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Phasmes and Hêtre by Compagnie Libertivore

December 21, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

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Two dancers from Compagnie Libertivore perform in Phasmes, blending circus arts and dance.
Photo by Tom Proneur

Compagnie Libertivore will perform Phasmes and Hêtre, written and choreographed by Fanny Soriano, two pieces of contemporary circus arts highlighting the intersection of circus and dance, illuminating the physical potential of the acrobatic body as performers are confronted by a landscape in transformation.

Phasmes (2017) is a duet that explores the intimate encounter between human beings and the natural world. It is a companion piece to the earlier Hêtre (2015), a solo work that dramatizes a young woman’s retreat from the world into a mysterious, dreamlike forest.

Together they form a diptych, displays of aerial and earthbound movement that are visually mesmerising, in turns delicate and poetic, acrobatic and muscular. A meeting of dance and circus arts, the works induce a slow metamorphosis of humans and organic matter, as performers confront nature, accompany it, dodge it, collide and merge with it.

Phasmes

In Phasmes, a mysterious mass of two acrobat-dancers faces us in an obscure light. This human chimera mutates, moves and interacts with its environment, eliciting animal, mineral and plant like motions. An intimate evolution ensues, whilst the spectator is captivated by optical illusions and morphing apparitions: a galloping headless creature becomes a delicate insect, which in turn becomes a creeping form of alien architecture. We soon discover that the entity is in fact two bodies behaving as one, unfolding and recoiling, creating abstract and evocative figures.

The performers, inverting natural forces with games of balance and symmetry, enthralled by the multiplicity of possibilities, search for a common center of gravity. They explore, through their sometimes harmonious, sometimes conflicting desires, a world full of illusions. In counterpoint to the contemplative Hêtre, the choreography of Phasmes is more spirited, acrobatic, and playful. A piece questioning humans’ place in nature, it is sensuous yet disturbing, fragile yet brutal.​

“Pure, untamed animality, effortless grace and stunning technique.” — Mathieu Dochtermann, Toute la Culture

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Date:
December 21, 2021
Time:
7:00 pm
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Event Location

Performance Space 21
2980 Route 66
Chatham, NY
(518) 392-6121

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