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New Work
You are here (Vous êtes ici)
Patrice de Bénédetti
(France)
Dance solo in public space
Following on from Jean, Solo pour un monument aux morts, this new choreographic piece focuses on sport as a means of expression and upward social mobility. Coke cans come together with the cities of Marseille, Havana, Soweto, and thousands of children’s voices dancing together to echo the forgotten corners of the globe.

Patrice De Bénédetti is a long-time friend of Les Tombées de la Nuit and formerly toured with Compagnie Ex-Nihilo. He is returning for the first time since Solo pour un monument aux morts, which showed several times in Rennes, with a new dance solo, focusing on sport as a means of expression and upward social mobility. Starting in northern Marseille where he grew up, before travelling to the streets of Havana (Cuba) and the Soweto township (South Africa), he uses words and movements against a backdrop of scattered coke cans to map out the forgotten places of the world, placing stories from children, teenagers and young adults at the heart of his performance. You are here echoes the millions of voices longing to be heard.

Over the years, Patrice De Bénédetti has used music, dance, street theatre, directing and writing to develop a repertoire that has fed into his recent dance solos. He became an expert in the use of recorded voices with Jean, solo pour un monument aux morts (2014) and in the use of objects and autobiographical references, continuing this method with You are here, a new dance solo created for Les Tombées de la Nuit.

Starting with his own childhood in northern Marseille, he looks at sport as the most powerful means of upward social mobility in the world. The performance starts with two brothers seeking to break free of the confines of their neighbourhood to reach Sainte Marthe using football, before switching to baseball in Havana (Cuba) and boxing in Soweto (South Africa). Coke cans littering the floor break down the space in this light set design and the voices resonate with today’s tragic Mediterranean migrations.

In this hopeful song for the future, driven by sport, the voices of millions of children, teenagers and young adults echo the forgotten corners of the globe. You are here, whispers Patrice De Bénédetti, in this beautiful contemporary dance show.

BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1971 in Marseille, Patrice De Bénédetti started out as a musician (bassist for the band, Tarif Réduit) before discovering street theatre and working with the Karnavire and Inflammable companies. While continuing work as a composer, he joined the Ex Nihilo, Le Nomade Village, Cie Uz and Coutûmes companies to start dancing. With choreographer and dancer Yui Mitsuhashi, he founded the P2BYM company, focusing on work in public space with performances including Ôdan-hodô, Soto and Shûten. Jean was his first solo creation, developed in 2014 for the First World War centenary. Patrice De Bénédetti mixes dance, writing, interpreting and manipulating objects to perform beautiful texts (freshly written for his work), and a unique portrayal of hope, death, war and struggles. This year, in You are here, he continues his solo choreography work, with a show that is based again on interpreting and manipulating objects and autobiographical components, this time focusing on sport as a means of upward social mobility.

DISTRIBUTION

Patrice De Benedetti : author & choreographer.
Félicien Graugnard and Fabrice Nabé : external perspective

PRODUCTION

Co-production : Les Tombées de la Nuit (Rennes), in partnership with L’Intervalle (Noyal sur Vilaine) / l’usine Centre national des arts de la rue et de l’espace public (Tournefeuille – Toulouse Métropole) / La Paperie Centre national des arts de la rue et de l’espace public (Angers) in partnership with Le Carroi / Les Affranchis (La Flêche) / Le Boulon Centre national des arts de la rue et de l’espace public (Vieux Condé) / Art’R lieu de Fabrique Itinérant pour les Arts de la Rue (Paris) in partnership with Le Moulin Fondu Centre National des Arts de la Rue (Garge lès Gonesse) / La Lisière – La Constellation (Bruyères le Châtel) / Le Fourneau Centre national des arts de la rue et de l’espace public (Brest) en partenariat avec la Ville de Port Louis/ L ‘Atelier 231 Centre national des arts de la rue et de l’espace public (Sotteville lès Rouen)

With the support of Centre Social St Gabriel à Marseille, de La Petite Pierre (Gers) et d’ORPHEON (La Seyne sur Mer) en accueil en résidences d’écriture

Thursday 05 July 2018
19:30 > 20:15
Halle Saint-Hélier, Rue Saint-Hélier, Rennes
Friday 06 July 2018
19:30 > 20:15
Halle Saint-Hélier, Rue Saint-Hélier, Rennes
Saturday 07 July 2018
19:30 > 20:15
Halle Saint-Hélier, Rue Saint-Hélier, Rennes
45mn

Free
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