Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

L’après-midi d’un foehn
Version 1

Phia Ménard / Cie Non Nova

08 > 11.02.2023
Dance – Younger audience

The multidisciplinary artist Phia Ménard finally comes to the Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles with one of the most emblematic pieces of her repertoire: L’après-midi d’un foehn Version 1. In the first opus of the Pièces de vent (‘Wind plays’) cycle, the performer looks at the air that surrounds us. Here, the material to which we rarely pay attention, becomes an artistic object in its own right, opening wide the doors of a poetic and aerial imagination. The foehn is that vigorous, hot, dry, “snow-eating” southerly wind, whose aggravating effect on mood and behavior is documented by the University of Munich Ludwig-Maximilians. Based on the influence of matter on our mood swings, Phia Ménard creates a utopia in which humans control the wind.

On the stage, to the sound of three musical works by Claude Debussy – L’après-midi d’un faune, Nocturnes and Dialogue du vent et de la mer
a ballet master surrounded by ventilators gives life to a cloud of plastic bags transformed into puppets that fly up, descend, turn and twirl under the effect of the currents of the silent vortex.

In this volatile parable, there is a sensitive and critical dimension: Phia Ménard’s gestures relate to transformation, she erodes matter and individuals; each new gesture creates radiant, dancing worlds, where the human and the non-human are one. Something interlinks them.

Ultimately, L’après-midi d’un foehn Version 1 invites us to wonder, before what is impalpable and brilliantly tamed in a performance/installation, as if it were pieces of matter: Isn’t air the real matter of life?

Calendar

Information

Duration

25'

Venue

Studio

Price

Single price 8€

Cast

Direction & Senography
Phia Ménard

Puppets
Claire Rigaud

Sound design
Ivan Roussel d’après l’œuvre de Claude Debussy

Soundtrack distribution (alternating)
Olivier Gicquiaud
Mateo Provost
David Leblanc
Ivan Roussel

Stage manager
Olivier Gicquiaud

Co-Director, Administrator and Touring
Claire Massonnet

Administration and production assistant
Constance Winckler

Communication and production officer
Justine Lasserrade

La Compagnie Non Nova – Phia Ménard est conventionnée et soutenue par
l’État – Préfet de la région des Pays de la Loire - direction régionale des affaires culturelles, la Ville de Nantes, le Conseil Régional des Pays de la Loire et le Conseil Départemental de Loire-Atlantique. Elle reçoit le soutien de la Fondation BNP Paribas et de l’Institut Français

Special thanks to
Pierre Orefice, les enseignantes et élèves de l’Ecole Gaston Serpette / Nantes (Maternelle et Cours Préparatoire année 2008/2009), Pierre Watelet et Mathilde Carton du Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle / Nantes, et Pascal Leroux du Collectif la Valise / Nantes.

La Compagnie Non Nova – Phia Ménard est artiste associée à Malraux scène nationale Chambéry Savoie et au TNB, Centre Européen Théâtral et Chorégraphique de Rennes.

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