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Wed, Jun 26



"the cave" - premiere

A research project initiated in 2022 as part of the "Mondes Nouveaux" funding, this performance showcasing an intimate relationship between a dancer and a parietal cave will be performed for the first time at Latitudes Contemporaines Festival.

 "the cave" - premiere
 "the cave" - premiere

Time & Location

Jun 26, 2024, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Lille, 50 Rue de l'Europe, 59000 Lille, France

About the event


the cave is the story of an encounter, or of a series of encounters: an encounter between a body and an environment - that of the Combarelles cave in the French region of Dordogne. In contact with these walls engraved with human and animal motifs over 13,000 years ago, the choreographer Pol Pi experienced a double movement of decentering and widening; within the bowels that go deep into the earth, he felt a call to decipher and incorporate the existence of these multiple presences - to pass on something of what this place has to teach us.

It is also the encounter with the guide at Combarelles cave Monique Veyret, and her attentiveness in reading these fragile silhouettes, in learning the grammar of the lines laid on the stone by the light of a grease lamp. Here, the back of a lioness, there, the head of a horse, the outline of a stylised female figure - using the reliefs and hollows in the rock. The reading of the signs, and all the connections that are established between them, reveals the variety of becomings, the constant interweaving of living forms. 

Using self-induced cognitive trance as a creative tool - to enter into resonance with other states, other voices, other uses of his her body - Pol Pi has composed a choreography in the manner of a guided tour. This inner journey takes us both within himself and into the recesses of an imaginary place taking shape. The cave seems to whisper "Every being is multiple" as the animal figures reveal themselves, mutate and recompose in his flesh.

With his body torn, amplified, traversed by intensities, Pol Pi invites us on a sensory, sonic and physical journey. His dance gives rise to other forms of existence, other ways of relating to the outside world, and deploys all the metaphors of the cave - secret place, refuge, entrails or womb. An archaeological dig as much as a fertility ritual, the cave fashions singular creatures, resonates voices, brings worlds into being. On the steps of ALEXANDRE and Me too, Galatea, Pol Pi continues his exploration of becomings, with a desire to trouble gender beyond the human and to explore the body’s potential for metamorphosis.

Gilles Amalvi

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