In Tragédie, Olivier Dubois projects us into a “feeling of the world” which is more than a choreography. The simple fact of being human does not make Humanity, this is the tragedy of our existence. Because it is only through bodies, through the terrestrial tension born from the steps taken by everyone, and by our conscious and voluntary commitments that this humanity will emerge. Over exposed in their nudity, to incarnate the clear anatomic variation in a better manner, nine women and nine men come up with an original bodily condition, a request from their human gender, after getting rid of their psychological, historical and sociological problems… and ultimately establishing a chorus of a glorious body/song. To walk, to be adjusted, to face up, in the beginning through a constant back and forth movement – then through a pounding of the floor and thus making the step the basic gesture of their willpower. Like in Révolution, Olivier gives us an obvious, obsessional or even a hypnotic show where in a movement of sorting and surfing, these women and men blend, disappear; the friction in their contact creates a thunder. A gap opens up and lets us catch a glimpse of a precious transcendance of human community in this terrestrial commotion.
“Tragédie is like a man’s footstep, moving toward awareness.”
– Olivier Dubois
Duration: 90 min
A production by COD / Compagnie Olivier Dubois. In coproduction with Avignon festival, L’apostrophe scène nationale de Cergy-Pontoise et du Val d’Oise, CENTQUATRE – Paris, La Rose des vents Scène nationale Lille Métropole à Villeneuve d’Ascq, Mâcon Scène nationale, Ballets de Monte-Carlo/Monaco Dance Forum, Malandain Ballet Biarritz dans le cadre de l’accueil studio, la Communauté d’agglomération de Saint-Quentin-en- Yvelines – Le Prisme. COD receives the DRAC Ile de France – Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication choreographic company, the Région Ile- de-France, the Conseil Général du Val d’Oise, the SPEDIDAM help, la Communauté d’agglomération de Saint-Quentin-en- Yvelines – Le Prisme. Olivier Dubois is associated artist to le CENTQUATRE-Paris.