L'œil nu, creation, Maud Blandel
April 26 to 30, 2023
It is said that a star begins to die when, having exhausted its hydrogen reserves, it leaves its state of equilibrium. Thus begins a long phase of degeneration that will lead, depending on the size of the star, to the collapse of its core or even to its violent explosion. In this piece, the Franco-Swiss choreographer combines the astrophysical phenomenon of pulsars with the tragic sound memory of the explosion of her father’s heart. By translating the principles of rotation, gravity and periodicity, L’œil nu brings six dancers into play and transforms the cloister of the cemetery of La Chartreuse de Villeneuve-lez-Avignon into a veritable observation ground. Faced with a body (stellar, physical, collective) that is deteriorating, what do we really perceive? More than a work of reconstitution of an autobiographical event, Maud Blandel plays with changes of scale, thwarting the tragic and putting into images the workings of memory: its persistence, its loops and holes, its shadowy areas and other inventions.