New Settings 2011

16 Nov 2011
20 Nov 2011
Arthur Nauzyciel and Miroslaw Balka, "Jan Karski, Mon nom est une fiction", 2011 © Frédéric Nauczyciel pour le CDN Orléans
Eli Commins and Stéfane Perraud, "Writing Spaces", 2011 © Stéfane Perraud
Cyril Teste and Patrick Laffont, "Sun", 2011 © Patrick Laffont
Fanny de Chaillé and Philippe Ramette, "Passage à l’acte", 2011 © Marc Domage
In 2011, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès inaugurates the New Settings programme, supporting four pieces in production, which are then presented at the Théâtre de la Cité Internationale in Paris. These works all feature crossings of one kind or another: they play on the porosity of the boundary between performing arts and visual arts as their creators experiment with original and unusual forms.

Since its creation, the Foundation has contributed to the production of various works for the stage, paying particularly close attention to those that lie at the crossroads of the performing arts and the visual arts. The New Settings programme was created to further this commitment. Each year, performance works are selected following an international call for projects before being presented at the Théâtre de la Cité Internationale in Paris.

Choreographer Fanny de Chaillé and artist Philippe Ramette imagine a Passage à l’acte – ‘acting out’ in the language of psychology – with a certain measure of humour. Chaillé’s work explores the languages of dance, theatre and performance, whilst Ramette takes to the stage in quite literally twisted postures. Both share a fascination for the movement of bodies in space – an interest which they pursue here by enclosing dancers in sculptural prosthetics. In doing so, they take on a double challenge: for Chaillé, to lead gesture to triumph over physical constraint, and for Ramette, to reveal the mysterious sculptures behind his installations and photographs.

On a winter’s night in Hanover, two children aged six and seven years old elope to a sunny clime. Though in reality their jaunt took them only as far as the airport, director Cyril Teste prolongs this story through SUN, a piece imagined together with videographer Patrick Laffont and other members of the Collectif MxM. From the complicity of these two creators – Teste provided Laffont with a partial text to complete with his own images – emerges a form that is enchanting and exacting in equal measure. Produced live on stage, video here becomes the true language of the performance, offering up the movement, life and spontaneity of the young actors.

The year is 1942, and Polish resistance fighter Jan Karski is seeking to alert the Allies to the fate of Europe’s Jews. But his efforts are in vain…. Deeply marked by Yannick Haenel’s account of this story, Arthur Nauzyciel translates Karski’s neglected testimony to the stage, with invited artist Miroslaw Balka’s hypnotic, minimalist video work summoning the stifling atmosphere of the Warsaw ghetto at the centre of the piece. Entitled Jan Karski (Mon nom est une fiction), this work turns the theatre into a place of resistance – resistance against forgetting. 

A story of borders without borders: those between the lived and the imagined, the spectator and the actor, the text and multimedia, are all swept away. Based on the (true) story of a migrant, Writing Spaces allows the audience to change the course of the narrative through tactile screens. Continuing their collaborative exploration of the possible links between playwriting and technological interfaces, actor-director Eli Commins and artist-scenographer Stéfane Perraud here offer a voyage through an environment of images and sounds whose coordinates are forever shifting.


Performing arts
In 2011, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès introduces the New Settings programme.
Following a call for projects, four pieces are supported in production and presented at the Théâtre de la Cité Internationale in Paris.
These works all explore encounters between the performing and visual arts.


  • Presented in Ile-de-France

    The following works were presented in Paris, from 11/16/2011 to 11/20/2011:

    • Fanny de Chaillé and Philippe Ramette, Passage à l’Acte
    • Collectif MxM & Cyril Teste and Patrick Lafont, Sun
    • Arthur Nauzyciel and Miroslow Balka, Jan Karski (Mon nom est une fiction)
    • Eli Commins and Stéfane Perraud, Writing Spaces

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