In 2013, João dos Santos Martins and Cyriaque Villemaux entered into a discussion in the form of an exchange of filmed improvisations, or the composition of « post-memory » dances.
In their words : « These recorded dances, deleted since then, carried residues that we identified as influences, as many striking images. Each known or anonymous model, whose weight stiffens our limbs, has inspired the composition of dances according to our memory. The time gaps between the models we reproduced suppose a kind of narration. We did not exaggerate its effects. It is not about another staged dance history but a stage practice brought out of the aquarium to be asphyxiated once and for all. » The result is intimately linked to the body, to the way movements feed off each other, and build. In their words again, « The making of this piece would have been impossible without the help of technical devices which today could appear as basic: a cheap video camera, a cheap sound recorder, a so-called smartphone, and two computers connected to the Internet. These utensils were used in the simplest manner, most often far from our hands. The recorded materials come from the following European cities. The dates coincide with the European summer holidays during the months of June, July and August. These materials were hence gathered in the manner of vacations’ documents, ours and those of the people present at the same time. »
Updating: June 2016
Dos Santos Martins, João
João dos Santos Martins, dancer and choreographer, was born in 1989 in Santarém, Portugal. He trained in Lisbon, Montpellier, P.A.R.T.S and Giessen. Choreographers he has worked with include Eszter Salamon, Xavier Le Roy, Rui Horta, Ana Borralho and João Galante. In 2013, he staged The Rite of Spring with Min Kyoung Lee, and Continued Project in 2015. He also collaborated with Teatro Praga on Tropa Fandanga.
Cyriaque Villemaux trained at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris and then at P.A.R.T.S, graduating in 2012. As a performer, he has worked with Noé Soulier and Xavier Le Roy. He also creates projects of his own, either solo or in partnership, notably with Polina Akhmetzyanova and Néstor García Diaz.
Centre national de la danse, Réalisation
Artistic direction / Conception : João dos Santos Martins et Cyriaque Villemaux
Interpretation : João dos Santos Martins et Cyriaque Villemaux
Lights : Rui Monteiro