Yohan Vallée

Cie Appel d’Air


Abwartens, Yohan Vallée © Jean-Michel Melat-Couhet


June 10 to 14, 2024

CCNR's dance studio

As part of Matières Premières

Here, on the steps, a group waits. In the distance, we can make out a song. Nearby, we hear a breath, a shout, a laugh. All around, time no longer exists. The space is multi-faceted, and could very well be a station platform, the front of a hospital or the entrance to a house. The beings present put the frenzy of the world on pause. Alert and powerful, they wait. In a society of instantaneous, alienating immediacy, what does it mean to wait today? What role does waiting play in our daily lives? How does it affect our relationship with others and with ourselves?

In Abwarten (literally waiting for nothing), the performers let the emulsion of a community emerge as they wait for an event, a moment. Or of nothing. In an age where time is nowhere to be found, this suspended state of being allows the performers to identify the greatest expectations, the unspoken hopes and the most cherished desires of each individual. Starting from a common home instilled by the collective, the piece shows each performer asserting his or her singularity within the entity, searching for his or her object of expectation and expressing it fully. The tension of a group moving forward, tending towards an elsewhere, and the vibrancy of the individualities interfering and exploring their own intimate paths are all at once apparent.

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Demo: Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 7:30 pm
Free with reservation: adriana.falcone@ccnr.fr

→ Yohan Vallée will lead the Sentir La Fibre workshop on Monday, June 10, 2024.

Premieres: September 27 + 28, 2024 at L’étoile du nord, Paris, as part of the Avis de Turbulences Festival


Creation & interpretation: Thalia Otmanetelba, Lucie Raimbault, Ingrid Tegyey, Yohan Vallée, Victor Virnot
Concept & choreography
: Yohan Vallée
Sound design: David Hess
Light design & stage management: Virginie Galas
Costume design: Anna Carraud
Set design: Léo Lévy-Lajeunesse
Touring: Matthieu Roger / La Belle Orange
Production: Appel d’Air

Length: 55 min

Coproduction: Centre chorégraphique national de Tours, direction Thomas Lebrun ; Centre chorégraphique national de Rillieux-la-Pape, direction Yuval PICK, dans le cadre du dispositif Accueil-Studio ; L’étoile du nord, Scène Conventionnée d’intérêt national art et création pour la danse et les écritures contemporaines, Paris ; Théâtre d’Orléans, scène nationale 

Partners: KLAP, Maison pour la danse, Marseille ; Le Silo, Méreville ; Louhenrie, Pouillé ; La Pratique, Vatan ; La Ruche en mouvement / Abbaye de Corbigny ; Oésia, Notre-Dame-d’Oé
Supports: La Région Centre-Val de Loire au titre du Parcours de Production Solidaire 2023
et de l’aide à la création 2024.

Photo: ABWARTEN © Jean-Michel Melat-Couhet