Maud Blandel — I L K A

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Maud Blandel

Lignes de conduite  — Festival Parallèle - KLAP Maison pour la danse - 31 janvier 2019 / Théâtre de Vanves — 21e Artdanthé - 13 avril 2019


Maud Blandel


Initially trained as a contemporary dancer, Maud Blandel (1986) follows her education in the « direction » Master in La Manufacture, Lausanne and then with the Work.Master at la HEAD (Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design) in Geneva. Between 2013 and 2017, she closely collabores with the director Karim Bel Kacem on transdiciplinary creations carried by Think Tank Théâtre (Blasted, Gulliver, Mesure pour mesure, 23 rue Couperin - point de vue d’un pigeon sur l’architecture). 

In 2015 she creates I L K A, a reflection and creation structure on choreographic practices where she develops her own pieces TOUCH DOWN (2016), and Lignes de conduite (2018). 

She assists Rachid Ouramdane during the creation of Murmuration for the Ballet de Loraine in 2016 and, more recently, she works with the german composer and director Heiner Goebbels for his last production Everything that happened and would happen created during the Manchester International Festival. Occupied with the expanded notion of choreography, she will be part of several laboratories with the students of l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la photographie de Arles, or with Contrechamps - the Ensemble of Contemporary Music in Geneva in order to re-think choreographic practices through the look of different artistic fields. 

Maud Blandel is a resident artist in l’Arsenic - centre d’art scénique contemporain in Lausanne since September 2018.


Parallèle supports Maud Blandel in the production and distribution of Touch Down and Lignes de conduite, her new creation. 



Maud Blandel — I L K A

Maud Blandel — I L K A

There is no date in the future for this show.
09 Jul - 10 Jul 2021
Festival de la Cité, Lausanne (CH)
25 Jun - 26 Jun 2021
ADN - Danse Neuchâtel (CH)
11 Jun - 13 Jun 2021
Arsenic - Centre d’art scénique contemporain, Lausanne (CH)

Diverti Menti

Maya Masse, Maud Blandel — I L K A

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Concept and chorégraphy: Maud Blandel

Choreography and interpretation: Maya Masse
Music: W.A. Mozart, A. Françoise, S. Aeschima
With: Maya Masse, Simon Aeschimann, Serge Bonvalot, Antoine Françoise
In collaboration with: Ensemble Contrechamps de Genèv
Light creation: Daniel Demont
Assistantship and light managemen: Edouard Hügli
Musical analysis: Alain Franco
Outside view: Romane Peytavin
Production et diffusion internationale
Parallèle - Pôle de production international pour les pratiques émergentes (FR)
Arsenic - centre d'art scénique contemporain  Lausanne (CH) ; ADC - Association pour la Danse Contemporaine, Genève (CH) ; Contrechamps, Ensemble de musique contemporaine de Genève (CH)  
Accueil en résidence
La place de la danse — Centre chorégraphique national Toulouse - Occitanie (FR) ; Arsenic - centre d'art scénique contemporain Lausanne (CH) ; Maison des arts du Grütli - Studio de danse de l'ADC (CH)  ; Centro Cultural do Car taxo, organisé dans le cadre  de Materiais Diversos dans le cadre de MTT (PT) ; Kanuti Gildi SAAL (EE) ; Centre National de la Danse, dans le cadre de la formation édition spéciale #3
Ville de Lausanne ; Pro Helvetia - Fondation Suisse pour la culture ; Loterie Romande ; Fondation Nestlé pour l'art
06 Oct - 10 Oct 2021
ADC - Association pour la Danse Contemporaine, Genève
12 Oct - 13 Oct 2021
Carreau du Temple, Paris
24 Nov - 27 Nov 2021
Théâtre de la Bastille, Paris
26 Jul 2020
ImPulsTanz, Vienne
29 Jan 2020
19H, 21H
Théâtre des Bernardines, Marseille
22 Jan - 26 Jan 2020
Arsenic – Centre d'art scénique contemporain, Lausanne
Maud Blandel invites dancer Maya Masse and three soloists of Contrechamps from Geneva to develop an approach to composition based on the series Divertimenti by Mozart.
A new orchestration of Divertimento K.136 for a first-time quartet originates from this research: a guitar, a tuba, a piano and a dancing body.
What is revealed by such a transposition of entertainment? What is unveiled by a new organisation of the entertaining function?
Emphasizing what such a musical genre encapsulates in terms of expressiveness, Diverti Menti works towards the creation of a polyphony: a musical body, freed from narrative requirements, whose four voices devote themselves to a joint activity: defying speeds in order to thwart time.

Lignes de conduite (Lines of conduct)

Maud Blandel — I L K A

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Durée : 55 min.

Concept et chorégraphie : Maud Blandel 
Collaboration à l’écriture chorégraphique : Maya Masse 
Musique originale : Charlemagne Palestine 
Arrangements musicaux : Clive Jenkins 
Scénographie : Karim Bel Kacem 
Lumière : Jean-Philippe Roy 
Direction technique : Silouane Kohler 
Avec : Gabriela Gómez Abaitua, Maya Masse, Romane Peytavin, Caroline Savi Marsalo 
Soutien administratif Alexandra Nivon | Production et diffusion internationales Parallèle - Plateforme pour la jeune création internationale

Production : I L K A 
Coproductions : Arsenic - centre d'art scénique contemporain - Lausanne (CH) , ICI — centre chorégraphique national Montpellier - Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée / Direction Christian Rizzo, PACT Zollverein - Essen, La Passerelle - Scène nationale de Gap, Alpes du sud 
Soutiens : Ville de Lausanne, Pro Helvetia, Loterie Romande, Service culturel Migros Vaud 
Accueils en résidence : ICI — centre chorégraphique national Montpellier - Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée / Direction Christian Rizzo, La Villette, Ballet du nord - CCN de Roubaix - Hauts-de-France, PACT Zollverein - Essen, La Passerelle - Scène nationale de Gap, Alpes du sud 
Soutien à la tournée : Pour-cent culturel Migros 

There is no date in the future for this show.
13 Aug - 14 Aug 2021
SAAL Biennaal, Tallin (EE)
04 May 2021
Théâtre Paul Eluard — Bezons (FR) - Annulé
27 Jun 2020
Extension Sauvage, Combourg (FR)
13 Feb 2020
La Passerelle - Scène nationale — Saint-Brieuc
18 Sep - 19 Sep 2019
Théâtre de la Ville — Les Abbesses
13 Apr 2019
Théâtre de Vanves - 21e Artdanthé — Vanves
31 Jan 2019 — 21H
KLAP Maison pour la danse — Marseille
31 Oct - 04 Nov 2018
ADC - Genève
17 Apr - 22 Apr 2018

Since ever, every culture knew to invent its own trance rituals, in order to free the captive souls of a community. No matter the fictional system of the ritual, in any case it is a matter of crossing: a state of rapture, or the possibility of getting out of oneself, during a limited time.


For her second play, Maud Blandel chooses to investigate one of these rituals: tarantism. Popular healing rite in the South of Italy, mixing christianity, magic practices, and musical catharsis, it not only attests to the warding off forms established by a society,  but it gives as well an account of a whole section of the evolution of cultural balances of power. At first from telluric origin, and then religious one, tarantism is today exploited by a ferocious tourist-festive industry.


Formal play for four female dancers, « Lignes de conduite » chooses to recount the evolution of the phenomenon of possession, with the purpose of questioning poetically what may have produced the spectacularization (turning-into-a-show) of such practices.

TOUCH DOWN (time out)

Maud Blandel — I L K A


Length 6h en continu 

Concept et chorégraphie Maud Blandel | Avec Colline Libon, Maya Masse, Alexane Poggi | Administration Alexandra Nivon | Production et diffusion internationale Parallèle - Plateforme pour la jeune création internationale

dance - performance
There is no date in the future for this show.
03 Feb 2018 — 11H30


TOUCH DOWN (time out) chooses as investigation ground the sideline of US universities and as topic their popular icons: the cheerleaders. Now unavoidable figures of this ritual, they have a central part in the sport/show ceremony: fill the void of downtime.

Maud Blandel makes the most of the last week-end of the exhibition « Nous sommes foot » (We are soccer) to try out the stage piece TOUCH DOWN by readapting it in a museum version. The Mucem visitors will meet these dancers with permanent smiles who, during 6 hours, lose their breath while filling the void. The piece will be activated or not, depending on the route of the audience. TOUCH DOWN has been shown in its stage version at the Merlan, national stage, on 30 January as part of Parallèle —6. 

En coréalisation avec le Mucem 
Avec le soutien de Pro Helvetia 


Maud Blandel animera un atelier de pratique artistique pour enfants au Théâtre de l’Œuvre. 

Plein tarif 9.5 € | Tarif réduit 5€ (billet d’entrée aux expositions)
Réservation et achat sur place auprès du Mucem |


Maud Blandel — I L K A

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Concept and choregraphy Maud Blandel

Sound creation Orane Duclos Lights creation Léa Maris
with Sidonie Duret, Lola Kervroëdan, Colline Libon, Aline Lopes, Maya Masse

There is no date in the future for this show.
24 Nov 2017 — 19H
La Rampe, scène conventionnée danse et musique — 38130 Echirolles
19 Jun 2016 — 11H
Théâtre de la Ville - Danse Élargie — Paris
18 Jun 2016 — 11H
Théâtre de la Ville - Danse Élargie — Paris
30 Jan 2016 — 21H
Le Merlan scène nationale de Marseille — Marseille
10 Dec - 16 Dec 2015
ARSENIC Centre d'art scénique contemporain — Lausanne

Once, the Gods of the stadium said:

"Here, young ladies, here is our time-out. Use it right. »

The teenage girls stretched out their hands and accepted the gift.

But were they even aware of the burden they had inherited: the killing of time (through "entertainment") which may also mean the time of their own killing? 

What if the masterpiece by Stravinsky had something to do with a cheerleader? What if a parallel existed between a human offering of the Rite of Spring and the tragic fate of a female supporter?

Confronting high culture and popular culture, "noble" and "ig-noble", Maud Blandel stages five dancers in a ballet with exacerbated physicality, where bodies confront themselves to the power of music and light. In the limelight, opposite the Gods of the stadium and her delirious fans, the cheerleader performs a series of acts. But what ideology is she the icon of? Twisting up to a desecrating point the patterns of her codified performance, Touch Down redraws contemporary folklore, where anxiety emerges in front of the sacrifice of the female body.

=> Watch teaser here !

Diffusion KOMM'N'ACT - plateform for young international creation - suports Maud Blandel in the diffusion of TOUCH DOWN
 I L K A
Coproduction Arsenic – centre d’art scénique contemporain, Lausanne (CH) ; Les Subsistances, Laboratoire international de création artistique, Lyon (FR) - aide à la résidence
Supports Ville de Lausanne ; Loterie Romande ; Service culturel Migros Vaud ; Fondation Ernst Göhner ; Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art ; Pro Helvetia - Fondation suisse pour la culture, Corodis, Pour-cent culturel Migros
Creation December 10th 2015 at Arsenic - centre d'art scènique contemporain, Lausanne