Burn, rebellious hearts

Created in 2017

This piece explores the figure of the insubordinate, the one who shows a special energy, an insurrectional courage to oppose one’ s will to injustice, to moral pressure, to the spirit of the times.

What we see is always flattened, crushed, deviated by our angle of view, resolutely partial. Behind each situation, each act, each event, there is a counter-field, an invisible, an imperceptible, something that always escapes and surprises. We wish to see without determinism, without this tragic finality that alters our relationship to the world and freezes us. What could be this refusal of the accepted, of the obvious, of the inevitable? How could we invent ourselves, disavow ourselves and get rid of our own limits, those which nail us, bind us, tape us to the real – what we believe it is?

Guillaume Poix

From fragments of texts, Christian and François Ben Aïm weave, in complicity with the author Guillaume Poix, a choreographic epic: Four men, brothers and strangers, between union and disunion, are led to give themselves up body and soul in a mise en abyme of the story of their destiny.

Brûlent nos coeurs insoumis (Burn, rebellious hearts) is a collection of scenes as many different points of view, fields and counter-fields on a subjective history of our contemporary world. Ibrahim Maalouf’s musical score connects the lost filiations and supports the story with strength.

Christian and François Ben Aïm question fraternity and insubordination in a society crossed by a determined violence, like a transmitted heritage, which impregnates the bodies, insinuates itself in our habits and anchors itself in our collective memory. The stage becomes the place of remembrance: each gesture is a word, an act of rebellion in order not to forget anything of a world where everything incites to pass quickly. A race, against the tide of time, which questions what conditions our destiny and our irrepressible attempts to thwart it.

A walk backwards, as a sign of insubordination.

© Patrick Berger

Press

Brûlent nos coeurs insoumis (Burn, rebellious hearts), France Culture

Christian and François Ben Aïm, a poetic duo of choreographer brothers. Two brothers, one choreography, Christian and François Ben Aïm deliver pieces of life in the piece "Brûlent nos coeurs…

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Brûlent nos coeurs insoumis (Burn, rebellious hearts), Les Inrocks

Christian and François Ben Aïm create a brotherly quartet with author Guillaume Poix and trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf for an energetic exploration of insubordination.

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Brûlent nos coeurs insoumis (Burn, rebellious hearts), Le Monde

The new piece by the choreographic duo is on the bill at Les Hivernales festival on 21 February. Four men grappling with darkness, the unconscious, the set paths of habit…

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