PROGRESS ON THE NEXT CREATION – Newsletter october 2023

PROGRESS ON THE NEXT CREATION – Newsletter october 2023

© Patrick Berger

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The first rehearsals for TENDER ANGER are approaching!
La Briqueterie CDCN du Val-de-Marne will be the first of our partners to welcome the company in December, to open this long-term project, leading up to the premiere in January 2025.


The TENDER  ANGER team is now complete! Five new dancers join the company: Jamil Attar, Rosanne Briens, Andréa Givanovitch, Nikita Goile and Jérémy Kouyoumdjian. They complete the cast already comprising Johan Bichot, Chiara Corbetta, Marie Lévénez and Emilio Urbina, performers from ALL IN JEST, and Alex Blondeau, soloist in the third instalment of the Snapshots series.

Intense, skin-deep performers with rich, singular backgrounds, ready and willing to go through the shattering states of this “tender anger” and discover how, from “outside oneself”, another way of living together is reinvented.


The creative process for this ambitious project will take place over ten weeks of rehearsals, spread between December 2023 and January 2025.

Several venues will host creative residencies, including La Briqueterie CDCN du Val-de-Marne, CN D – Centre national de la danse, Le CENTQUATRE-PARIS, La Maison / Nevers – Scène conventionnée Art en territoire, Théâtre de Suresnes Jean Vilar, l’Orange Bleue d’Eaubonne…

The premieres will take place from January 10 to 12, 2025, at the opening of the Suresnes Cités Danse Festival!

To finalize the production, the company is still looking for co-producers and residencies. Be part of the adventure, join the project partners!


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TENDER ANGER is based on the experience of a void, a point where willpower wavers and control is lost. Part of a cycle of research of “intranquillity” begun with the previous piece All in jest, and with the notion of “outside oneself” as its central focus, this creation questions those suspended times when human beings may feel they have stepped outside themselves and are no longer themselves. The writing will carry this questioning through the bodies in the opposing forms of abandonment (ecstasy, drunkenness, trance…) and rage (anger, rage, fury…).

For us, “outside oneself” also designates the state, the place of sensitivity, of relationship to oneself, from which an “ethic of renunciation” can be experienced at different levels. This attitude favors non-doing, withdrawal and abandonment in the face of injunction, or Bartleby’s “I’d rather not”.

The “outside of oneself” thus appears to be the playground for exploration, where we can renounce our self-image, measure and action. We will seek to transpose these marks of rupture and deviation into our choreographic writing, drawing on the following principles and notions: the incongruous, absurd and strange body; organicity; animality; the interweaving of bodies; the sharing of a common rhythm and pulse; the figure of murmuration.

Christian & François Ben Aïm

© Laurence Vasselin

Production CFB 451
Coproduction Théâtre de Suresnes Jean Vilar, La Maison / Nevers – Scène conventionnée Art en territoire, Château Rouge – Scène conventionnée d’intérêt national Art & Création d’Annemasse, Escher Theater (Luxembourg), Théâtre Jean Vilar de Vitry-sur-Seine
Support L’Orange Bleue – Eaubonne, CN D – Centre national de la danse, La Briqueterie CDNC du Val-de-Marne, Le CENTQUATRE-PARIS, L’Envolée – Pôle artistique du Val Briard

Ongoing search for partners 

Artistic file upon request : Alejandra Paz

© Patrick Berger

2560 1920 Compagnie Christian et François Ben Aïm