With Anima, the breath that moves the material will have a protagonist part. In latin, anima refers to the act of breathing.
By extension it also means the soul and relates to the vital principle of breathing life into the body.
The piece would reveal the emergence and reappearance of a ramified shape, using several materials spread out on the ground. The performers standing all around in a circle would come in progressively, to outstretch and animate the structure on a 15 meters height. The conjunction of the overall movements of the bodies and the materials would reveal the spaces in-between, giving them a shape, a volume.
With the creation of ANIMA I imagine building a circular space and a suspended time, where bringing together performers, spectators, passers-by, inhabitants, men, women and children has a protagonist role in the proposal. This space would be like a parenthesis opened in the heart of the cities, where we could gather side by side in the here and now. As when taking a common breath creates a temporary suspension.
After ten years without using sound or music in any of my pieces, ANIMA is the chance for me to start a new exploration by collaborating with bagpiper, composer and improviser Erwan Keravec, who would play the great Highland bagpipe live in the piece.
Conception Jordi Galí
Creation and performance Lea Helmstädter, Jérémy Paon, Jeanne Vallauri, Anne-Sophie Gabert, Julia Moncla, Konrad Kaniuk
Music Erwan Keravec
Technical and construction Julien Quartier, Katia Mozet
In collaboration with atelier de fabrication De Facto
Performance for 6 performers and a musician in the public space.
Premiere : spring 2022
Duration : about 45 to 60mn
Production Arrangement Provisoire
Coproduction CDCN Le Pacifique – Grenoble, ICI – CCN de Montpellier.
Support L’Essieu du Bâtut (Aveyron)
Other partners on-going.