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
Live musicians : Erwan Keravec et Mickaël Cozien
Technical crew Julien Quartier, Katia Mozet
In collaboration with De Facto
Partnership with Department of Geographical Engineering and Graphic Expression from Universidad de Cantabria (Spain)
Performance for 6 performers and two musicians in the public space.
Premiere : spring 2022
Duration : about 40 to 50mn
Production Arrangement Provisoire
Coproduction CI – CCN de Montpellier Occitanie (34), Pronomade(s) en Haute Garonne – CNAREP (31), Lieux Publics – CNAREP Marseille (13), Mercat de les Flors (Barcelone), Les Tombées de la nuit (35), L’Atelline (34), Le Pacifique – CDCN Grenoble (38), La Transverse (58)
On going… CCN de Nantes (44), Format danse (07), Culture Commune – Scène nationale du Bassin minier du Pas-de-Calais (69), le Fourneau – CNAREP Brest, Festival de Chassepierre (Belgique), Hellerau Dresde (Allemagne), Stuk (Belgique) …