“Manufactured” is a study on the art of making things, and the art of things making (in return). To make things is not, after all, simply giving form to formless matter. Materials themselves move, guiding the human body and its actions. Things invite the gestures of the hand that gives them form. Making is much more a dance between the human body and the materials of the world, a following and being followed, a shaping and being shaped. Things come into being in the process of this dance.
Fabrice Mazliah in his new creation for the students of La Manufacture zooms into this dance. He asks each student to choose an artifact and study it thoroughly, to listen to the things and the materials that make them up. This act of listening to the language of things, discovering their history, their way of being in the world, becomes a motor for the initiation of movement and choreography. If dance is not only a priviledge of the human body, can it instigate a process of transformation into the things that surround us?
A creation for the students of La Manufacture in Lausanne Switzerland
Premiere: April 16 2018 - Gessnerallee Zurich for STEPS Festival
Conceived and staged by: Fabrice Mazliah in collaboration with the performer
Performed by: Marius Barthaux, Simon Crettol, Karine Dabouindji, Ursula Graber, Anaïs Kauer, Melissa Kieffer, Clémentine Le Bas, Nicolas Mayorga, Simon Ramseier, Hervé Scherwey, Camilla Stanga
Dramaturgical assistant: Marialena Marouda
Rehearsal Assistant: Simon Wherli
Music: Johannes Hellberger, Kling Klang Klong
Lights: Robin Dupuis