The idea of mastering fire, of deriving power from it, and of being galvanised by its energy is at the origin of many mythologies and many dances. Choreographic research isn't so far removed from it, and continues to play with bodies to animate this element, to keep it going, to share it. Which is why when Fabrice Lambert discovered the film Into Eternity, he saw it as the material for a new form of alchemy. Michael Madsen's documentary describes the construction of a national nuclear waste burial site in Onkalo, Finland. This construction site is gigantic, unthinkably so, based on the length of time it takes radioactivity to disappear: 100,000 years. This project requires a crazy projection in time and, to Fabrice Lambert, this makes Onkalo a sort of mythology in the present tense. A mythology of the sacred fire that has one key thing in common with the story of Prometheus, namely, that after one moment of victory, there ensues never-ending torment. On the stage, ten dancers create a moving geometry, orienting flows, sounding breaches and provoking breaks to feel this vertiginous experience of energy and time. In an empty space sculpted by light, they are the masters of a ceremony in which perceiving the infinite leads to seizing the present as the driving force of a precious common good.
Choreography Fabrice Lambert
Scenography and costumes Thierry Grapotte
Lights Philippe Gladieux
Sound Marek Havliecek
Choreography assistant Hanna Hedman
With Aina Alegre, Jérôme Andrieu, Mathieu Burner, Vincent Delétang, Lorenzo De Angelis, Corinne Garcia, Julie Guibert, Hanna Hedman, Yannick Hugron, Jung-Ae Kim
Production L'Expérience Harmaat
Coproduction Festival d'Avignon, Le Manège de Reims Scène nationale, Centre national de la danse, CDC Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson, Pôle Sud Centre de développement chorégraphique en préfiguration Strasbourg
Hosted studio and residences Kultur Skellefteå en association avec Norrlandsoperan, L'Apostrophe Scène nationale de Cergy-Pontoise et du Val-d'Oise, Ballet de Lorraine Centre chorégraphique national, Ballet de l'Opéra national du Rhin Centre Chorégraphique national de Mulhouse
With the support of Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication - DRAC Île-de-France, Région Île-de-France, Département de la Seine-Saint-Denis, Spedidam, Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Scène nationale
The Festival d'Avignon receives support of the BNP Paribas Foundation for the representations of Jamais assez
Thanks to Guillaume Cousin, Michael Madsen, Mickael Jensen, Magic Hour Films, Vincent Peter, Poline Renou et Pierre Veyser.