"There, the forest is soothing and reassuring. There on the moss, I indulge myself and let nature engulf me, support and listen to me. There, I weep."
"One by one, the characters appear on stage for an act of redemption. Their bodies are their expression, their breath, their voice and their movements. Crying is purifying oneself, taking one’s mask off, denuding oneself. "
In 2007, in Finland, Sanja Kosonen participated in a workshop on "crying chants" in Finland, organised by a group of contemporary singers whose aim is to revive and reinvent the forgotten tradition of Karelian mourners. They practised these improvised chants on their own, in the forest or during rites of passage. The poetical power of words associated with a distinctive rhythm and a crying melody provided an atmosphere for abandonment.
Since then, Sanja has integrated to some degree this ancient wisdom.
She is struck by the fact that our "modern" societies seem to have forgotten a
bout rituals of shared emotions or to consider those as a sign of weakness. The concept of crying guides her as much towards the river deep inside the human being as it evokes the absurdity and akwardness demonstrated when dealing with private emotions.
She imagines a multidisciplinary performance, a combination of dancing, singing, circus and fine arts.
Director : Sanja Kosonen
Performers (to be confirmed) : Sanja Kosonen, Sampo Kurppa, Nedjma Benchaib, Sakari Mannisto, Gabriela Munoz, Violaine Lochu, Muriel Carpentier, Viivi Roiha, Mira Ravald, Inka Pehkonen
Choreographer : Iris Bouche
Sound designer : Sami Tammela
Artistic collaborator : Fanny Soriano
Stage manager : Jeremie Bruyere
Light designer : Julien Poupon
Production / Touring: l’Avant Courrier – Nolwenn Manac’h
Office Management: l’Avant Courrier – Louise-Michèle Yo
In-residencies : Cirko – Center for new Circus, Helsinki. Ay Roop – Laboratoire permanent pour les arts du cirque
Production : l’Avant Courrier
Co-production : La Plateforme 2 Poles Cirque en normandie –Cirque Théâtre d’Elbeuf- la Brêche, CCN2 Grenoble - Centre Chorégraphique National de Grenoble - Direction Yoann Bourgeois / Rachid Ouramdane, Le Prato- Théâtre International de Quartier, Pole National des Arts du Cirque- Lille ; Le Carré magique -Pole national des arts du cirque en Bretagne.
Creation : November 2020
Duration : 70 minutes
Skills : Tightrope walking, acrobatics, juggling, clown, live music and singing, dancing.
Seating capacity : < 900 people
Audience : From 10 years on
Touring specificities : Proscenium stage / indoor
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Nothing from 14 September 2019 to 14 September 2020.
© Muriel Carpentier