TO DA BONE
(LA)HORDE gathers together young jumpers from 9 countries to overcome the exhaustion of lost utopian momentum and vigour. A rallying cry on the margins of now listless revolts.
The rebellious gaze of punks in workers’ jackets and rubber soled street shoes — the uprisings of the past compressed in the body. Edgy and volatile, the 10 dancers of TO DA BONE crank up the tension as a hard, proud, martial dance unfolds. These young jumpers from nine different countries struggle valiantly to overcome the exhaustion of lost utopian momentum and vigour.
The French collective (LA)HORDE calls on the crazy speed of jumpstyle, a post-Internet dance, and then takes pleasure in deconstructing codes: neat, precise steps, running on the spot, quarter turns. It mobilizes on the stage dancers whose previous experience had been dancing alone in front of a camera. Together they form a fleeting, very palpable battalion. A few of the bravest break away from the platoon, prodigiously scoffing at gravity and defying endurance. With heads held high, insubordination is re-imagined on the margins of now listless revolts.
Produced by (LA)HORDE
Direction and concept Marine Brutti + Jonathan Debrouwer + Arthur Harel
Performed by Valentin Basset aka Bassardo + + Mathieu Douay aka Magii’x + Camille Dubé Bouchard aka Dubz + László Holoda aka Leslee + Kevin Martinelli aka MrCovin + Viktor Pershko aka Belir + Nick Reisinger aka Neon + Edgar Scassa aka Edx + Andrii Shkapoid aka Shkap + Damian Kamil Szczegielniak aka Leito + Michal Adam Zybura aka Zyto
Music design Aamourocean
Lighting design Patrick Riou
Lighting Assistant and stage manager Claire Dereeper
Costume design Lily Sato
Production Manager Clémence Sormani
Touring Agents Tristan Barani + Clémence Sormani
Outside eye Jean Christophe Lanquetin
Co-produced by Charleroi Danses – Centre Chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles + Théâtre de la Ville de Paris + MAC – Maison des Arts et de la Culture de Créteil + Manège de Reims – Scène Nationale de Reims + Théâtre Municipal de Porto + Pôle Sud – CDC Strasbourg + La Gaîté lyrique (Paris) + Fondation BNP Paribas + DICRéAM – Dispositif pour la Création Artistique Multimédia et Numérique (Paris) + Spedimam + Institut français – Covention Ville de Paris
With the support of Institut Français + Mairie de Paris + SACD – Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques + Cité internationale des arts (Paris) + Liberté Living Lab (Paris) + Institut français + CCN2 – Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble (Rachid Ouramdane – Yoann Bourgeois) + DGCA – Direction générale de la création artistique
Residencies Charleroi Danses – Centre Chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles + MAC – Maison des Arts et de la culture de Créteil + Théâtre Municipal de Porto + Manège de Reims – Scène Nationale de Reims – CCN2 – Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble
Presented with the support of Institut Français + Service de coopération et d’action culturelle du Consulat général de France à Québec
Written by Mylène Joly
Translated by Neil Kroetsch
Premiered at Festival TransAmériques, Montreal, on May 31, 2017
(LA) HORDE (Paris)
Dance, performance art, installations, cinema: (LA)HORDE is on the offensive on several fronts.
Initially friends and now artistic colleagues, Marine Brutti, Jonathan Debrouwer and Arthur Harel form a young trio who stand out in the current artistic landscape. Active since 2011, they function as a multilevel structure that refuses any form of hierarchy within the group. For example, all stage works bear the single, collective, autonomous signature (LA)HORDE. The first to proudly assert a post-Internet dance that takes into account how electronic networks now intermingle bodies and archive movements and gestures, they perform movements that take shape at the points of contact between interfaces.
The collective made an initial strong impression in Quebec when the members created Avant les gens mouraient with graduating students at the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal in 2014. That powerful, hypnotic work was very well received both here and in France. Their next presentation was a series of projects based on jumpstyle movement, notably the 2015 film Novaciéries and also the short dance piece TO DA BONE, which won an award at the Danse Élargie competition at Théâtre de la Ville in Paris in 2016. With this second visit to Montreal, (LA)HORDE will be presenting to FTA audiences a long version of TO DA BONE, a piece that promises to conjoin the rigour of a military march with the aesthetics of revolt.