"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 StrinopoulosProduction Alias Co-productions Theater Forum Meyrin, Theater du Crochetan Soutiens
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.