NOW (Carolyn Carlson 2014)© Patrick Berger

Now – Création 2014

7 dancers. Creation November 2014, Théâtre National de Chaillot.


Bringing the Mind back home, where the inner vision perceives the spaces we live in, inspired by the writings of Gaston Bachelard, La poétique de l’espace.

These spaces contain the hallways of our mind as memories of mystery contained in sacred spaces and place. Shelters of our imagination of houses, corners, attics, cellars, and the immensity of intimacy that grants the consciousness a sphere of Universal Awareness. The explorations into the recesses of the spiritual dimensions of our being. That space includes a poetry of the sealed vase of creative adventures.

« Je suis l’espace ou je suis… ». Noel Arnaud

Why this work? It is intention for those indelible houses and places which we inhabit, as possessing an inherent value of humanities urge for security and longing for the furtherance of the mysterious forces which provide our tangible realities of profane and sacred values. A recognition of our everyday lives made visible. Our minuscule immensity of presence in the Universe.

An act in 7 parts of metaphor and poetry

house, from cellar to attic
drawers, chests, wardrobes of contained secrets
nests and shells of shelter
corners of the alone and dreams
miniature to universe
intimate immensity
the eternal circle, within and without

Each of the 7 sections will include a poem from poets as Milosz, Rilke, Baudelaire…..

Hurricanes, storms, and downpours haunt the “poetics of space”, all tremors that make the simple of huts shine in strength of sheltering… Something that Bachelard uses to open our understanding of house and universe. of miniature and immensity.

« …à travers nous s’envolent
Les oiseaux en silence. O, moi qui veux grandir Je regarde au dehors, et L’arbre en moi grandit… » Rilke

As dance is inherent without word, this work is but a participation in a flowing onward expressed in terms of time and space. a metaphor of meditation for one hour 20 minutes.

Carolyn Carlson


Contact for booking / Chaillot Jamila Hessaine


choreography Carolyn Carlson
choreographic assistant Colette Malye
dancers Constantine Baecher, Juha Marsalo, Céline Maufroid, Riccardo Meneghini, Yutaka Nakata, Sara Orselli, Sara Simeoni
original music René Aubry
lights Patrice Besombes
stage design Maxime Ruiz (photos and videos), Benoît Simon (photo and videos arrangements)
costumes Chrystel Zingiro
with the team of Théâtre National de Chaillot

production Théâtre National de Chaillot
in partnership with la Carolyn Carlson Company
coproduction Ballet du Nord / CCN Roubaix Nord-Pas de Calais, L’Atelier à spectacle / La scène conventionnée de l’Agglo du Pays de Dreux
thanks to CDC Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson and the Théâtres of the Cartoucherie
with the support of “Le Manège de Chaillot”