The performance Les Arpenteurs is born from a desire to unify dance and music, musicians and dancers, in a profound manner. Fruits of the meeting between artists who, for this event, initiate work methods in an attempt to cross their respective fields even further, this performance brings to the stage seven dancers and six percussionists. It is the occasion for each participant to feed his or her creativity in the universe of another. Michèle Noiret, choreographer of desire, of intimacy, of the imaginary and the troublesome, has, since her work with Stockhausen,
Dance and music have since the beginning of time been indivisible. Here, their union will once again be celebrated in a performance in which choreography exhausts its images in the universe of the city, escapades, solitudes and crowds. Metaphor that makes the dancers and the percussionist an allegory of social body, Les Arpenteurs meet, appear and are erased in an imaginary city, a city born from thought, in which the paths of some magnetise the paths of others.
In the same manner as the artists of this project approach the field of the others with differing results, the choreographic characters evolve through meeting in their search for a clue, an object, a trace that will show them what their destiny is in this city... Acity that never reveals itself in its entirety, but only by fragments, by translucent portions, by singular irreparable perspectives. The areas rub off on the beings, who in turn transform space.
Creation in May 2007 at Théâtre National in Brussels in copresentation with De Munt/La Monnaie.
Conception Compagnie Michèle Noiret and François Paris
A project initiated by Jean-Paul Bernard, director of Les Percussions de Strasbourg
Choreography Michèle Noiret
Original music composition François Paris
Choreographic assistant Pascale Gigon / On tour Dominique Duszynski
Musical informatic realisation Alexis Baskind / On tour Julien Aléonard
Danced by and created with
Elena Borghese, Julie Devigne, Dominique Godderis, Matthieu Guénégou, Nicolas Hubert, Isael Mata, Lise Vachon
Les Percussions de Strasbourg Jean-Paul Bernard (artistic direction), Claude Ferrier, Bernard Lesage, Keiko Nakamura, François Papirer, Olaf Tzschoppe
Set design and costumes Alain Lagarde
Model assistant Mathieu Bianchi
Technical assistant Hélène Herbeau
Costumes Assistant Patricia Eggerickx
Lighting design Xavier Lauwers
Technical direction Christian Halkin
Lighting technician Marc Lhommel
Sound engineer CIRM Nicolas Déflache / On tour Julien Aléornard
Instruments technician Laurent Fournaise, Martial Kiene
Stage technicians Christophe Blacha
Set and costumes making Ateliers du Théâtre National, Bruxelles
Driver/machinist Jean-Jacques Van Binnebeek
Photographer Sergine Laloux
Artistic collaboration Pascal Chabot
Production & tour manager Amandine Rimbert
Communication & press Alexandra de Laminne
Administration & coordination Cathy Zanté
Duration 85 min
Executive producers Compagnie Michèle Noiret/Tandem asbl
Producer CIRM, Centre National de Création Musicale (Nice) · Les Percussions de Strasbourg
Coproducers Théâtre National de la Communauté française · De Munt/La Monnaie · Charleroi-Danses, centre chorégraphique de la Communauté française · Théâtre de Namur, centre dramatique · La Filature, Scène nationale - Mulhouse · Arts 276/Automne en Normandie · Le-Maillon, Théâtre de Strasbourg – Scène Européenne · Musica, Festival international des musiques d’aujourd’hui (Strasbourg) · Pôle Sud, Scène conventionnée pour la danse et la musique (Strasbourg).
Produced with the support of the Ministry of Communauté française Wallonie-Bruxelles, Service de la Danse.
François Paris is director of CIRM, Centre National de Création Musicale and of Festival MANCA, in Nice.
The Compagnie Michèle Noiret is subsidized by Le Ministère de la Communauté française Wallonie-Bruxelles, Service de la Danse and receives the regular help of Wallonie-Bruxelles International (WBI).
Michèle Noiret is member of the Académie royale de Belgique.