t u m u l u s

The starting point of this project is a simple, recurrent dream: envisioning a community of vocal and dance artists who cut across the borders separating these two kindred and rival disciplines. Creating such a community, in which everyone sings and dances, is both a way to cultivate the dream of a total art form and a spiritual gesture celebrating the most vulnerable and malleable parts of our being: our muscles, our diaphragms, our voices. What (in)abilities are our bodies capable of?

In 2020, François Chaignaud and Geoffroy Jourdain brought together thirteen artists from various backgrounds at the intersection of song and dance, laying the foundations of a common practice, the matrix of the forthcoming production. Developed over nearly three years, this practice seeks to situate the bodies in a context where they can learn, invent new skills, transform themselves, and reach a state of transition. This individual and collective process is not simply propaedeutic: the quasi-mystical faith in the malleability of our bodies runs through the entire project.

t u m u l u s reveals the (in)capacity of living bodies faced with what surpasses and abandons them; it embodies the gesture of survivors who resist; it conveys the sound of an era imagined for the end of times, or the (musical) edifice that watches over the dead.

Conception François Chaignaud & Geoffroy Jourdain
Choreography François Chaignaud
Musical direction: Geoffroy Jourdain
With: Simon Bailly, Mario Barrantes, Damien Ferrante, Florence Gengoul, Myriam Jarmache, Marie Picaut, Alan Picol, Antoine Roux-Briffaud, Vivien Simon, Maryfé Singy, Ryan Veillet, Aure Wachter, Daniel Wendler
Stage design: Mathieu Lorry Dupuy
Lights conception: Philippe Gladieux, Anthony Merlaud
Technical manager: Anthony Merlaud
Sound operator: On going
Stage operator: On going
Wardrobe mistress: Alejandra Garcia
Costume conception: Romain Brau
Dramaturgical advice: Baudouin Woehl
Administration: Garance Roggero, Jeanne Lefèvre, Léa Le Pichon, Antoine Boucon International: A propic Line Rousseau – Marion Gauvent

Executive Production: Mandorle productions in association with Les Cris de Paris

Coproduction: Bonlieu scène nationale (FR), Wiener Festwochen (AUT), La Villette, Paris – Initiatives d‘Artistes (FR), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (BE), Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (FR), Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne (CH), l’Opéra de Dijon (FR), Le Manège, scène nationale – Reims (FR), La Cité musicale-Metz (FR), Points Communs, scène nationale de Cergy-Pontoise (FR),TANDEM Scène nationale (FR), la Ménagerie de Verre and Malraux. scène nationale Chambéry Savoie, la Scène nationale d’Orléans (FR), le Théâtre Molière > Sète, scène nationale archipel de Thau (FR), Théâtre de Cornouailles (FR) and Berliner Festspiele (DE).

This show is supported by “PEPS” Plateforme Européenne de Production Scénique Annecy-Chambéry-Genève-Lausanne within the framework of the European program of cross-border cooperation Interreg France-Switzerland 2014-2020.

Co-productions under discussion Opéra de Lille (FR), La Bâtie – festival de Genève (CH), Opéra de Reims (FR), La Passerelle, scène nationale de Saint-Brieuc (FR), La Coursive, scène nationale de La Rochelle (FR) – en cours.

With the support of MC93 – maison de la culture de Seine-Saint-Denis à Bobigny (FR), L’échangeur CDCN Hauts-de-France (FR), la Fondation Royaumont, Asnières-sur-Oise (FR)

With the support of Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels.

Mandorle productions is subsidized by the Ministry of Culture (DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes).

François Chaignaud is an artist associated with Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy.`

Les Cris de Paris is subsidized by the Ministry of Culture DRAC Île-de-France, the Île-de-France Region and the City of Paris. They are supported by Mécénat Musical Société Générale. They are artists associated with the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Theater and in residence in the Grand Est region via the Reims Opera.

2 May t u m u l u s – Bonlieu, Annecy (FR)
3 May t u m u l u s – Bonlieu, Annecy (FR)
4 May t u m u l u s – Bonlieu, Annecy (FR)
7 May t u m u l u s – Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Bruxelles (BE)
8 May t u m u l u s – Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Bruxelles (BE)
9 May t u m u l u s – Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Bruxelles (BE)
14 May t u m u l u s – Wiener Festwochen, Vienna (AT)
15 May t u m u l u s – Wiener Festwochen, Vienna (AT)
16 May t u m u l u s – Wiener Festwochen, Vienna (AT)
24 May t u m u l u s – Tandem, Douai (FR)
31 May t u m u l u s – Opéra, Dijon (FR)
2 June t u m u l u s – Cité musicale, Metz (FR)
7 June t u m u l u s – La Coursive, La Rochelle (FR)
8 June t u m u l u s – La Coursive, La Rochelle (FR)
22 June t u m u l u s – Théâtre, Orléans (FR)

Photo: SMITH

For more information, press map, financial and technical conditions please contact Line Rousseau or Marion Gauvent