Excerpts of the performance and interview of Kitsou Dubois.
Choreographer and dance researcher
Artistic director of Ki Productions
As part of her partnerships with scientists and researchers, Kitsou Dubois has been on parabolic flights – the only way to experience zero gravity while staying “on Earth”, whereby a plane goes up to a high altitude, turns off the ignition and comes down in free fall. The body is rendered weightless for 20 seconds, and then crashes back onto the plane floor. These flights recreate the zero-gravity living conditions of astronauts in orbital stations.
In 1990, Kitsou Dubois went on a parabolic flight organised by the CNES (National Centre for Space Studies), which allowed her to experience a few seconds of zero gravity. From this original experience, she has developed projects based on the body faced with states of altered gravity: she has worked on the bodies of dancers in the water, of acrobats on circus apparatuses, and of astronauts in the plane. She now examines through her productions how movement is born, the ambiguity of the body’s limits, and the moment of appearance.
Her choreography creates new states of the body, which blur the limits between heavy and light, dancers and acrobats, live bodies and projected bodies. Visuals are both the witness and memory of the weightless body, and a privileged partner that offers other densities to the body. They also help to open up the stage onto other spaces.
Kitsou Dubois creates dreamlike plays, which distort the audience’s perception. Movements alternate between disorientation and anchorage. The bodies of the performers and the bodies of the spectators are linked in a common disorientation. During this artistic’ course, the company has developed expertises and original propositions to meet various audiences (workshop in water, nights “come back flights”, meetings between artists and scientifics…)
Source :Kitsou Dubois 's website
More information : kitsoudubois.com
Artistic direction / Conception : Kitsou Dubois
Choreography : Kitsou Dubois
Interpretation : Damien Fournier, Boris Gibé, Chloé Moglia
Text : Sonia Chiambretto - Le texte de Sonia Chiambretto a été écrit suite aux laboratoires de recherche pour la création de « Traversées ». Le texte intégral s’intitule « Chutes Frontières, zéro gravité » (agent théâtral L’Arche). »
Original music : Pierre Boscheron
Lights : Sylvie Garot, Raphaël Vincent
Costumes : Agnès Marillier
Settings : Sylvain Giraudeau
Other collaborations : Sylvain Giraudeau et Gilbert Delanoue (régie générale), Benjamin Furbacco (Régie informatique son et capteurs)
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Ki Productions, soutenue par la Fondaiton BNP Paribas
The BNP Paribas Foundation
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