Black Lights is based on texts written by ten female authors from around the world, used in the stunning television series H24. Inspired by actual events, this show-as-manifesto which chronicles the mental and physical impact of the different kinds of violence to which women are exposed. In a polyphony of movements and words, Mathilde Monnier lends her voice to those incisive and powerful texts. Like the writers themselves, the eight performers who embody those stories on stage come from different countries, belong to different generations. Aiming through her direction to evoke the tragedy of those stories but also the very possibility of expressing and sharing, the great choreographer with her long history with Avignon and its audience makes literature the source of her dance. And rather than mere illustration, the former director of the Centre chorégraphique de Montpellier and of the Centre national de la danse gives a face to those female words: commitment and freedom.
With Isabel Abreu, Aïda Ben Hassine, Kaïsha Essiane, Lucía García Pullés, Mai-Júli Machado Nhapulo, Carolina Passos Sousa, Jone San Martin Astigarraga, Ophélie Ségala Choreography and direction Mathilde Monnier Inspired by H24, series for ARTE by Valérie Urrea and Nathalie Masduraud Texts Agnès Desarthe, Siri Hustvedt, Fabienne Kanor, Niviaq Korneliussen, Lola Lafon, Grazyna Plebanek, Monica Sabolo, Ersi Sotiropoulos, Lize Spit, Alice Zeniter Translations Christine Berlioz, Cécile Bocianowski, Gilles Decorvet, Christine Lebœuf, Emmanuelle Tardif, Laila Thullesen Dramaturgy Stéphane Bouquet Music Nicolas Houssin, Olivier Renouf Set design Anne Tolleter Design and construction Atelier Martine Andrée and Paul Dubois Lighting Éric Wurtz Costumes Laurence Alquier General management Emmanuel Fornès Sound management Nicolas Houssin Production Otto Productions
Coproduction Compagnie MM, Festival Montpellier Danse, Le Quartz Scène nationale de Brest, Théâtre Garonne Scène européenne (Toulouse), Le Parvis Scène nationale Tarbes Pyrénées (Ibos), Théâtre populaire romand - Centre neuchâtelois des arts vivants and ADN Danse Neuchâtel (La Chaux-de-Fonds) With the support of la Région Occitanie, La Fondation d'entreprise Hermès In partnership with ARTE