souffle

souffle
2013

"souffle" has been awarded the Swiss Dance Award 2015 as "an outstanding current dance work" of the period 2013-15.

 

"A striking, exquisitely composed choreographic work that embodies both the lightness and transience of being and the existential awareness of a great shared movement in breath, voice and dance. A captivating magic runs through this choreographic and musical production, imbued with a sensitive dance quality. ‘souffle’ perhaps symbolises and stands for the many years Brigitte Meuwly and Antonio Bühler have spent working together, for their inexhaustibility. DA MOTUS! is highly admired internationally as a company that again and again opens up new and original gateways to dance, especially with its outdoor projects."

(Brigitta Luisa Merki, member of the Federal Dance Jury, Swiss Dance Awards 2015)

 

Brigitte Meuwly and Antonio Bühler were invited by Philippe Savoy, director of the Chamber Chorus Zeugma, to create an artistic collaboration, inspired by the local (Fribourg), choral tradition. They have risen to the challenge of uniting contemporary choreography and vocal creation based on an original score, composed by Caroline Charrière, around the fundamental role that breath represents for both modes of expression : dance and song.

 

The dancers start to move their bodies into a symbolic journey of life, brought alive by their breathing, the essence of our existence. Breath is incarnated into the dancers and finds its resonance and vitality as it courses through their bodies.

 

Spontaneous harmonies and orchestrated tensions emerge, generating bizarre images and sometimes provoking ambiguous sensations. The ethereal and celestial quality of the singing essentially clashes with the carnal and sensual character of the dance. « souffle » suggests to us through certain of its movements, that it is through the sexual union that the spirit is able to incarnate.

 

Dance and music work together in osmosis, counterpoint and complicity. Thus, bodies and voices are attracted and repelled, stimulating exchanges and emotions to reach the ephemeral realms, where everything is dissolved, where breath leaves its earthly form to regain its unknowable origin.

Informations

 

ARTISTIC DIRECTION
Antonio Bühler, Brigitte Meuwly

 

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

 

DANCE
Azusa Nishimura, Ismael Oiartzabal, Martina Hajdyla Lacová, Mickaël Henrotay-Delaunay, Paul Girard or Vittorio Bertolli

 

ORIGINAL MUSIC
Caroline Charrière

 

MUSIC DIRECTION
Caroline Charrière with Philippe Savoy

 

RECORDED SING
Choeur de chambre Zeugma : André Merz, Clémence Hirt, Elsa Piller, Etienne Steckler, Francine Humbert, Jean-Claude Charrez, Joëlle Delley, Lucile Dessibourg, Marie-Françoise Schouwey,

Michael Beer, Philippe Jacquiard, Philippe Savoy

 

LIGHTS & STAGE MANAGEMENT
Daniel Müller

 

COSTUMES
Brigitte Meuwly

 

MUSIC RECORD
Artlab

 

PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE

Danilo Cagnazzo

 

COPRODUCTION
DA MOTUS!, Choeur de chambre Zeugma, Equilibre-Nuithonie Fribourg in the frame of "RésiDanse fribourgeoise"

 

SUPPORT
Department of Culture Canton Fribourg, Loterie Romande, Coriolis Fribourg, Pro Helvetia Swiss Art Council, Equilibre-Nuithonie - Fribourg Foundation, Municipality of Givisiez, Swiss Authors Society 2012 for choreographical creation (SSA), Agglo Fribourg, Fondation Ernst Göhner Foundation, UBS Culture Foundation, Nicati-de-Luze Foundation

Press

La beauté de la chorégraphie tient beaucoup aux déplacements subtils, aux petits ensembles, aux entrées et sorties, au va-et-vient entre le groupe et le solo, entre le contact et la séparation. Quand les mouvements deviennent plus énergiques et endurants, ce procédé de va-et-vient confine au rituel fascinant.

La Liberté, 15.01.2013, Elisabeth Haas

The concert was just wonderful! I was deeply touched by the powerful display of technique and creativity (…). Local audiences are not very outgoing in terms of appreciation but last night they simply gave up to recognize with enthusiasm and sincerity the virtues of "souffle".

Fernando Torres, Directeur de l'Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano (ICPNA), 21.06.2014

Die Vorführung entwickelte mit jedem Augenblick eine immer stärker werdende Dynamik, die einen wie ein Strudel in das Geschehen, dem dargestellten Leben hineinzog. Die Fusion zwischen der rythmischen Atmung, der Stimmen sowie, die sich dazu im Einklang bewegenden Körper, faszinierten … Die Performance von Da Motus ! ist mit Sicherheit eine, die mir noch lange im Gedächtnis bleiben wird.

Esther Marie Merz, attachée culturelle de l'Ambassade de Suisse à Lima et critique d'art, 12.08.2014

Un movimiento que te deja sin aliento.

El Comercio, 20.06.2014, Adriana Garavito

Past dates

Date Place Festival
23.05.2017 Switzerland - Chur TanZeit-ZeitTanz Festival
07.05.2017 Switzerland - Lugano Festa Danzante - Fête de la Danse / Teatro Foce, 20:30
05.05.2017 Switzerland - Winterthur Tanzfest - Fête de la danse, Theater am Gleis
16.06.2016 Cyprus - Nicossia 19th Cyprus Contemporary Dance Festival
14.06.2016 Cyprus - Limassol 19th Cyprus Contemporary Dance Festival
15.04.2016 Switzerland - Steckborn tanz: now Festival (Phönix Theater)
14.04.2016 Switzerland - Steckborn tanz: now Festival (Phönix Theater)
25.01.2015 Switzerland - Neuchâtel ADN - Hiver de Danses 2014/2015
24.01.2015 Switzerland - Neuchâtel ADN - Hiver de Danses 2014/2015
26.06.2014 Ecuador - Manta XVème Encuentro Internacional « Manta por la Danza »
24.06.2014 Ecuador - Guayaquil XIIème Encuentro Internacional de Danza « Fragmentos de Junio »
21.06.2014 Peru - Lima Danza Nueva festival Internacional de Lima
20.06.2014 Peru - Lima Danza Nueva festival Internacional de Lima
19.06.2014 Peru - Lima Danza Nueva festival Internacional de Lima
20.01.2013 Switzerland - Villars-sur-Glâne FR Equilibre-Nuithonie - New production - additional date
19.01.2013 Switzerland - Villars-sur-Glâne FR Equilibre-Nuithonie - New production
18.01.2013 Switzerland - Villars-sur-Glâne FR Equilibre-Nuithonie - New production
17.01.2013 Switzerland - Villars-sur-Glâne FR Equilibre-Nuithonie - New production
17.01.2013 Switzerland - Villars-sur-Glâne FR Equilibre-Nuithonie - New production - school performance
16.01.2013 Switzerland - Villars-sur-Glâne FR Equilibre-Nuithonie - New production - school performance
12.01.2013 Switzerland - Villars-sur-Glâne FR Equilibre-Nuithonie - New production
11.01.2013 Switzerland - Villars-sur-Glâne FR Equilibre-Nuithonie - New production
10.01.2013 Switzerland - Villars-sur-Glâne FR Equilibre-Nuithonie - New production
09.01.2013 Switzerland - Villars-sur-Glâne FR Equilibre-Nuithonie - New production - school performance