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Les Chants de l’Umaï

  • Duration: 1 h
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Système Castafiore

The beauty of a voice singing unfamiliar sounds, the power of dance, the poetry of digital imagery and an imaginary “archaeological” exploration of feminine mythologies...

“L’Umaï”: femininity, matrix, the origin of the earth and the heavens... In front of a screen displaying images of the cosmos, before zooming in to the microbial level, a strange “nun” (a visitor from another solar system?) invokes ancestral legends, beginning with a song which seems to exist outside of time, soon embellished with subtle arabesque flourishes... Have you ever head of the dragon women of Gravbekistan, the legend of the Sylphides Umaï, the bizarre ritual of the Cubikoplastes? Accompanied by the entrancing musical compositions of long-time collaborator Karl Biscuit (responsible for the artistic concept, the stage direction and the videos), Marcia Barcellos explores various feminine mythologies in a phantasmagorical performance which leaves plenty of room for interpretation. More than just a technological tool, video plays a revelatory role in this show: the marriage of virtuality, musical dialects and gestural expression yields a moment of pure humanity. A whole artistic universe existing beyond the constraints of time and categories, a delicate utopia created in response to our world’s prevailing mood of desperation.

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  • Live singing/Dance: Marcia Barcellos
  • Concept/Music: Karl Biscuit
  • Lights: Jérémie Diep
  • Set design/Infographics: Jean-Luc Tourné
  • Costumes: Christian Burle
  • Sound/Video technician: Emmanuel Ramaux
  • Co-produced by: Système Castafiore ; Théâtre de Grasse-Scène conventionnée pour la danse et le nouveau cirque ; Monaco Dance Forum
  • With thanks to: Gilles Martin, Serge Maurin, Flavien Bernezet
  • With help from: Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (DRAC PACA) ; Conseil Général des Alpes-Maritimes ; Conseil Régional Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
  • Artistic residency: Ville de Grasse
  • With the support of: Cultures France for international tours

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  • Place of capture : Le Palace
  • Collection : Mimos 2012