Photo : L'Homme de la rue © Paul Changarnier
Average Joe (L’Homme de la rue)
Collectif A/R
Physical dance and body percussion
With their fourth creation, Lyon-based Collectif A/R takes one street, two drumkits, two dancers and face-to-face spectators to create a stunningly physical and contagious dance, whose, gestural, audio and rhythmic domino-effect draws performers and spectators together in a collective free-for-all.

Collectif A/R was formed around the shared desire to blend live percussion and contemporary dance. In 2012, they launched their first performance, État des lieux, an in-situ dialogue between a drummer, two dancers and outdoor space. For their fourth creation, Thomas Demay and Paul Changarnier have adopted the same immersive approach, with two dancers and two drummers in the street. Working on the principle that one man can change the world, this gestural, audio and rhythmic domino-effect gradually takes hold of the three other partners and then the spectators in a collective free-for-all. It is a powerful, physical and catchy dance that explores the loss of our bearings and the notion of community.

This staging forms a playground at the heart of urban life, similar to previous creations, États des lieux, and the solo, Ma présence est un mensonge, but a break from the staging of Home. With this performance, Collectif A/R continues its research on developing dialogue between live music and contemporary dance. This time, Paul Changarnier, Thomas Demay and Julia Moncla place two musicians (drummers) and two dancers in the street, with the audience facing one another. In this encounter on the pavement, Average Joe uses pulsing rhythms and physical dancing to explore the notion of a domino effect whereby one man or woman can influence the course of history more than they ever thought possible.

Starting with simple facts of outdoor life (snippets of conversations, a woman at the door, a group of kids racing, a spontaneous game of football), this catchy gestural masterpiece gets people dancing as they listen and respond to the rhythm. The lead individual gradually gets his three partners to join in a succession of actions, followed by the audience who are invited to come together in a collective free-for-all.

Providing “dance and music for the street”, this energetic and sensitive musical dance explores the gradual integration of an individual in the group.


Collectif A/R was founded in 2012 after a fruitful encounter between dancers and choreographers Thomas Demay and Julia Moncla and percussionist Paul Changarnier while studying at CNSMD in Lyon. They blend live music (drums and percussion) with contemporary dance, with the aim of “confusing and mixing them to emphasise their uniqueness”. Their first in-situ performance, États des Lieux, continued these explorations in France and beyond, followed by a solo dance piece (Ma Présence est un mensonge) and then a third stage creation (Home). Average Joe is the fourth creation by this Lyon-based collective, which is open to experiences and external perspectives.


Design and choreography : Thomas Demay
Musical composition : Paul Changarnier and Sébastien Hervier
Dancers : Thomas Demay and either Olivia Caillaud or Léa Darrault. Either Sébastien Hervier or Paul Changarnier with Théo His-Mahier.
Sound system : Anouk Audart
Sound and technical management : Anouk Audart or Magali Larché
Choreography assistant : Julia Moncla
Costumes : Emilie Piat
Friendly advice : Marie-Lise Naud


Production : Collectif A/R
Coproductions : Création en cours dispositif de Médicis-Clichy-Montfermeil – Ministère de la Communication et de la Culture / La Fête de la Danse, Neuchâtel (Suisse) / Festival Et 20 l’Eté, Paris / l’Abattoir – Centre National des Arts de la Rue et de l’Espace Public – Pôle arts de rue , Chalon-sur- Saône / Format Ardèche, Ucel / Fondazione Piemonte Dal Vivo, Torino (Italie)
Residences : Ecole élémentaire de Simard / l’Abattoir – Centre National des Arts de la Rue et de l’Espace Public – Pôle arts de rue , Chalon-sur- Saône / Format Ardèche, Ucel / Lavanderia a Vapore, Torino (Italie)
Studios : Studio Lucien – Compagnie Propos, Lyon / Les Subsistances, Lyon / Collectif La Méandre, Chalon-sur- Saône / Le Regard du Cygne, Paris / CCN Rilleux-la-Pape / Pôle Pik et Espace Albert Camus, Bron
Supports : DRAC Auvergne – Rhône-Alpes Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication au titre de l’aide pour ce projet / Ville de Paris et Ville de Lyon

Friday 06 July 2018
18:30 > 19:10
Rue Léonard de Vinci, Rennes
Friday 06 July 2018
21:00 > 21:40
Rue Léonard de Vinci, Rennes
Saturday 07 July 2018
18:30 > 19:10
Rue Léonard de Vinci, Rennes
Saturday 07 July 2018
21:00 > 21:40
Rue Léonard de Vinci, Rennes

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