatoire à rayonnement départemental Paris-Saclay (booking cultural office of Orsay) – « Essonne Danse » partnership - Wednesday, March 25 (10:15 am & 3:00 pm)

CORBEIL-ESSONNE (91)  Théâtre de Corbeil-Essonne – « Essonne Danse » partnership - Friday, March 27  (2:15 pm) - Saturday, March 28 (6 pm)

LIEVIN (62) Arc en Ciel (Culture Commune Scène nationale partnership) – Thursday, April 9 (2:30 pm) Friday, April 10 (2:30 pm et 8:00 pm)

AULNAY-SOUS-BOIS (93)  Théâtre Et Cinéma Jacques Prévert – Thursday, April 23 (10:00 am & 2:45 pm) - Friday, April 24 (2:45 pm et 8:30 pm)

NOISY-LE-GRAND (93)  Espace Michel Simon – Sunday, April 26 (5:00 pm) - Monday, April 27 (9:30 am or 10 am & 2:30 pm)

LAVAL (53)  Le Théâtre Scène conventionnée - Wednesday, April 29 (10:00 am & et 6:00 pm) - Thursday, April 30 (10:30 am & 2:00 pm)

BEAUPREAU-EN-MAUGES (49) Centre culturel de La Loge – Tuesday, May 12 (10:00 am & 2:30 pm) - Wednesday, May 13 (3:00 pm) et Thursday, May 14 (10:00 am & 14:30 pm)

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NOISY-LE-SEC (93)  Théâtre des Bergeries – Saturday, May 16 (7:30 pm) - Monday, May 18 (10:30 am & 2:30 pm)

Previous dates

DIEPPE (76)

Wednesday, november 8 & Thursday, november 9, 2017

DSN - Scène Nationale de Dieppe

VAL DE REUIL (27)

Tuesday, november 21 & Wednesday, november 22, 2017

Théâtre de l'Arsenal

LE HAVRE (76)

Wednesday, december 20, 2017

Le Volcan - Scène Nationale du Havre - AdHoc Festival

LE CREUSOT (71)

Tuesday, april 24 & Wednesday, april 25, 2018

L'ARC - Scène Nationale du Creusot

BITOLA  (North Macedonia)

Tuesday, october 2, 2018 (1:00 pm)

National Theater - Festival Bitolino

PARIS

From friday, october 19 to sunday, november 4

Théâtre Paris Villette

 

 

GRAND-QUEVILLY (76)

Wednesday, november 21, 2018

Thursday, november 22

Théâtre Charles Dullin

 

ROUBAIX (59)

Tuesday, december 11

Le Colisée / "Les Petits Pas" Festival (organized by Le Gymnase - CDCN)

GONFREVILLE-L’ORCHER (76)

Friday, february 1, 2019 

Saturday, february 2, 2019

Espace Culturel de la Pointe de Caux

SAINT-LÔ (50)

Tuesday, february 26, 2019

Version with amateur choreographic choir

Théâtre Roger Ferdinand

FALAISE (14)

Wednesday, May 8 & Thursday, May 9, 2019

Forum - "Danse De Tous Les Sens" Festival

WHAT THE CRITICS SAY

"A first ghost, a second, a third ... cross the stage. Each time they appear, the effect is striking, making the children in the audience shout out, half-surprised, half-amused. We watch a ballet of ghosts, their sheets suspended in the air, sometimes swept away by the wind, sometimes grouped together, composing fluid figures to extracts of music, including Daphnis et Chloé, by Maurice Ravel. We can pick up on different choreographic references, from Merce Cunningham to Maurice Béjart (who choreographed a famous ballet to the Boléro, also by Ravel). In the viewer's imagination, a story unfolds as the group comes apart, then gets back together, until the sheet falls and another surprise appears ... The construction / deconstruction of the piece is wonderful, the pleasure of illusion giving way to the pleasure of dance and the hypnotic movements of the dancers’ bodies "

Françoise Sabatier-Morel in Télérama Sortir TTT

 

“Ghosts dancing in black light, this is what the company La BaZooKa, based in Le Havre, are proposing this time and each new show of theirs is such a delight. Seven ghosts, seven male and female dancers, seven sheets with two holes cut out for the eyes and a good helping of childhood play to hold everything together. Because it is childhood that seems to be the spark for "Pillowgraphies", a time in our lives that many of us as adults look back upon with tenderness, even if it is true that we did not of course have the right to cut out eyes in Granny’s sheets when we played ghost. But the company members from La BaZooKa have long understood that one of the best bits about adulthood is that we no longer need to ask for permission to do silly things, and we can imagine them all giggling as they grab hold of the scissors. These sheets, thrown onto the dancers’ bodies to "make ghosts", and the "Bolero" by Ravel which resonates in our ears during the show, are both two elements of the collective unconscious, those little things which come and tease each one of us, stimulating memories. We can choose to see the show as an ode to childhood; we can also prefer to see it as a real ghost story, not so far removed from our own human stories, where we play, we get scared, we run after each other, and where there are leaders and followers. And then the sheets fall off, and we don’t really know if the ghosts have decided to play humans, or if they have been granted a new body. What we do know, however, is that, even though all the movements were soft and bouncy under the sheets, without the sheets there is an element of Lucinda Childs in Sarah Crépin’s choreography. "Pillowgraphies" brings adults and children together, the adults’ laughter echoing the small voices, marvelling at seeing ghosts for real – the proof that they are real ghosts is that they don’t have any feet! This playing around with magic and the supernatural is reminiscent of certain scenes from Walt Disney’s "Fantasia". La BaZooKa say they want to question the ability of the viewer to believe in what they see. Mission accomplished.“

Audrey Santacroce in I/O Gazette

"If someone says "ghost", what do you think of? Some people might immediately think about the costumes from ‘Pillowgraphies' : a white sheet and two big holes for the eyes. So one might seriously think that this is a show for children, questioning that eternal fear of the dark and the iconic figure of the ghost. But then we quickly realise that the show is actually about something else :  the way in which Yann Cardin, Sarah Crépin, Aurore Di Bianco, Flora Khoury, Claire Laureau-Renault, Sakiko Oishi, Matthew Patarozzi, Marie Rual, Léa Scher, Taya Skorokhodova and Julien-Henri Vu Van Dung alternately overplay their indistinguishable ghosts, makes us think that something must be hiding under the whiteness of the sheets. In a way which is both clever and simple, using black light, the dancers’ feet are made invisible. They float and move around at the speed of wind, which is of course completely normal for spirits. Not so much for dancers. These eternally wandering bodies run after each other and then seem to be seized with emotion when Ravel's Boléro comes on, their movements becoming exactly those of Maurice Béjart’s choreography, immortalized by Jorge Donn in Claude Lelouch's film Les Uns and Les Autres. A dramatic (or rather danced) twist, that we will not reveal, will allow you to understand the essence of contemporary dance : what looks easy never is, the dancers’ technique is sublime when it seems to be almost inexistent (...).

Pillowgraphies creates a story for bodies which are invisible and invites each person to appreciate the show in their own way : bodies which are held captive, bodies which are haunted. The finesse with which the show is written allows everything to finally tie together, whilst addressing every member of the audience, both young and old. A show which is pure contemporary dance, taking its inspiration in breathing, as a way of moving, free from any abruptness."

Amélie Blaustein Niddam in TouteLaCulture.com

"La BaZooKa, directed by Sarah Crépin and Etienne Cuppens, presents a show which is both poetic and visually stunning, mysterious and playful, led by a very traditional looking army of ghosts, with uniforms made of white sheets, which are also phosphorescent because they are performing in the dark.... "

Marie Plantin in Pariscope