Patrick Berger


7 dancers. Creation Novembre 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.

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…..

Now de Carolyn Carlson

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.

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

Choreography | Carolyn Carlson
Choreographic assistant | Colette Malye

Performing | Constantine Baecher, Juha Marsalo, Céline Maufroid, Riccardo Meneghini, Yutaka Nakata, Sara Orselli, Sara Simeoni

Original music | René Aubry

Light designer | Patrice Besombes

Stage design | Maxim Ruiz (photos, videos), Benoit Simon (photomontages)

Costumes | Chrystel Zingiro

Artistic advise | Claire de Zorzi

Production | Théâtre National de Chaillot
In partnership with Carolyn Carlson Company
Coproduction | Ballet du Nord / Centre Chorégraphique National Roubaix Nord-Pas de Calais, L’Atelier à spectacle – Scène conventionnée de l’Agglo du Pays de Dreux
Thanks to CDC Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson and the Cartoucherie Theaters
With the support of endowment funds “Le Manège de Chaillot”


Photos © Laurent Paillier