creation 2019

Before being the name of a defeat, Berezina was the name of a battle. In this piece by David Wampach, each dancer fights in front of the mirror. Renewing the gesture of plastic artists followers of action painting or endotism (which opposed exoticism!), it is a struggle with and against narcissism that is engaged here, through a series of metamorphoses. As if everyone, to reach their core, the light and dark part of their history, had to joyfully engage in the formation, the deformation, and the exhaustion of all their masks.

"I am particularly interested in the transformations and transitory states of the body. I question its representation in the contemporary era's aesthetic, social and political contexts: how is the body sometimes hidden, sometimes shown? A body is often tested by professional activities, sports, or even cosmetic surgery. I draw my sources from the history of entertainment, as well as from the dance repertoire. I seek to explore the body's involvement at the frontiers of genres and to exhibit the springs. For the piece BEREZINA, created in 2019 and presented at the Théâtre des 13 Vents, I wanted to thwart the obvious, as to the writing of a group piece, by choosing to isolate each dancer, in a succession of 6 soli. They are presented under the watchful eye of a group of individuals, who are sometimes witnesses, supervisors, supporters, mechanics, make-up artists, magicians."
David Wampach
April 28, 2020

© Martin Colombet

choreography • David Wampach
interpretation • Régis Badel, Maeva Cunci, Lorenzo de Angelis, Ghyslaine Gau, Lise Vermot, Mickey Mahar
artistic advices • Dalila Khatir, Tamar Shelef, Jason Batut, Marie Orts
costume & make-up • Rachel Garcia
light • Maurice Fouilhé
sound • Yvan Lesurve
stage management • Emmanuel Fornès
sound management • Jordan Dixneuf
production and touring • Karen Jouve
administration • Sylvie Suire

thanks to • Mathias Varenne, Lucas Lagomarsino, Elsa Depardieu, Paula Dartigues, Léa Chénot, Ionna Sylvestre, Lucie Szymczak, Natacha Varez Herblot, Antoine Billet, Julie Le Gall

production • Association achles

La Maison CDCN Uzès Gard Occitanie, Charleroi Danse Centre Chorégraphique de Wallonie-Bruxelles, Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, ICI - Centre Chorégraphique National Montpellier Occitanie - direction Christian Rizzo, Le Phare - Centre Chorégraphique National du Havre Normandie - direction Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh, Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans - direction Maud Le Pladec, La Place de la Danse CDCN Toulouse Occitanie. This piece receives the support of ADAMI:

with the support of • Saison Foundation (Tokyo/Japon), CND de Pantin - un centre d’art pour la danse, le Théâtre de Nîmes.

February 1 and 2, 2019Creation • Charleroi Danse Centre Chorégraphique de Wallonie-Bruxelles, La Raffinerie Brussels
May 17 and 18, 2019 • Creation at Festival les Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis in opening at Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil
June 22, 2019 • Festival Uzès danse, La Maison CDCN Uzès Gard Occitanie
December 3, 2021 • Festival Charbon Ardent, La Grand Combe
March 3 and 4, 2022 • Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona