The drums beat in the distance. They arrive, in a procession, taking possession of the space. A community of men from faraway countries: six male dancers (Kenya, Gabon, Morocco, Greece, Ivory Coast) and three musicians (Gnawa). They are the Moors, the choir of a single choreographic score. Six dancers, with their share of masculinity and feminity, narrate for us their version of human folly around a single interpretation, a figure, the character of Othello. By taking the tragedy of Othello as his base, Bernardo Montet attempts to make the voice of the stranger heard (stranger by condition, stranger by choice or by renunciation). A work that brings us back to identity in its most archaic meaning: first desire, first embrace, relationship with the ground, with walking, with the voice. In so doing, he creates a language that speaks to us of separation, of the body, of its culture and of its relationship with society: from love to war. O.More acts like a trance, a transgressive and liberating state. Bernardo Montet has entered into the theatre from the viewpoint of dance, and has entered into the text with men standing. The sketch of this gesture is abstract, epic and powerful.
Bernardo Montet is currently an associate artist with the SEcW project in Morlaix and artist-in-residence at the Théâtre Louis Aragon in Tremblay-en-France. He was director of the Centre Chorégraphique National de Tours from 2003 to the end of 2011.
After a period spent at Maurice Béjart’s Mudra school in Brussels, he pursued his career with the choreographer Catherine Diverrès, and was joint director with her of the Centre Chorégraphique National de Rennes until 1998. From 1997 onwards, Bernardo Montet gathered around himself a team of loyal collaborators: Tal Beit Halachmi, Taoufiq Izeddiou, Dimitri Tsiapkinis and Marc Veh, with whom he composed a repertoire of some twenty works. Since Pain de Singe, a founding solo devised together with the filmmaker Téo Hernandez (1987), he has signed such works as, in 1997 Issê Timossé (with the complicity of Pierre Guyotat, author and reciter), in 1998 Beau Travail (in collaboration with Claire Denis), in 2001 Racine’s Bérénice (co-written with Frédéric Fisbach), and O.More (with Gnawa musicians) in 2002.
In Tours, he created nine pieces: Parcours 2C (vobiscum) (with the plastic artist Gilles Touyard) in 2004, Coupédécalé with Eran Tzur for the musical composition (2005), Les batraciens s’en vont (2006) and Batracien, l’après-midi (2007), two works produced together with Lorella Abenavoli for the electroacoustic creation, Apertae (2008), Switch me off (co-written with Thomas Ferrand, 2009), God needs sacrifice (2010), Isao, a solo written for and in collaboration with the Malagasy choreographer Gaby Saranouffi, and Des Hommes, a group work in collaboration with the historian and critic Geneviève Vincent in December 2011.
In July 2011, he was made an Officier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
In 2012, Bernardo Montet accompanied Madeleine Louarn for the show Les Oiseaux (from Aristophanes’ Birds), while at the same time working on a duo entitled (Des)incarnat(s), with one of the actors of the Atelier Catalyse, on the notion of Vulnerable.
All his pieces, buoyed up by demand and radicality, deal with subjects dear to his heart: colonialism, memory, identity, consciousness of the body, resistance, to name but a few. Each choreography springs up from the previous one to weave an image that is both similar and different: the bodies, in their poetical and political dimension, replay the world surrounding us.
Bernardo Montet also develops unusual projects with children, such as ChOral (2013), Mom’arts (2011 and 2014), and in the urban space with Pas à Pas (2013), La Marche des Anges (2007), and Veiller par le geste (2008, 2010).
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Choreography : Bernardo Montet
Choreography assistance : Tal Beit-Halachmi
Interpretation : Marius Abdoulaye Konate, Mani Asumani Mungai, Taoufiq Izeddiou, Bernardo Montet, Dimitri Tsiapkinis, Marc Veh
Live music : Musiciens gnawa : Zine El Abidine Bassis, Adil Amimi, Lahsen Mhidi
Additionnal music : Fabrication basse électroacoustique : Kenan Trevien
Lights : Laurent Matignon
Costumes : Rose-Marie Melka
Sound : Alain L'Helgoual'ch
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Coproduction : Association Mawguerite, Montpellier danse 02, Le Quartz – scène nationale de Brest Avec le soutien de l'AFAA et de l'Institut français de marrakech Remerciements : Cie Jant-Bi / Ecole des Sables – Toubab Dialaw, La Maison du Chameau - Essaouira