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7 Samouraïs
Compagnie Version 14
(France)
Giving life and movement to seven poems in public space
21-year-old hip-hop dancer (Bboy Rasco) and 54-year-old actor (André Layus) have decided to come together to pay tribute to seven poems in public space, bringing together two generations and means of expression in order to create movement. These texts by Cécile Coulon, Olivier Cadiot, Andrée Chedid, Jules Supervielle, Samuel Beckett, Ghérasim Luca and Arthur Rimbaud all make metaphorical reference to the values of Akira Kurosawa’s film, Seven Samurai, and will find their visual identity in confrontation with the social, urban and natural environment, by adapting to the mobility, movement and flow.

Following on from Villon d’après la ballade des pendus (2015) and L’Oeil de Polyphème (2017), this is the third creation by the Rennes-based company. It is first-and-foremost a remarkable encounter between poetry and dance, father and son, young and old, and between two bodies inhabited by their arts. Actor and director André Layus teams up with dancer Bboy Rasco (Oscar Lassus dit Layus), from the Dyptik company in Saint-Étienne, whose D-Construction et le Mirage (Un jour de fête) made a lasting impression on the festival. To create this moving tableau around seven poems by Cécile Coulon, Olivier Cadiot, Andrée Chedid, Jules Supervielle, Samuel Beckett, Ghérasim Luca and Arthur Rimbaud, they focused on the values expressed in Akira Kurosawa’s film, Seven Samurai.

This is the story of fighting to strike a balance between values and actions, the passage of time and the perpetual struggle for freedom. It is a battle under construction and reconstruction, expressed through the relationship between these two bodies and between them and public space. Through listening, adaptation, mobility and the experience of street performance and outdoor theatre, this is about “blending into the background” in the movement of bodies and the words of poets, in order to reinvent a relationship with urban space and others. It is a surprising and thrilling journey, bringing together a Japanese filmmaker, hip-hop dance and poetical text.

BIOGRAPHY

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Created in 2014 by actor and director André Layus (from companies such as Jo Bithume, Les Eléments DISPOnibles, Compagnie des Sirventès and Cuesta), the Rennes-based company, Version 14, has set itself the aim of meeting audiences outdoors to design theatrical projects that draw on the space and residents. Following on from Villon d’après la ballade des pendus (2015, directed by David Gauchard), and then a performance for 4 actors with L’Oeil de Polyphème (2017), the company has now ventured into a poetic and dance duo outdoors with 7 Samouraïs (7 Samurai), with Alice Millet (Director), Bruce Chiefare (Choreographer) and Denis Cefelman (Choreographer). Until late 2020, the company was also involved in a residency organised by the Ille-et-Vilaine Département Council in Liffré (Brittany) for artistic experiments entitled À la recherche de l’Autre.

DISTRIBUTION

Conception : André Layus
Direction d’acteurs et mise en scène : Alice Millet
Accompagnement chorégraphique : Denis Cefelman et Bruce Chiefare
Interprétation : Bboy Rasco, André Layus
Production : Sabine Montlahuc
Diffusion : Gwennina Sanfourche pour Les Gesticulteurs
Accompagnement administratif : Lorinne Florange pour Hectores.

Friday 08 July 2022
17:00 > 18:00
Les Ateliers du Vent, Rue Alexandre Duval, Rennes
Saturday 09 July 2022
17:00 > 18:00
Les Ateliers du Vent, Rue Alexandre Duval, Rennes

1h
Free
For all ages
Bus : 9, 13, Arrêt de Lesseps
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