Creation 2004

Duration 1h10
Umwelt has been awarded the Bessie Award.

It is not a question of doing the impossible but of exhausting the possible.
The world is complex.
That’s what they say.
We never stop saying it.
We never stop believing it.
But this complexity entrenches us. Pushing us to believe in our own impotence.
Nevertheless, it’s simple, we’re still here, alive.
Active, regardless of everything.
Ceaselessly testing what is possible for us (small or large).
That’s where we are.
Inventorying what is possible.
Toying with the possible without achieving it.
Going to the exhaustion of possibilities.
An exhaustion that renounces any order of preference and any organization of purpose or meaning.
We don’t prefer one over the other.
We don’t achieve any more, even though we continue to accomplish.
And it’s because we won’t stop wanting to live, not only be born, to experiment, not only observe,
that we extricate ourselves from the complexity.
So that the complexity becomes multiplicity.
So that the world is no longer complex, but multiple – plural.
A multiplicity where the exhaustion of that which is possible composes. Gives rhythm.
A multiplicity filled with uninterrupted movements, with accelerating, with releasing.
Constant alterations which give us the joy of the unpredictable.
The joy of giving ourselves the potential to act.
The joy of living our capabilities for transformation.
We’re not made once and forever.
We don’t know what a life – or a body – can do or be?
We don’t know what postures and positions will spread from our interferences
(external and internal)? Positions, postures, accidents, dissonances, steps and paths, approaches,
exhaustive positions setting off in diverse directions –

Better sitting than standing and lying than sitting. (Samuel Beckett – Malone Dies)

And then, create the possible as one carries it out.
Because there is no existence except that which is possible.
Too much to do with a possible more and more restricted to care about what is still happening :
the highest exactness and most extreme dissolution ; the indefinite exchange of formulations and the
pursuit of the formless or the unformulated.

Photo: Rémi Angeli


Premiered at the Toboggan in Décines, Novembrer the 30th 2004.
Choreography and design Maguy Marin. with 9 performers . music design Denis Mariotte . lighting design Alexandre Béneteaud . costume design Cathy Ray with Chantal Cloupet and Aurora Van Dorsselaer . sound design Loïc Goubet set design Michel Rousseau
New production 2013
Assistant Cathy Polo . set design Albin Chavignon . sound design Antoine Garry . costume design Nelly Geyres
Le Théâtre de la ville (Paris), Maison de la danse (Lyon), Le Toboggan (Décines), Centre Chorégraphique National de Rillieux-la-Pape /cie Maguy Marin
New production 2013
House on Fire, avec with the financial support of Programme Culture de l’Union Européenne, théâtre Garonne – scène européenne (Toulouse), BITTeatergarasjen (Bergen-Norvège) Kaaitheater (Bruxelles-Belgique), Compagnie Maguy Marin
The Company Maguy Marin is subsidized by le Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication la Ville de Lyon la Région Rhône-Alpes and with the financial support for touring abroad from Institut français.

under construction

Previous dates

January 2023
17 Umwelt – Espaces Pluriels, Pau (FR)

February 2023  
08 Umwelt – Théâtre Des 13 Vents, CDN Montpellier (FR)
09 Umwelt – Théâtre Des 13 Vents, CDN Montpellier (FR)
10 Umwelt – Théâtre Des 13 Vents, CDN Montpellier (FR)

March 2023
08 Umwelt – Le Zef, Marseille (FR)
09 Umwelt – Le Zef, Marseille (FR)
14 Umwelt – Le Quai/CNDC, Angers (FR)
15 Film Umwelt – Le Quai/CNDC, Angers (FR)

May 2023
9 Umwelt – ITA, Rabozaal, Amsterdam (NL)
10 Umwelt – ITA, Rabozaal, Amsterdam (NL)

January 2022
24 Umwelt – Le Tangram, Evreux (FR)
26 Umwelt – Le Rive Gauche, St Etienne du Rouvray (FR)

February 2022
2 Umwelt – Maison de la Danse, Lyon (FR)
3 Umwelt – Maison de la Danse, Lyon (FR)
8 Umwelt – MC2, Grenoble (FR)
9 Umwelt – MC2, Grenoble (FR)
16 Umwelt – Festival Equilibrio, Roma (IT)

April 2022
8 Umwelt – L‘Espal, Le Mans (FR)

May 2022
11 Umwelt – La Comédie, Saint-Etienne (FR)
12 Umwelt – La Comédie, Saint-Etienne (FR)
13 Umwelt – La Comédie, Saint-Etienne (FR)

June 2022
28 Umwelt- Tanec Praha, Prague (CZ)

July 2022
1 Umwelt- Hellerau, Dresden (DE)
2 Umwelt- Hellerau, Dresden (DE)

October 2022
07 Umwelt – Le Rive Gauche, Saint Etienne Du Rouvray (FR)

May 2021
28 Umwelt – Charleroi Danse, Charleroi (BE)
29 Umwelt – Charleroi Danse, Charleroi (BE)

June 2021
4 Umwelt- Potsdamer Tanztage , Potsdam (DE)
5 Umwelt- Potsdamer Tanztage , Potsdam (DE)
22 Umwelt Jerusalem Dance Festival, Jerusalem (IL)
23 Umwelt Jerusalem Dance Festival, Jerusalem (IL)
24 Umwelt Jerusalem Dance Festival, Jerusalem (IL)
26 Umwelt Jerusalem Dance Festival, Jerusalem (IL)

July 2021
22 Umwelt – Impulstanz, Wien (AT)
24 Umwelt – Impulstanz, Wien (AT)

September 2021
8 Umwelt – Belgrade International Dance Festival, Belgrade (SR)
11 Umwelt – Oriente Occidente, Rovereto (IT)
24 Umwelt – Teatro Municipal, Porto (PT)
25 Umwelt – Teatro Municipal, Porto (PT)