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REQUIEM (2011)

REQUIEM ©Erik Damiano

"Funeral lament, prayer for the rest of the body and the soul, the Requiem evokes a possible place between flesh and consciousness, the projection of the being towards the unknown. How could one seize this ambiguous celebration today – lamentation and shout of revolt, quest of reassurance and rite of insubordination? How could it be reinvested with its subversive power in order to sculpt a « corps-requiem », mix of tumult and reassurance, fascination and horror?
Accompanied with the guitarist Marc Sens, Magali Milian and Romuald Luydlin seized the requiem as a formal exercice to be dislocated and a potential to be reactivated. Adopting its insistence and its repetition, they made of it a rite of passage in chiaroscuro: an intermediate zone in which some buried dimensions of the body can be stretched, simultaneous states of intensity, suspension, immobility and break points can be investigated. On the horizon of this research, the enigma of the resting state – paradoxical situation which is neither peace, nor death, nor the sleep, but resistance to the flow: indissoluble presence and refusal.
Working on the verge of different genres, Requiem works as an organization of materials in tension: from vocal cords singing, accentuating the text, to the guitar’s string scrubbed, strucked or brushed; muscles holding the limbs to the cables supporting the body as an offering or a mutilated victim – every element seems ready to fall over all the time.
Striking the stage to force their way through, the two interpreters cloud possible leads and roles; alternatively narrator and passive, unanimated silhouettes or presiding a strange ceremony, they play the double dimension of the passage: body crossing through and making a way.
In echo to Casey’s text, the music of Marc Sens – full of noise, metallic screeching and of melodic impulses – becomes orchestra and percussion, whip which streaks the body or murmurs which caresses it.
The continuous stretching and twisting of the flesh produces images – a recumbent lifeless, an embrace – the double figures of Eros ans Thanatos singing together. Forever…"

Gilles Amalvi

REQUIEM ©Erik Damiano
REQUIEM ©Erik Damiano
REQUIEM ©Isabelle Duverger
REQUIEM ©Erik Damiano

Choreography Magali Milian and Romuald Luydlin

With Magali Milian, Romuald Luydlin, Marc Sens
Guitars Marc Sens
Light creation Pascale Bongiovanni
Direction and sound control Valérie Leroux
Sculptor Anne Leray
Texts Casey


Translation Benoit Michou

Executive production Compagnie la Zampa

Co-production Théâtre de Nîmes, Scène Nationale d’Albi, Fondazione Fabbrica Europa per le Arti Contemporanee (Florence – Italie).

With the support of Programme Culture de la Commission Européenne, projet ‘Focus on Art and Science in the Performing Arts’.

Workshops DSN – Dieppe Scène Nationale, Scène nationale d’Albi, Ville de Tournefeuille, Teatro Metastasio à Prato (Italie), La Ferme du Buisson Scène Nationale de Marne-la-Vallée.

This show benefits from the support of Charte de diffusion interrégionale signed by Onda, Arcadi, OARA, ODIA Normandie and Réseau en scène-Languedoc Roussillon.

La Zampa is supported by Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication / Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles Languedoc-Roussillon, Région Languedoc-Roussillon, Conseil Général du Gard and Ville de Nîmes


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Théâtre En Garrigues, Port-la-Nouvelle


// April 17, 2015

CHATEAUVALLON Centre national de création et de diffusion culturelles


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Les Sept Collines, Scène Conventionnée de Tulle


// February 25, 2013

Festival Artdanthé - Théâtre de Vanves


// January 14 & 15, 2013

CPR - Chez Bushwick - Brooklyn, New York


// November 19, 20 et 21, 2012

Montpellier Danse - Montpellier


// March 29, 2012

Ville de Pamiers


// February 2, 2012

Théâtre d'Aurillac


// January 31, 2012

Scènes Croisées de Lozère, scène conventionnée écritures d'aujourd'hui - Mende


// December 9 et 10, 2011

Théâtre de Nîmes


// October 1st, 2011

TAP Scène Nationale de Poitiers


// September 27, 2011

Grotte de Niaux - Printemps de septembre 2011, avec l'Estive Scène Nationale de Foix et de l'Ariège, Caza d'Oro et le SESTA


// May 10 et 11, 2011

Festival Fabbrica Europa per le Arti Contemporanee - Florence (Italie)


// April 5 & 6, 2011

Festival C’est de la Danse Contemporaine, CDC Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées / PREMIERE


// October 30, 2010

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// July 21, 2010

Les Nuits Euphoriques de Tournefeuille / Work in progress

// May 24-27, 2010

Teatro Metastasio, Prato (Italie) / Work in progress

// April 13-14, 2010

Performance Mix Festival - Joyce Soho, New York / Work in progress

// April 10, 2010

Studio 303,  Montréal (Canada) / Work in progress


// March 14, 2010

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