Stage full-length film
A dance-cinema for five dancers and a cameraman
Creation on 24, 25, 26, 27, 30 April & 2, 3, 4, 7, 8 May 2013 at Théâtre National in Brussels.
Première in France on 14, 15, 16 May 2013 at Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris.
“For several years Michèle Noiret has been thinking about and building bridges between dance and cinema. Critic Gérard Mayen coined the term “dance-cinema” to describe her work. Hors-champ is part of the continuity of this search, pushing back the boundaries of ambiguity between reality and fiction. The idea is not to juxtapose the image with dance but rather to develop a stage and cinematographic composition that allows the two media to blend together and feed each other to create a work at the junction of the two. Immersed in Todor Todoroff’s enchanting sound compositions, five dancers filmed by a camera operator fill Sabine Theunissen’s stage design, which is worthy of a cinema set. The device changes the linear temporality of the performance, it deconstructs and disrupts the spatial perspectives. It transforms the closed space of the black box: the filmed “hors-champs” – off screen – add space to the stage space. The “hallucinatory reality”, which surrounds us and surprises us every day, is one of the motifs of this piece. Hors-champ plunges the spectator into a multidimensional universe in which the diversity of perspectives fascinates us and leads us into unexpected, parallel worlds, real and virtual, where present, past and future tenses blur into each other.”
A couple is invited to dinner at a grand villa in an affluent neighbourhood. After just settling into the living room, the butler and one of the guests recognize each other. The dinner will never take place.