And what if we were to bring together Marie, Birdy and Tati on stage?
Swallowed up by the “infundibulum”, a giant funnel with wooden slopes, the acrobats and musicians enter into the depths of a sartorial and sensual subconscious. It is as if a man had laid out his entire wardrobe, a wardrobe made up of souvenirs and haunted by a series of mysterious characters: ghosts or puppets, both loved and scorned. They bond, disappear, come together, posing for ephemeral pictures, joined in an undefined quest.
Their acrobatics serve a mad scientist’s creation, a stubborn and exhausting machinery. The music unfolds tirelessly, enveloping their leaps and suspensions within a single bubble. But their fall is inevitable, as if the circus apparatus - the pole, pulley and juggling balls - had been set out to trap these obstinate dreamers.
Any attempt to escape or break free is bound to fail - until the final leap.
Set in motion by Mauro Paccagnella, this raging yet tender ballet brings together 8 acrobats and 3 musicians against the background of a monumental stage design, a structure made of wood and metal suspended at the back of the stage. A unique acrobatic and choreographic language is outlined along its vertiginous slopes. A series of pictures unfolds, fragments of our collective memory and subjective subconscious, somewhere between the real and the imaginary, madness and fragility. Infundibulum is a surprisingly unsettling and moving show, which avoids the grandiose and focuses on the intimate. Losing the way would mean following its path.
Mauro Paccagnella (I/B) is an Italian dancer, actor and choreographer who has lived in Brussels for the past 20 years. He switches between choreography, staging and the act of performing. Working with many Belgian companies (Flamand, Ponties, Traoré, De Soto, and so on), and has danced in films by Thierry De Mey and Nicole Mossoux. Since 2002 he has performed with choreographer Caterina Sagna in Relazione Pubblica, Heil Tanz!, Basso Ostinato and P.O.M.P.E.I.
A co-founder in 1993 of the « Un oeuf is un oeuf - Biters Productions » company, he created the Woosh'ing Mach'ine collective in 1998. After Cyber Beans (SACD Award 1998) and research project Dog-Tricks (among them Babylonia Kiss with Alessandro Bernardeschi),), he created The Siegfried's Swan Song (2006-2011) tetralogy. He set and directed the last two creations of the Belgian contemporary circus company Feria Musica Infundibulum in 2009 and Sinué in 2012.
He is currently performing in creations by Caterina Sagna for Bal En Chine and with Olga de Soto for Autour de la Table Verte by Kurt Jooss.
Source : The company Woosh'ing Mach'ine 's website
More information : wooshingmachine.com
Artistic direction / Conception : Philippe de Coen
Choreography : Mauro Paccagnella
Interpretation : Mathieu Antajan, Anke Bucher, Loïc Faure, Julien Fournier, Pascale Loiseau, Jean-Pierre Pagliari, Thomas Perrier, Anne Pribat
Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy : Anne Ducamp
Stage direction : Mauro Paccagnella
Set design : Anne Ducamp, Philippe de Coen et Bruno Renson
Original music : Olivier Thomas
Live music : Marc Anthony, Olivier Hestin, Adrien Lambinet / Dree Peremans
Lights : Philippe Baste, Serge Simon, Gaëtan van den Berg ; Serge Simon / Thomas Dobruszkès
Costumes : Françoise Van Thienen, Marie Nils
Settings : Bruno Renson
Technical direction : Nicolas Haber
Sound : Nicolas Haber
Other collaborations : Luis Vergara Santiago (garçon de piste) ; Pierre Robelin (régie générale) ; Yuri Sakalov, Alessandro Bernardeschi, Foucault Falguerolles (intervenants)
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : produit par Feria Musica asbl, en coproduction avec l'Agora, scène conventionnée de Boulazac (F) • Charleroi/danses, PBA+EDEN (B) • Le Cirque-Théâtre d'Elbeuf (F) • La Coursive, scène nationale de La Rochelle (F) • Le Cratère, scène nationale d'Alès (F) • l'Espace des Arts, scène nationale de Chalon-sur-Saône (F) • La Maison de la Culture de Tournai/ PLÔT (B/F) • Le Phénix, scène nationale de Valenciennes (F) • Le Sémaphore, scène conventionnée de Cébazat (F).
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