A leaf

  • Dance
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The 2019 archive

Célia Gondol and Nina Santes


A Leaf is a choreographic concert built like a vibrating spiral, where the border between reality and fiction slowly fades.

A leaf © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

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A Leaf takes the form of a choreographic concert in which the presence and voices of Célia Gondol and Nina Santes occupy the space and strive to make the audience vibrate along with them and feel their sensations... Between songs and speeches, from intelligible story to glossolalia, “A Leaf is built like a fictional object in which are hidden real and speculative scientific theories. The border between reality and fiction isn't at all obvious, we're always on the verge of science fiction.” From one song to the next, what's being said either with words or with gestures can be supported, contradicted, exploded, or amplified. The two figures who inhabit the stage invite the audience to an immersive experience and to enter the image through invasive and mesmerising sounds. The show is a journey, a spiral.

Célia Gondol is a plastic artist and a dancer. Her work belongs to the fields of both astrophysics and choreography. In 2014, she graduated from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She recently had shows at La Criée / Frac Bretagne, at the Sogn & Fjordane Art Museum in Norway, at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and at the Forum Ginza Hermès in Tokyo with the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès.

Born in a family of puppet and travelling theatre artists, Nina Santes began her career as a puppeteer. Since 2008, she has worked as a performer with Mylène Benoit, Myriam Gourfink, and Herman Diephuis... She has written choreographic and musical plays, including Transmorphonema, a duo with Daniel Linehan, as well as Self made man (2015) and Hymen Hymne (2018), currently on tour.


With Célia Gondol, Nina Santes

Conception, choreography Célia Gondol, Nina Santes
Vocal training collaboration Olivier Normand, Jean-Baptiste Veyret-Logerias
Artistic collaboration Kevin Jean, Élise Simonet, Magda Kachouche
Lights Recreation Annie Leuridan
Sound Nicolas Martz


Production La Fronde
Co-production L'Atelier de Paris Centre de développement chorégraphique national, Théâtre de Vanves, Centre chorégraphique national de Caen, L'échangeur Centre de développement chorégraphique national Hauts-de-France
With the support of Drac Île-de-France, Arcadi, Spedidam
With the help of Le Gymnase Centre de développement chorégraphique national, CN D Centre national de la danse (Pantin)
Co-hosting Festival d'Avignon, Les Hivernales Centre de développement chorégraphique national d'Avignon with the support of L'Atelier de Paris Centre de développement chorégraphique national



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