Nina Santes, 2020
Zombie Republic is a piece to question, to exacerbate a zombie state, in the sense of a “numbness of time, of action, of the whole world” (R. Barthes), and to perform our strategies of awakening, of being alert. (R. Barthes), and to perform our strategies of awakening, of being alert.
What language of the decaying world, of the sick civilization? What can the rolled-up bodies and the underground worlds do?
The zombie body speaks to us of what we do not want to see. A myth shaped by colonial violence, the zombie is a double figure, both grotesque and terrifying, the embodiment of a sum of fears instructed by the dominant culture and the “New World”. He is both alienated victim and anthropophagus, master and slave. The zombie is a wandering body, which creates a form of organized chaos inside and outside of itself. He cancels borders and geographies. He is a threat that always gains ground. He is slow and aimless, but he is sometimes seized by convulsions, repetitive actions, impulses, retching, which he cannot explain. Like a Sumerian mask, it is petrified, neither dead nor alive, dispossessed. A dissociated body, alienated, whose illness is a dance.
The writing of the piece is based on the states of altered perception that certain practices of the breath and the voice can generate. The dissociation between the score of the voice and that of the body provokes a disjunction between what we see and what we hear. The songs and dances emerge as breakthroughs, cries, convulsions. The piece is nourished by a work on saturated songs and throat singing, whose traditional function is often to create a passage zone, a bridge between the visible and the invisible, the dead and the living, the rational and the magical.
|20th may 2022||Le Centre chorégraphique national d’Orléans, Orléans, France|
|5th – 8th april 2022||La Grange de Dorigny, UNIL, Lausanne, Switzerland|
|28th september – 1st october 2021||Les Subs, Lyon, Fr|
|22nd june 2021||Latitudes Contemporaines, Lille, Fr|
|9th april 2021||Atelier de Paris / CDCN, Fr|
|25th – 27th november 2020||Les Subs, Lyon, Fr | POSTPONED : october 2021|
|4th july 2020||Le Belluard Festival, Suisse | CANCELED|
|3rd – 4th june 2020||Festival June Events, CDCN Atelier de Paris | POSTPONED : 8 et 9 avril 2021|
|6th – 7th february 2020||Première, Festival Antigel, Genève, Swiss|
|25th january 2020||Avant-première, Festival Parallèle, Marseille, Fr|
|Conception, choreography, musical composition||Nina Santes|
|Making||Betty Tchomanga, Soa de Muse, Olivier Normand (research & creation), Nina Santes|
|Dramaturgy collaborator||Lynda Rahal|
|Light design||Annie Leuridan|
|Creation and sound design||Nicolas Martz, Aurélien Pitaval|
|Scenography and costume design||Pauline Brun|
|Costume design||Gabrielle Marty|
|Scenography construction assistant||Antonin Hako|
|Vocal search and creation||in collaboration with Jean-Baptiste Veyret-Logerias, Roberto Moura, Emilie Domergue|
|General management||Bia Kaysel|
|Interns||Félix Philippe (sound), Louise Rustan (lights) et Elie Fonfrède (Dance)|
|Production and administration||La Fronde – Cloé Julien-Guillet, Élodie Perrin, Camille Balaudé, Alice Marrey|