Close Up

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Noé Soulier

France / Created in 2024

Based on Bach’s The Art of Fugue and performed by the il Convito ensemble, this is an imaginative choreographic work that uses video to reveal different dimensions of the body and movement. Far from being an abstract work, Close Up is deeply moving in its inventiveness. 

Close Up, Noé Soulier, 2024, rehearsal photo © Delphine Perrin


With his original and often dazzling choreographic language, Noé Soulier is constantly exploring movement and the intention behind it. For Close Up, he constructed a score based on action verbs—catch, dodge, strike, throw... like so many impulses which will modify the gestures and trajectory of the bodies on stage. Accompanied by five musicians from the Il Convito ensemble performing some of Bach’s contrapuntal works—including his famous Art of Fugue—and employing a subtle real-time video setup, Close Up is a show that is as inventive as it is moving, eschewing all abstraction to immerse us in what the choreographer calls “a polyphony of affects.” 

Basada en El arte de la fuga de Bach, interpretada por el conjunto Il Convito, esta inventiva obra coreográfica utiliza el vídeo para revelar distintas dimensiones del cuerpo y del movimiento. Lejos de ser abstracta, Close Up es de una inventiva profundamente conmovedora. 


With Julie Charbonnier, Yumiko Funaya, Nangaline Gomis, Samuel Planas, Mélisande Tonolo, Gal Zusmanovichet
and Ensemble Il Convito : Christine Busch alternating with Sophie Gent (violin), Claire Gratton (viola da gamba), Maude Gratton (harpsichord), Amélie Michel (traverso), Ageet Zweistra (cello)
Design and choreography Noé Soulier
Musical direction Maude Gratton
Music Jean-Sébastien Bach
Lighting Kelig Le Bars
Video Pierre Martin Oriol
Assistant choreographer Stephanie Amurao
Technical director François le Maguer
General manager Mathilde Monier
Lighting director Nicolas Basoges
Lighting and stage assistant Martin Mouchère
Video and sound director Jérôme Tuncer
Production Adèle Thebault
Production and diffusion Céline Chouffot


Production Centre national de danse contemporaine d'Angers
Coproduction Ensemble il Convito, Festival d'Avignon, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Angers Nantes Opéra, Romaeuropa Festival (Rome), Espaces Pluriels Scène conventionnée danse (Pau), Theater Freiburg, Arsenal Cité musicale de Metz, Maison de la danse Pôle européen de création (Lyon), Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers, Chaillot Théâtre national de la danse (Paris)
With the support of Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels, Villa Albertine (New York), Spedidam for the 78th Festival d'Avignon
Costume design Atelier costumes Angers Nantes Opéra
Residencies Office Artistique de la Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Practical infos




La matinale - 13 July

  • Café des idées
Inês Barahona, Miguel Fragata, Noé Soulier, Lorraine de Sagazan

Free entrance

Faith and Culture

When the body speaks #3
  • Café des idées
With the diocese of Avignon

Free entrance