BABEL is a 12m high tower, made of wood and riggings, assembled and handled by 25 people under the eye of the public. From the rising up to the descent, through its soft rocking, the tower reveals the group of people on the ground, linked presences, focused and connected who work together.
Thanks to the coordination of wills and efforts, the excessiveness of the project and its utopian dimension become a reality; a technical challenge made possible because every person takes part in the community and becomes responsible of it. BABEL are individuals in action, with their bodies, backgrounds and desires, a deliberately ephemeral reality that only exists the time people are gathered to activate it.
BABEL is a participative device that invite people to share a whole process during 2,5 or 3 days :
manufacture of the units of the tower, handling of the tower to understand its dimensions and weight, develop nonverbal communication and coordination as a group, learning and rehearsal of the performance according to a simple and precise score. It ends with the performance in the public space.
Conception Jordi Galí
with the collaboration of Katia Mozet
Created with the hundred of people who joined the workshops, Arrangement Provisoire’s team :
Anne Sophie Gabert, Lea Helmstädter, Konrad Kaniuk, Jérémy Paon, Jeanne Vallauri, Julia Moncla, Julien Quartier
Collaborators Balyam Ballabeni, Vincent Laisney
Performance 25 people
With (3 performers in rotation) Jordi Galí, Katia Mozet, Anne Sophie Gabert, Lea Helmstädter, Konrad Kaniuk, Jérémy Paon, Jeanne Vallauri, Julia Moncla, Julien Quartier
Duration about 50mn
Pictures made during research workshops © Pascale Cholette, Michel Wiart, Arrangement Provisoire
Production Arrangement Provisoire
Coproduction Le Pacifique / CDCN Grenoble-Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes ; La Briqueterie / CDCN du Val- de-Marne ; Les Ateliers Frappaz / CNAREP Villeurbanne ; L’Abattoir / CNAREP de Chalon sur Saône ; Format Danse Ardèche. With the support of région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (aide à la création).
Partners of the workshops Lycée professionnel Georges Lamarque /Rillieux-la-Pape ; La Briqueterie / CDCN du Val-de-Marne in the framework of the European project Migrant Bodies-Moving Borders ; Le Pacifique / CDCN Grenoble – Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes ; Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration ; Format danse / Ardèche, ESAD Grenoble