Cécile Loyer


Knock Hard
(As If to Wake the Dead)

Cécile Loyer, Frappez fort © Géraldine Aresteanu

Off-site residency

October 9 to 20, 2023

Maison de la Danse de Lyon

As part of the Accueil-studio project

They can watch the news on TV, but they remain deaf to the sound of the world
— Stéphanie Chaillou, Le Bruit du monde (The Sound of the World)

Note of intent

Ten years ago, with my production Moments d’absence (Moments of Absence), I channelled the work of film-maker Jean Eustache to address the notions of reality and fiction on stage. For the first time, I drew on the devices used in his films, particularly Une sale histoire (A Dirty Story), to highlight the in-between dimension that ran through my first productions, the notions of truth and falsehood, the notion of borders, specifically those between the performers and the audience.

In Knock Hard (As If to Wake the Dead), I am once again delving into the work of Jean Eustache with his last creation, Les Photos d’Alix (Alix’s Photos), a short film shot in 1980. In that film, photographer Alix Cléo Roubaud shows a teenage boy a collection of photographs taken during various periods of her life. They are personal, intimate even, and each corresponds to a memory, a feeling, an experience. The device is clear and the rules simple; the photographs appear one by one in close-up, while the photographer explains each picture in response to the young man’s questions. 

And then, all of a sudden, the sound and image split and Alix Cléo Roubaud’s description and account of each photograph no longer corresponds to what the audience sees. The characters, places and objects she alludes to – our gaze following her hands – have disappeared. We see instead other objects, other places and characters that Alix’s every word transforms, reinvents and redefines (…).

With Knock Hard (As If to Wake the Dead), which will feature eight performers, I want to inspire viewers to lose their bearings and guide them towards a territory of extreme alertness where the eyes must search to understand what the ears perceive, and where words must be heard intensely, corporeally, to give form to the image.

Our world is infinitely more poetic than we think…

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Studio’s opening : date to come
Free on reservation: adriana.falcone@ccnr.fr

Première : November 23 2023 at Équinoxe — Scène Nationale de Châteauroux


Choreography: Cécile Loyer
Choreography assistant: Jean-Baptiste Bernadet and Myriam Bloedé
Performers: Caroline Boussard, Sonia Delbost-Henry, Éric Domeneghetty, Steven Hervouet, Mai Ishiwata, Vesna Mbelani, Cécile Loyer, Karim Sylla
Light design: Coralie Pacreau
Sound creation: Emmanuel Baux
Costumes: Fabrice-Ilia Leroy

Production: C.LOY

Co-production (in progress): Équinoxe – Scène Nationale de Châteauroux, Viadanse – Centre chorégraphique national de Bourgogne Franche-Comté à Belfort, Centre chorégraphique national d’Orléans, Centre chorégraphique national de Rillieux-la-Pape, direction Yuval PICK (Accueil-Studio)

Support: Le Ballet du Nord – Centre Chorégraphique National Roubaix Hauts-de-France

Cécile Loyer has been an associate artist at Équinoxe – Scène nationale de Châteauroux since September 2019. The C.LOY company has an agreement with the Regional Department of Cultural Affairs and the Centre-Val de Loire Region.

Photo © Géraldine Aresteanu