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Standing In Time © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Standing In Time © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Standing In Time © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Standing In Time © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Standing In Time © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Standing In Time © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Standing In Time © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Standing In Time © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Standing In Time © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Standing In Time © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Standing In Time © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Standing In Time © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

Standing In Time © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

 

Presentation

  • In Maori, “Hine-Nui-Te-Po” is the woman who takes care of all humans after death. Further back in time, but just as feminine and powerful, Justicia, a Roman goddess, lives within our buildings and stands for a detached vision of justice. Between those two references, those two worldviews, Lemi Ponifasio talks about the fate of those women who disappear from society, without explanation... Surely a balance is possible. With his new show Standing in Time, the choreographer wants to question the concepts of justice and human dignity. Calling on the story of creation and destruction, he proposes a reflection on the journey of humanity and of life on earth. Before us, a stage. Within that framework, he summons nine women, all dressed in black. This quasi-monastic ensemble lets him imagine time and space, and the use of black and white leads to a contemplative atmosphere. Sensation is favoured over meaning, and it is through sensation that humanity will be able to understand what surrounds it, what makes its essence. If Lemi Ponifasio was inspired by the writings of Syrian poetess Rasha Abbas, to which respond the laments written by women from isolated Maori communities, it is to give the audience access to the purity of language and to the emotion carried by sounds rather than to the incomplete meaning inherent to the arbitrary nature of words. No surtitles here, but the possibility of a poetic, if not cosmogonic, reading of the world.

     

    Lemi Ponifasio
    Lemi Ponifasio is a Samoan and New Zealand choreographer, dancer, director, designer, and artist, whose work defies conventional definitions. In 1995, he founded MAU in Auckland, New Zealand, in collaboration with communities and artists from all over the world. MAU, in Samoan, is a reference to the quest for truth. His works—in which light and darkness fight each other and black challenges white—plunge the audience into a dreamlike and ceremonial space, into a cosmogonic reflection. His show Birds With Skymirrors, created in 2010, testified of the disappearance of the Pacific islands, homeland to many of its performers, devastated by climate change. Among other shows, Lagimoana was presented at the Biennale in Venice in 2015, and Apocalypsis at the Luminato Festival in Toronto that same year. Stones In Her Mouth in 2013 was the beginning of a long collaboration with Maori women from communities whose powerful evocation of life has been transmitted through ancient oratorical songs. Lemi Ponifasio was invited to present I AM in the Cour d'honneur of the Palais des papes during the 68th edition of the Festival d'Avignon.

  • Distribution

    Texts Lemi Ponifasio
    Direction, stage design, sound Lemi Ponifasio
    Lights Helen Todd
    Music Ria Te Uira Paki, Te Ara Vakaafi
    Costumes Kasia Pol

    With Gabriela Arancibia, Rosie Te Rauawhea Belvie, Kasina Campbell, Te Riina Kapea, Elisa Avendano Curaqueo, Nazerene Paea, Ria Te Uira Paki, Kahumako Rameka, Manuao Ross

    Production

    Production MAU
    Co-production Festspielhaus St. Pölten
    With the support of Fondation BNP Paribas for the 71st edition of the Festival d'Avignon

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