Black Out

Opting for an unusual stage set-up, Philippe Saire has the audience looking down from all four sides of a black box, 2.5 m. high. In this cube, this “lions’ den”, three dancers perform, delivered up to our gaze, making them appear very near at times, and at others far away. Under our very eyes, a moving, pictorial composition is taking shape, changing according to variations in the light and in the movement of the dancers. Proximity or detachment? Intimacy or voyeurism?

Black Out, after Philippe Saire’s more theatrical recent productions, renews with the plenitude of movement and bears witness to his fondness for drawing. Here, materiality is at the centre of the performance in the form of a black granulated floor, consisting of thousands of fragments in which the dancers’ movements leave traces, thus com- posing a choreographic piece inside which is a work of fine art. An elegy to our darker side, Black Out is an appeal for contemplation. 

In any case, this original scenography upsets all our representations and the sensations experienced are as unusual, if not as unsettling, as the physical situation in which we are placed.
For here the distance between stage and audience and the usual frontal confrontation are done away with. Philippe Saire experiments with a new way of apprehending space and of displaying the dancers’ bodies. The point of view is vertically, not horizontally oriented and the spectator experiences a new way of seeing, of being in relation to the stage. The effect is striking and perfectly adapted to this graphic and choreographic work.
 

PHILIPPE SAIRE, choregorapher

Philippe Saire was born in Algeria, where he spent the first five years of his life. After moving to Lausanne, he trained in contemporary dance and then went abroad to pursue his training, in- cluding a spell in Paris. In 1986, he created his own company. After settling in the Lausanne region, it has gone on to develop its own creative rep- ertoire, and has actively contributed to the emergence of contemporary dance throughout Switzerland.

In 1995, the Compagnie Philippe Saire inaugurated its own creative workspace, the Théâtre Sévelin 36. Located in Lausanne, the theatre is entirely dedicated to contemporary dance and is host to performances of international stature but also programs local companies in order to encourage their development. In 1998, Philippe Saire was awarded the Grand Prix by the Vaud Foundation for artistic promotion and creation. The same year, he won the Prix d’auteur du Conseil Général de Seine-Saint- Denis (France), at the Sixth Inter- national Choreographic Meeting, for his piece Étude sur la Légèreté. In 2004, Philippe Saire received the Swiss dance and choreography prize, awarded by ProTanz, Zürich. The Compagnie Philippe Saire has created 26 shows to date, with more than 1’000 performances in 160 towns and cities across Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas.

The Compagnie also per- forms regularly at exhibitions and art galleries, in gardens, urban spaces and other outdoor venues. Since 2002, the Cartogra- phies project, combining perfor- mance and video creation, has born witness to Saire’s constant desire to get dance out of the interior performing space.

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Premiere
Španski borci Cultural Center, 21 and 22 October 2015


Credits


choreography
Philippe Saire

in collaboration with dancers
Philippe Chosson, Maëlle Desclaux, Jonathan Schatz

dancers on tour
Maëlle Desclaux, Benjamin Kahn, Mickaël Henrotay Delaunay Dramatist
Roberto Fratini Serafide

stage design & lights
Philippe Saire

set and lighting consultants
Sylvie Kleiber, Laurent Junod

sound design
Stéphane Vecchione

costumes
Tania D’Ambrogio

technical director
Vincent Scalbert

lighting
Yan Godat, Pascal Di Mito, Joran Hegi

with the support of
Ville de Lausanne, Canton de Vaud, Pro Helvetia – Fondation suisse pour la culture, Loterie Romande, Fondation de Famille Sandoz, Corodis, Pour-cent culturel Migros, Fondation SIS, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, Sixt.