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THE GIANTS
a choreographic tale

In the mountains live two giants, playful and protective goddesses. In their wonderful world, they prepare a journey full of surprises, colorful and poetic... Let’s meet them!

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Artistic Statement

 

The Giants is a poetic and marvelous choreographic tale. Within mountains of paper, our two characters come to life, playing at becoming each other's giantess. Human and monstrous, dangerous and fascinating, they will enjoy guiding us into their imaginary world, populated by spirits, shadows and captivating colors.

Gigantism is essentially, in Western mythologies, a masculine attribute. All the stories relating the presence of colossal characters depict ogres, titans, cyclops. Models of strength and violence, they represent primitive beings, obstacles to harmony and peace, whom gods, goddesses and human beings make it their mission to surpass.

But in these stories other characters are hidden with more complexity and multiplicity, carried by deities or feminine spirits just as disproportionate. Carrying attention to the world, openness to others and the pleasure of living, they allow us to reconnect with the realm of our emotions.

 

Like the divine Gaia, Amalthea with her broken horn or even Baobo with her bright laughter, our Giantesses become the nurses and protectors of this world. Creatures with plural identities, they take us on a journey into a microcosm where everything is just nuances, where each word is a movement, where light and music are constantly transformed. The Giants is a love letter to our power to dream, an odyssey within reach of all eyes.

Antoine Arbeit

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Creation 2024

• For young and older audiences (from 5)

• Participative version

Duration

• 35 minutes for youngest

• 55 minutes for all audiences

Places

• For the stage

Choreography • Antoine Arbeit

Dance • Eve Bouchelot, Mathilde Plateau

Scenography • Grégoire Faucheux

Music • Séverine Morfin

Light • Florian Laze

Costumes • Jeanne Sevez

Production © Cie Ex Novo

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Partnerships

Programming the show

• L'Étoile du Nord | Scène conventionnée pour la danse (Paris, France)

• Théâtre de Vanves | Scène conventionnée pour la danse et les écritures contemporaines à travers les arts (Vanves, region of Paris, France)

• La Minoterie | Scène conventionnée Art Enfance Jeunesse (Dijon, France)

• Le Théâtre de Beaune (Beaune, Burgundy, France)

• Centre Chorégraphique National de Tours | direction Thomas Lebrun (Tours, France)

Coproductions

• Royaumont | abbaye & fondation

• Théâtre de Vanves | Scène conventionnée pour la danse et les écritures contemporaines à travers les arts

• Le réseau des Petites Scènes Ouvertes

• Le Dancing | CDCN de Dijon Bourgogne Franche-Comté

Institutional supports

• DRAC Bourgogne Franche-Comté

• Région Bourgogne Franche-Comté

• Fondation Cléo Tiberge-Edrom, sous l'égide de la Fondation de France 

With the support of Caisse des Dépôts sponsorship.

Residencies

• L'Étoile du Nord | Scène conventionnée pour la danse (Paris, France)

Centre Chorégraphique National de Tours | direction Thomas Lebrun (Tours, France)

• Le Laboratoire Chorégraphique (Reims, France)

• L'atheneum | centre culturel de l'université de Bourgogne (Dijon, France)

• La Pratique | AFA de l'Indre, résidanses pluridisciplinaires (Vatan, France)

Photos © Pierre Lison

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