Nina Santes, 2023

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Peeling Back is the first episode in the Beauty Glow Tanning Studio cycle (2023-2026).

“Welcome to the Beauty Glow Tanning Studio.
A subtle alchemy of traditional and avant-garde methods.
Take a seat, relax, be (un)comfortable.
Let us take care of it.
Let it flow, let it leak, let it speak, let it grow.”

In 2021, I’ve started with a new artistic cycle, which I’ve called The Beauty Glow Tanning Studio. This cycle is divided into three parts :

> Peeling Back (solo – opening January 2023),

> Wet Songs (collective piece – 2025),

> Deep Deep Down Detox (days of immersion and practice – from 2023).

The Beauty Glow Tanning Studio is an imaginary place, hijacking the beauty salon and the experimental laboratory, in which I offer my “aesthetic services” and deploy a form of choreographic science fiction.

In there, we conduct sensitive experiments in which bodies are hosts to restorative fictions, digesting and composting the waste products of violence.

Peeling Back is an eight-enclosure solo set against a backdrop of untinted mirrors. In the piece, the body, the voice and a collection of accessories operate and activate to symbolically remove the dead, toxic skins that cover a body and its social identities.

Beautician, spa client, cyborg… A hybrid body evolves in a cabin of broken mirrors, facing its own perforated reflection. Time is alternately suspended, dilated, criss-crossed by cracks, flashes and bugs.

Peeling Back’s choreography is composed of strata, like layers of epidermis. It is based on the idea of cycle, repetition and alteration of gestures. Gestures of preparation, care and cleaning are composed, repeated and deformed, until the body is butchered. Between the stripping away and the turning up of the flesh.

The piece begins with an ultra-exposed post-human body, as if subjected to the gaze at the center of the quadrifrontal space. The result is a trajectory of shattered structures, and a new configuration of gestures and relationships, alive and vulnerable.

Conception, performanceNina Santes
Dramaturgy collaboratorLynda Rahal
ScenographerBia Kaysel
Costumes and accessoriesRoberto Martinez
Stage design and costume Apolline Jolly
Light creationAnnie Leuridan
Sound creationNicolas Martz
Technical contactLouise Rustan
Construction of decorEliott Forest et Clément Doyen
Production, developmentBarbara Coffy
Production, communicationTiphanie Chauvin
With voice presencesAvec les présences vocales
Bia Kaysel, Marina Hoisnard, Mathilde Forget, Maeva Santes, Marie-Claire Charvet, Sylvie Pattou, Annie Leuridan
ProductionLa Fronde – Nina Santes & Ève Magot
CoproductionCentre Chorégrapique National de Grenoble – CCN2
Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans – CCNO
Le Manège, scène nationale-Reims
Gessnerallee – Zurich
Les Hivernales – CDCN d’Avignon
Nina Santes benefits from the Associate Artist programme set up by the Ministry of Culture, at the Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans from 2021 to 2023
Nina Santes and La Fronde are also associated artist with the Manège – Scène nationale de Reims, from September 2021 to June 2024
9-10th March, 2024Gessnerallee, Zurich, Switzerland
June 8th, 2023JUNE EVENTS – festival of the Atelier de Paris / CDCN
March 28th, 2023Le Manège, scène nationale-Reims, Fr
1 March – 3 March 2023Festival DañsFabrik – Brest, Fr
January 26th and 27th, 2023PREMIÈRE – Théâtre d’Orléans, Fr (with the collaboration of CCNO and SNO)
January 9 to 20, 2023Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans – CCNO, Fr
November 7th to 12th, 2022Gessnerallee, Zurich, Switzerland
October 28, 2022Working process – CCNO
October 7 to 28, 2022Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans – CCNO, Fr
September 22, 2022Working process – Les Hivernales
September 12th to 23rd, 2022Les Hivernales – CDCN d’Avignon, Fr
June 11, 2022Working process – CCNO
May 30 to June 11, 2022Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans – CCNO, Fr
February 17, 2022Working process – Le Manège
February 7 to 18, 2022Le Manège, scène nationale-Reims, Fr
December 10, 2021Working process – CCN2
Guest : Hortense Belhôte
December 6 to 11, 2021Centre Chorégrapique National de Grenoble – CCN2, Fr
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