PLAY : Contemporary art dance scenography.
I worked with Louis Clement Dacosta, a French dancer and Jou Oguru, a Japanse dancer.
They were both choreographs and Dancers. I was in charge of the scenography. ‘PLAY’ is the title of the piece, so they asked me to create a modular system, where they could literally play with it.
With a reference to the Japanese culture, I decided to use the Tatami aesthetic.
Made out of cardboard bee structure, light and resistant, the dancers will be able to transform the space themselves. No need to close the curtain and change the scene. As contemporary dance piece, they will do everything live. Depending on their movements and story, they will be able to change the geometry of the space live on stage.
One of the big challenges with this project, they didn’t have budget. They were supposed to move from one theatre to another. So, they should transport the structure easily and they couldn’t afford technicians on stage to help them.
So, I create a structure made out of cardboard and tape, cheap and easy to find. Once they move to another country, they just have to buy cardboard there. If one piece became dirty after a show, they make a new one and recycle the old one. I tried to create a minimal and sustainable economic structure.
Images form ‘Le theatre de l’usine’, a theater in Suitzerland.
Choreograph : Louis-Clément da Costa & Jou Oguru
Music : POL
Lights : Florent Naulin
Motion-Design : Maxime Chappet
Scenography : Christophe Guérin
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