Christian & François Ben Aïm
Setting up unique encounters, cultivating curiosity for other aesthetics, and communicating their passion for dance to all audiences, initiated and uninitiated alike, are indeed the foundation of the choreographers’ investment.
The presentation of the company’s creations is always an opportunity to reach out to the public, through various forms of artistic action. The company’s ambition is to develop a dynamic around its artistic project and the pieces it presents.
The choreographers are particularly keen to embed this approach in a local area, within the framework of long-term residencies, enabling them to establish a close and lasting relationship with local residents (see partners page).
These encounters are conceived and created in a variety of forms, and take place in different exhibition contexts: the usual proposals for choreographic workshops or stage-side sessions rub shoulders with more unexpected encounters, very often set up with the complicity of partner theaters.
ON ALL TERRAINS
For several years now, Christian and François BEN AÏM have been putting their choreographic writing to the test in space through their site-specific work, exploring the poetic dialogue of dance with the outside world and everyday life. In this very direct exchange with the present moment, these pieces and performances open breaches in reality to enrich possible perceptions.
They take place in ordinary or unusual places, capturing the audience and sharpening their perceptions of our surroundings. Renewing the experience of being a spectator, but more often than not initiating it and making it a simple and memorable first time, these proposals contribute to the desire to spread dance beyond the usual circles.
SOME RECENT MISSIONS
SOME EXAMPLES OF PUBLIC/ATTYPICAL SPACES – In parks and gardens, in front of exhibitions and in museums, in people’s homes “Danse en appartement”, but also in women’s homes and prisons, with pieces that also offer “hors les murs” formats, such as Bird!, the series of female solos Instantanés or Marche Rond, Tourne Droit!
AMATEURS ET AMATRICES – Numerous initiatives are organized for amateurs, notably in conjunction with artistic education establishments, ranging from simple discovery workshops to re-creations of repertory pieces.
SCHOOL – PRIMARY SCHOOL, COLLEGE, LYCEE, UNIVERSITY – One or more choreographic workshops can be held by the company in schools in conjunction with a performance. While Mirages – Les âmes boréales and La Forêt ébouriffée, pieces for all ages from 5 upwards, mainly work with elementary school and families, other pieces such as FACÉTIES lead to solid partnerships with high schools, colleges and advanced⸱e⸱s amateur groups. The choreographers also lecture at masters and other levels (arts, sociology, human sciences) on themes close to their hearts and the specificities of their artistic approach.
In conjunction with our touring productions, we organize numerous training courses, masterclasses, workshops and research laboratories each season for professionals and choreographic artists in the process of professionalizing their skills.
Training courses and creative projects are developed on a season-by-season basis, in conjunction with partner theaters and various institutions: CNDC, rectorats, art and performing arts schools such as ESAD and Académie Fratellini, conservatoires and other dance centers such as Micadanses.
TiLT! – Transmission project by Théâtre Brétigny – Scène conventionné art et humanités, with the Conservatoire de Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois, Studio Jazz de Morsang-sur-Orge, EMMD – École Municipale de Musique et de Danse Michel Legrand au Plessis-Pâté, and École des Arts de Marcoussis, with support from the Conseil départemental de l’Essonne.
Created with some forty amateur performers
SUSPENS! A hymn to suspension – Académie Fratellini
Creation for the public space with the second-year apprentices of the Académie Fratellini’s École supérieure class of 2022-23.
Fuera Dentro – East Point West
Workshop and creation as part of the Interdisciplinary Festival of Embodiment in San Luis Potosi, Mexico
La légèreté des tempêtes – Conservatoire de Nantes – CN D
Creation group with post-graduate students as part of CN D’s Danse en amateur et répertoire program. Project to re-create excerpts from the piece according to its original principles, culminating in a presentation at Lyon’s Maison de la Danse in June 2022.
Orchestrating the unexpected – ESAD – Les Plateaux Sauvages
Creation with the second-year students of the 2021-22 graduating class of the École supérieure d’art dramatique,
Les Imprévisibles – Académie Fratellini for Cirque Night
Creation for big top with second-year apprentices from the Académie’s École supérieure class of 2020-21 and six student⸱e⸱s musicians⸱ne⸱s from Pôle Sup’ 93.
Chimères & Métamorphoses – Orangerie du Domaine départemental de Sceaux
Impromptus choreography in situ in the Orangerie du Parc.
© Alain Richard, Nuit du Cirque with the Académie Fratellini, 2021 / CFB 451, various artistic actions, 2018/2020