"Contre Bande" stages the spectator’s gaze and body as they surround the figure of a solo dancer.

This show was created in response to the Manège’s invitation to involve a group of amateurs in a choreographic work.

The group is envisaged as a chorus, a collective character that is both spectator and actor.

The chorus provides a setting for the dancer to carry out the ‘heroic’ existence of a soloist. The dancer’s movements are exposed to a

dual gaze: that of the chorus on stage and that of the audience.

The chorus, much like a mirror, reflects upon the dancer’s actions, either completing them or simply observing them with surprise,

dismay, joy, confusion…according to circumstances.

And what would happen if the soloist or even the chorus were to vanish?


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