“The space of our life is neither continuous, nor infinite, homogeneous, isotropic. But do we precisely know where it breaks, where it curves, where it disconnects, and where it reassembles? We vaguely sense the cracks, hiatuses, points of friction, we sometimes have the vague impression that it jams, bursts or collides.”
This quote by Georges Perec illustrates the journey five characters dive into, facing, throughout the piece, the ambient chaos that confuses those around them. When the situation appears inexorable, can one rhapsodise over escape and devise solutions for breaking out? How does one cope with these interior upheavals that this chaos provokes? Le Chant des ruines turns an inquiring gaze to our society in perpetual transformation. The contrasting images, of great intensity, portray our relation to the world, questioning it while keeping our distance, the necessary derision and humour to not lose all hope.
In a purified stage set-up, light and interactive, Michèle Noiret, in collaboration with David Drouard, reinvents her choreographic composition and her way of fusing the languages of dance and cinema, which characterises her work with her company for many years.
Cast & credits
Conception, staging Michèle Noiret
Choreography Michèle Noiret, David Drouard
Created with and performed by Alexandre Bachelard, Harris Gkekas, Liza Penkova, Sara Tan, Denis Terrasse
Artistic collaborator David Drouard
Video creation and stage cameraman Vincent Pinckaers
Original music composition, interactions and sound technician Todor Todoroff
Additional music Summer Samba by Walter Wanderley, An der schönen blauen Donau, Op 314 by Johann Strauss II, Back to Black by Amy Winehouse & Mark Ronson, Saturno o cipolla by Eric Aldea
Set design Wim Vermeylen
Light design and technician Gilles Brulard
Costumes Silvia Ruth Hasenclever
Technical direction Christian Halkin / Gilles Brulard
Video developer and technician Frédéric Nicaise
Photography Sergine Laloux
Production and tour manager Claire Geyer
Communication and press Alexandra de Laminne
Administration and coordination Cathy Zanté
Production Compagnie Michèle Noiret/Tandem asbl.
Coproduction Charleroi/danses - Centre chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Théâtre National de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.
Residence « La Fabrique Chaillot » - Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse (Paris).
Support Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles - Service de la Danse, Loterie Nationale, Wallonie-Bruxelles International (WBI)., Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government - Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter empowered by Belfius, Adami.