t u m u l u s

  • Dance
  • Music
  • Show
The 2022 archive

François Chaignaud and Geoffroy Jourdain

Paris / Created in 2022

A community of dancer-singers unfolds in continuous motion between heaven and earth this t u m u l u s imagined by choreographer François Chaignaud and Geoffroy Jourdain’s Cris de Paris.

t u m u l u s, François Chaignaud and Geoffroy Jourdain, 2022 © Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon


t u m u l u s is an endless procession of thirteen bodies singing and dancing as part of a single practice, a single gesture. The result of a unique collaboration between François Chaignaud and Geoffroy Jourdain, director of the Cris de Paris, this project is the expression of the dream to feel and think dance and music together. This tumulus, at once mausoleum and landscape—between heaven and earth—becomes a playground for this community made up of diverse bodies in constant motion, celebrating life through what dies within them. Horizontality and verticality coexist, active and passive gestures move us, all against a backdrop of Renaissance polyphonic singing and contemporary choir. This unique alliance strives to create a new human and artistic adventure. Uninterested in historical reconstitution, the two artists invite us to enter a space where movement and breathing reflect here the “harmony of the spheres.”


With Simon Bailly, Mario Barrantes, Florence Gengoul, Myriam Jarmache, Evann Loget-Raymond, Marie Picaut, Alan Picol, Antoine Roux-Briffaud, Vivien Simon, Maryfé Singy, Ryan Veillet, Aure Wachter, Daniel Wendler

Conception François Chaignaud, Geoffroy Jourdain
Choreography François Chaignaud assisted by Anna Chirescu
Musical direction Geoffroy Jourdain assisted by Louis Gal
Dramaturgy Baudouin Woehl
Set design Mathieu Lorry Dupuy
Lights Philippe Gladieux, Anthony Merlaud
Costumes Romain Brau

Observation course at the CNSMDP Esteban Appesseche
General and stage management Anthony Merlaud or Marinette Buchy
Sound management Aude Besnard, Camille Frachet, Alban Moraud, Jean-Louis Waflart
Set management Laure Montagné, François Boulet
Costumes management Alejandra Garcia, Cara Ben Assayag
Administration and production Mandorle productions (Garance Roggero, Jeanne Lefèvre, Léa Le Pichon) et Les Cris de Paris (Antoine Boucon, Diane Geoffroy)
International diffusion agency A PROPIC – Line Rousseau – Marion Gauvent


Production Mandorle productions en association avec Les Cris de Paris
Co-production Bonlieu scène nationale (Annecy), La Villette, Paris Initiatives d’Artistes , Wiener Festwochen, Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Théâtre Vidy (Lausanne), Points communs nouvelle Scène nationale de Cergy-Pontoise Val d’Oise, Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Scène nationale, Tandem Scène nationale Arras-Douai, Berliner Festspiele (Berlin), Théâtre Auditorium Poitiers, Festival d’Avignon, Malraux Scène nationale Chambéry, l’Opéra de Dijon, la Maison de la Danse (Lyon), la Scène nationale d’Orléans, la Maison de la culture de Bourges Scène nationale, Le Manège scène nationale (Reims), La Cité musicale (Metz), la Ménagerie de Verre, le Théâtre Molière scène nationale archipel de Thau (Sète), le Théâtre de Cornouaille, le Ballet national de Marseille CCN, la Scène Nationale du Sud-Aquitain, le Festival d’Automne à Paris.
With the support of the Jeune Théâtre National, MC93 - maison de la culture de Seine-Saint-Denis, L'échangeur CDCN Hauts-de-France, la Fondation Royaumont (Asnières-sur-Oise), CN D Centre national de la Danse, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels, and for the 76th edition of the Festival d'Avignon : Spedidam
Residencies le Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris et le Théâtre de l’Aquarium.
Set construction Ateliers de la Maison de la culture de Bourges Scène nationale

Fusalp accompanies the creation of the costumes. This project has benefited from an exceptional production support from the DGCA. This show is supported by "PEPS" Plateforme Européenne de Production Scénique Annecy-Chambéry-Genève-Lausanne within the scope of the European cross-border cooperation program Interreg France-Switzerland 2014-2020

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