en vie … en ville

Photo : Rocio Ojeda ©DA MOTUS
2003

Swiss dance artists DA MOTUS! create a remarkable questioning performance. Their practice takes the form of meticulously choreographing their dramatically costumed bodies into site-specific organic installations, as it were, using a continually innovative, highly gestural, hyperbolic and surreal vocabulary.

 

This cutting-edge, spectacular visual grammar is scripted into a silent geometrical ballet involving extreme metaphor, fantasy and control.

 

The supple plasticity and precise drill of the group’s lively style cannot be coded as conventional theatre, dance or body art. The transgressive articulation fissures the categorical, embraces the absurd and relentlessly strips aesthetic norms to reveal an essential message.

 

A stark blend of the mechanical with the explosively intense, the artists’ critical intervention in public space is a mode of perfected synchrony, apparently directed and energized by a unique outstanding will, seemingly martial and urgent, but finally burlesque and touching. The performance questions about the logic of the alienated relationships human beings create with the urban environment.

 

 

Informations

idea and artistic direction

Antonio Bühler, Brigitte Meuwly

choreography

Antonio Bühler, Brigitte Meuwly, in collaboration with the dancers.

Previous participation (2003) of Christiane Loch and Silvano Mozzini (www.carambole-dance.ch)

Dance

Antonio Bühler, Brigitte Meuwly, Tae Peter, Dominique Cardito, Ismael Oiartzabal, Maelle Desclaux

music

Philippe Héritier

costumes

Brigitte Meuwly

Comunication

Sabrina Deladerière

Production

Antonio Bühler

support

Department for Culture Canton Fribourg, Loterie Romande, Pro Helvetia Arts Council of Switzerland, Municipality of Givisiez, Grauwiller Bijouterie et Horlogerie

Press

A wonderful allegory of urban life, which doesn’t give any ready-made answers but asks the attentive audience intelligent questions.

Esther Sutter, dance-journalist, 2003

This kind of urban choreography rises in its challenge when it renews the look we have on the city… Dance here is no longer about the classical art of beautiful movement or a contemporary search of expression. It rather is a critical approach of the urban environment. A calling into questions of our way to look ... Sometimes it takes four yellow characters coming straight out of a zany fantasy to help you open up your eyes and rediscover a fragment of the city…

La Liberté 25.10.2003

On the cobble-stones, poetic bodies ... a performance full of fineness.

L’Express 07.07.2004

Surprising short-choreographies alternate with impressive statues. A lasting production of "city-equipment", alienating and fascinating at the same time ... A exceptional fusion of art and architecture - a brilliant example of innovative street-theatre, that intervenes in public area and shapes it.

Charlie Bick, artistic director Festival tête-à-tête Rastatt, 2006

...a silent geometrical ballet ...of high aesthetics ...

Die Rheinpfalz 30.07.2005

The four Swiss impress by perfect synchronization ... they move as guided by a single will.

Badisches Tagblatt 26.05.2006

Past dates

Date Place Festival
20.06.2015 Sweden - Sveg Festival Mittkulturen
19.06.2015 Sweden - Lillhärdal Festival Mittkulturen
07.02.2015 Norway - Kirkenes 11. Barents Spektakel
06.02.2015 Norway - Kirkenes 11. Barents Spektakel
05.02.2015 Norway - Kirkenes 11. Barents Spektakel
04.02.2015 Norway - Kirkenes 11. Barents Spektakel
11.09.2011 China - Beijing 4. Beijing Fringe Festival
10.09.2011 China - Beijing 4. Beijing Fringe Festival
08.07.2011 Brazil - Belo Horizonte Horizonte Urbanos - Mostra Int. de dança em espaço urbano
07.07.2011 Brazil - Belo Horizonte Horizonte Urbanos - Mostra Int. de dança em espaço urbano
16.10.2010 Mexico - Guanajuato Festival Internacional Cervantino
15.10.2010 Mexico - Guanajuato Festival Internacional Cervantino
13.10.2010 Mexico - Irapuato Festival Internacional Cervantino
11.10.2010 Mexico - Querétaro Festival Internacional Cervantino
02.10.2010 Switzerland - Chur Tanzfestival TanZeiT-ZeiTanZ
20.08.2010 Switzerland - Yverdon-les-Bains Jeux du Castrum
09.10.2009 Lebanon - Beirut International Beirut Street Festival
08.10.2009 Lebanon - Beirut International Beirut Street Festival
14.08.2009 Croatia - Zadar Zadar Snova Int. Festival of Contemporary Theatre
19.07.2009 Canada - Québec 42. Festival d'Eté International de Québec FEIQ
18.07.2009 Canada - Québec 42. Festival d'Eté International de Québec FEIQ
17.07.2009 Canada - Québec 42. Festival d'Eté International de Québec FEIQ
16.07.2009 Canada - Québec 42. Festival d'Eté International de Québec FEIQ
25.04.2009 Switzerland - Delémont Fête de la danse
14.12.2008 India - New Delhi 48°C Public.Art.Ecology Intern. Festival
13.12.2008 India - New Delhi 48°C Public.Art.Ecology Intern. Festival
12.12.2008 India - New Delhi 48°C Public.Art.Ecology Intern. Festival
04.10.2008 Germany - Augsburg Intern. Festival "Gaskesseltreiben"
03.10.2008 Germany - Augsburg Intern. Festival "Gaskesseltreiben"
10.07.2008 United Kingdom - London National Theatre Watch This Space Festival
09.07.2008 United Kingdom - London National Theatre Watch This Space Festival
28.06.2008 United Kingdom - London City of London Festival
27.06.2008 United Kingdom - London City of London Festival
26.06.2008 United Kingdom - London City of London Festival
21.06.2008 Germany - Aachen Festival "across the borders"
08.06.2008 Netherlands - Delft Mooi Weer Spelen Intern. Festival
07.06.2008 Netherlands - Delft Mooi Weer Spelen Intern. Festival
02.06.2008 Romania - Sibiu Sibiu International Theatre Festival
01.06.2008 Romania - Sibiu Sibiu International Theatre Festival
30.03.2008 India - Jaipur Jaipur Heritage International Festival 08
29.03.2008 India - Jaipur Jaipur Heritage International Festival 08
26.03.2008 India - New Delhi Khoj Live 08 - International Performance Art Festival
23.03.2008 India - Chandigarh Chandigarh Tourism and STEPS
08.10.2007 Bolivia - Sucre Festival intern. contemporaneo "Andanza"
03.10.2007 Bolivia - La Paz Festival intern. contemporaneo "Andanza"
16.09.2007 United Kingdom - Bridport West Bay Inside Out International Festival
01.09.2007 Luxembourg - Esch-sur-Alzette Festival Terres-Rouges
31.08.2007 Luxembourg - Esch-sur-Alzette Festival Terres-Rouges
09.08.2007 Germany - Saarbrücken Festival Sommerszene
05.05.2007 Lithuania - Vilnius New Baltic Dance Festival 07
04.05.2007 Lithuania - Vilnius New Baltic Dance Festival 07
29.07.2006 Germany - Wismar Festival boulevArt
26.07.2006 Germany - Heilbronn Heilbronner Sommer Theater
22.07.2006 France - Châlon-sur-Saône Festival “CHALON DANS LA RUE“
21.07.2006 France - Châlon-sur-Saône Festival “CHALON DANS LA RUE“
20.07.2006 France - Châlon-sur-Saône Festival “CHALON DANS LA RUE“
25.05.2006 Germany - Rastatt Intern. Festival tête-à-tête
24.05.2006 Germany - Rastatt Intern. Festival tête-à-tête
10.09.2005 Venezuela - Caracas Reception Ambassade de Suisse
07.09.2005 Venezuela - Caracas Festival de las Artes de Baruta
06.09.2005 Venezuela - Caracas Festival de las Artes de Baruta
02.09.2005 Colombia - Santa Marta Festival Internacional de TEATRO DE CARIBE
01.09.2005 Colombia - Santa Marta Festival Internacional de TEATRO DE CARIBE
28.08.2005 Colombia - Bogotá Festival Internacional AL AIRE PURO
27.08.2005 Colombia - Bogotá Festival Internacional AL AIRE PURO
26.08.2005 Colombia - Bogotá Festival Internacional AL AIRE PURO
25.08.2005 Colombia - Bogotá Festival Internacional AL AIRE PURO
24.08.2005 Colombia - Bogotá Représentation pour l'Ambassade de Suisse
13.08.2005 Austria - Dornbirn International Festival im-puls
12.08.2005 Austria - Dornbirn International Festival im-puls
07.08.2005 Poland - Jelenia Gora 23. Miedzynarodowy Festiwal Teatru Ulicznego
06.08.2005 Germany - Görlitz Intern. Strassentheaterfestival
05.08.2005 Germany - Görlitz Intern. Strassentheaterfestival
30.07.2005 Germany - Ludwigshafen Intern. Strassentheaterfestival
29.07.2005 Germany - Ludwigshafen Intern. Strassentheaterfestival
26.06.2005 Austria - Hall im Tirol Landesausstellung kulturelles Rahmenprogramm
25.06.2005 Austria - Hall im Tirol Landesausstellung kulturelles Rahmenprogramm
24.05.2005 Switzerland - Fribourg Festival Science et Cité Fribourg, giratoire Tivoli
07.07.2004 Switzerland - Neuchâtel Festival Scène ouverte 2004 Association Danse Neuchâtel
06.07.2004 Switzerland - Neuchâtel Festival Scène ouverte 2004 Association Danse Neuchâtel
05.07.2004 Switzerland - Neuchâtel Festival Scène ouverte 2004 Association Danse Neuchâtel
09.05.2004 Germany - Neustadt a.d. Weinstrasse Landeskultursommer-Eröffnung Rheinland-Pfalz
08.05.2004 Germany - Neustadt a.d. Weinstrasse Landeskultursommer-Eröffnung Rheinland-Pfalz
31.10.2003 Switzerland - Fribourg Fribourg Centre ville
30.10.2003 Switzerland - Fribourg Fribourg Centre ville
26.10.2003 Switzerland - Fribourg Fribourg Centre ville
25.10.2003 Switzerland - Fribourg Fribourg Centre ville
24.10.2003 Switzerland - Fribourg Fribourg Centre ville