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Maria Clara Villa-Lobos

XL Production

Têtes à Têtes

Vénissieux Theater, Espace Albert Camus, Bron

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Dance and Performance

Performance is at the heart of this Biennale edition. Learn more and discover the shows.

 

Things to see

 

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Birth, leaving the womb, growing, and experiencing the world – that is the choreographed adventure of Têtes à Têtes. The whimsical story of a character with a large round head but no face, projected into a dizzying world of cartoon colours. In short: an energy-packed show for fast-sprouting youngsters.

Maria Clara Villa Lobos drew attention in the early 2000s with XL Because size does matter, a totally wild piece that joyfully took aim at all the quirks and signature effects of the big names in contemporary dance, from Pina Bauch to Jérôme Bel and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Doing a comic dance piece in the heyday of conceptual dance did not go unnoticed. Today we find the same playful energy in Têtes à Têtes for young audiences. Maria Clara Villa Lobos tells the tale of a character with a large round head but who was born without a face. We see him learning to walk – no easy task when your body is dominated by a super-sized head – then meeting his alter ego and going off together to discover the world. What is this world? A cartoon world. The choreographer explodes the white stage, from the floor to the background screen, images and interactive drawings which follow the clownish hero with the globe-head, transforming him into a burlesque skeleton plunging headlong into a hyper-coloured space.
Though the piece is extraordinarily visual, she never forgets what she owes to dance: “because the dancer has such a large, round head, he has to find a way to express emotions and sensations, not with his face, but with his entire body. This creates a stylised movement specific to the character.” Watching this dance – that is basically showing us how to keep our balance when we have a fat head – it would seem safe to say that Maria Clara Villa-Lobos is still amused by the over-sized egos of the small world of dance.

Vénissieux Theater

Dates et horaires

  • Thu 25 Sep14:30
  • Sat 27 Sep15:00
  • Durée : 45 min environ

Tarifs

  • Scolaire 6€
  • Malice ! - enfant 6€
  • Malice ! - adulte 10€

Espace Albert Camus, Bron

Dates et horaires

  • Tue 30 Sep10:00
  • Tue 30 Sep14:30
  • Wed 1 Oct15:00
  • Durée : 45 min environ

Tarifs

  • Scolaire 6€
  • Malice ! - enfant 6€
  • Malice ! - adulte 10€

Séances scolaires les jeu 25 et mar 30 sept. / Séances Malice ! le sam 27 sept. et le 1er octobre

Duo — 2011 — Run time 45 min

Conception et chorégraphie : Maria Clara Villa-Lobos
Dansé par et créé avec 
: Barthélémy Valmont Manias et Maria Clara Villa-Lobos — Création et régie lumières : Hajer Iblisdir — Création sonore : Gaëtan Bulourde — Musiques supplémentaires : Pascal Ayerbe, Raymond Scott, MUM — Régie vidéo : Pierre Delcourt — Dessins et animations : Jérémy Dupuydt — Création des costumes : Catriona Petty — Scénographie et accessoires : Aurélie Deloche, Anne Ruellan — Regard extérieur et accompagnement artistique : Félicette Chazerand

Avec le soutien de : Théâtre des Doms, Wallonie - Bruxelles Théâtre / Danse — Accueil : Espace Albert Camus — Bron, Théâtre de Vénissieux, Biennale de la danse

Production XL Production/ Villa Lobos asbl et Cie Félicette Chazerand, avec l’aide du Service de la danse du Ministère de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles. Coproduction le Théâtre de Liège.

Photo © Charlotte Sampermans - Portrait © Danièle Hustin

To be explored

 

Lecture

Performative dances: deframed French choreographies, 1990-2010.

Café Danse - CCI, Palais du Commerce
Wed 17, 4 pm - Free Entry

Jan Fabre

Jan Fabre is Laurent Goumarre’s special guest for a conversation that’s open to the public. 

Théâtre Les Ateliers
Sat 20, 2pm - Free entry

History

Performance: a history in commentary and images. This lecture, open to all, offers a journey through the history of performance with video excerpts enriched by commentaries. 

Café Danse - CCI, Palais du Commerce
Fri 19, 6pm - Free entry

Cinema

Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present by Matthew Akers. A retrospective of her work which will be the opportunity for Abramović to answer the  question she is constantly asked: how is this art?

Cinéma Le Comoedia
Sun 21, 11.15am – Single price: €4.80

DVD

An event around the DVD Anna Halprin, Danser sa vie,  just released in France. An invitation to discover the career of this wonderful dancer through a historical presentation, screenings, and an exploration of the body. 

Théâtre Les Ateliers
Sat 27, 5.30pm - Free entry

Frigo Group

Performance art was one of the forms of artistic action produced by the Frigo group in Lyon in the 1980s. The Biennale has invited the players in that adventure to comment on a screening of their major performances of the time. 

Café Danse - CCI, Palais du Commerce
Sat 13 at 2pm

To be experienced

 

Ambra Senatore

Asta, an auction
Performance: Ambra holds an auction of everyday acts. The winning bidder will have their purchase performed at their home by Ambra Senatore.

Café Danse - CCI, Palais du Commerce
Thu 18, 12.30-2.30pm

Free entry 

 

Les Thermes

France Distraction - Living installation

A swimming pool filled with 25,000 black balls. On each ball, inscriptions borrowed from the Stoics. All you need to do is dive in, for a perfectly
literal immersion in a “big bath of morality”. A philosophical yet highly entertaining experience.

Café Danse - Palais du commerce
Wed 10, 17 and 24 and Sat 13 and 27, 1-5pm

Free entry, unlimited experimentation (subject to space)

Sat 20 at 2.30pm, 4pm and 5.30pm
Experiment assisted by Julien Fournet and Alice Popieul.

Free entry, booking required at ticket office

Thu 18 and Fri 19
Assisted experimentation, for schools only (booking required)