Le Poids des Eponges


Le Poids des Eponges

"We do not do what we want yet we are responsible for who we are." Jean-Paul Sartre

"They wield inestimable power: they make us want to waltz with them, our faces smudged with tears." Le Temps

  • Length 61 min

    Choregraphy Guilherme Botelho

    Assistant Fabio Bergamaschi

    Music Chostakovitch (Valse N°2), Scarlatti (Sonate K 213 en ré-mineur), Chico Buarque (Vai passar)

    Sound mix Andrès Garcia

    Costumes Caroline de Cornière

    Tailoring Marion Schmid

    Valse teacher Béatrice Bravo

    Scenography Gilles Lambert

    Lights Arnaud Viala

    Interpretation (re-creation) : Fabio Bergamaschi, Elsa Couvreur, Johannes Lind, Erik Lobelius, Marie-Louise Nespolo, Madeleine Piguet Raykov ou Luisa Schofer, Ambre Pini, Amaury Réot, Claire-Marie Ricarte, Candide Sauvaux, Christos Strinopoulos

    Production Alias

    Co-productions Theater Forum Meyrin, Theater du Crochetan


    Fondation Meyrinoise du Casino, Fondation Artephila and Loterie Romande.

    Alias is granted a joint subsidy by the City of Meyrin, the City of Geneva, the Canton of Geneva and Pro Helvetia – Swiss Foundation for the Promotion of Culture.

    Alias is a dance company associated to the Theater Forum Meyrin (Geneva) and the Theater Crochetan (Valais).

    Re-Creation 2012 / Theater Forum Meyrin

  • The Weight of a Sponge (Le Poids des Eponges) invites one to cast a quirky – lucid but distant – look at our daily routines.  It gives one the feeling of doing something for the very first time. Perhaps this quirkiness – the surreal touch – is the result of a vision freed from the filter of our own habits? The original aim was to question our perception and interpretation of reality.  

    The choreography is a mix of instants and situations where the comical contests with the strange.  The piece comprises three acts. One scene is repeated in every act with only the relevant contingent changes, so that three different paths of life involving the same dancers are sketched out.
    This unconventional repetition of an identical reality upsets the perception of the spectator. The choreographer emphasized confusion, illusion, our partial and partisan perception of reality. Dancers slip on a certain image of a fictitious reality and turn our perception upside down. We slide furtively on the mirror of water just as we do in our own lives.