Climax : n. (greek : klimax, scale)
Final term of the natural evolution of a vegetable formation.

A character dances on stage. The dance is like a natural secretion, organic and elaborated at the same time. The company breaks here with its “deconstructed” manner and seems to have decided to produce an identifiable dance, reassuring and predictable. Impression contradicted by the presence, behind the dancer, of a curtain cutting the stage in two that rises in the middle of the show revealing the monumental letters of the word “climax”, designed according to the model of the nightclubs disco balls. The solemn and ridiculous apparition of this word overhanging the stage, inaccurate title, inaccurate programme, inaccurate definition, doesn’t disrupt at all the dance that continues on the same mode while the play enters the heart of the matter and elaborate its meaning on this improper, inappropriate word.

Climax: final term, apogee, orgasm, ultimate threshold.

The climax with triumphant sonorities is doomed to melancholy, bearing the germ of its own death. It draws a horizon, an summit that always gives way : salutary disappointment because the dance would not resist meeting its desire. Its a lure, a provocation to which the dancer opposes an imperturbable concentration.

In this gap between the dance and its climax, between the danceable and the naïve temptation of an absolute, is spreading the theatrical space inhabited by a dancer, apparently indifferent, however animated, turned on by the influence of the climax that gives a motive, a reason to continue. Such is its virtue : generating energy, tracer of perspectives, the climax is similar to the project, the artistic intention, in bloom in a minimal flowering, frustrating and precious.

Once more, the disruptive logic that underlies every shows of the company is at work. The critical irony, constant of their choreographies, is itself eluded, thus avoiding the reef of a binary discourse in favour of a third way that spreads from everywhere, recycle everything that could prevent creation and free some space. To dance.

Graziella Jouan
Translation :  Jérémy Jaussi

Creation - 2006
Duration 40'
Choreography , Concept:
Laurence Yadi, Nicolas Cantillon
Nicolas Cantillon
Light creation:
Jean-Philippe Roy
The completion of the decor:
Sylvia Faleni assisté par Cédric Bach et Maria Galvez
Compagnie 7273 (CH - FR)
Culturgest Lisbonne (P), O Espaço do Tempo Montemor-o-Novo (P)
Financial support:
City of Geneva, Republic and Canton of Geneva, Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council, Loterie Romande, Direction régionale des affaires culturelles de la région Rhône- Alpes, Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, Conseil Général de la Haute-Savoie. La compagnie a bénéficié d’un partenariat avec la Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art et a reçu le prix de la Fondation Liechti pour les arts pour cette création
Residencies of creation:
Studios de l’ADC Genève, Flux Laboratory Carouge, Arsenic Lausanne (CH) et O Espaço do Tempo Montemor-o-Novo (P)