Michel Cavalca
Michel Cavalca
Performance for 6 dancers | Creation 2011 | Duration 55’

Fog and silence. Dawn and waiting.

Gradually an apparition and one can distinguish a body levitating in space, in a spiral movement, with its origins lost in the inaugural vapors.

One after another, five bodies join the first, executing and repeating like a canon the same movements. Four female and two male dancers are dressed almost identically in trousers and T-shirts one over the other: corresponding to the curved geometric forms and the perpetual movement, there is a symbolism of colors, with the blue, intermingled in delicate and warm shades.

They move in a multi-polar space which impregnates them completely and which embraces independent directions, necessary and endless, producing a contrasting feeling of abundance and deficiency. Like being in the distance, feeling alone and together at the same time, they seem to be suspended in cosmos, as if their weightlessness defies heavenly laws or as if they are surfing on the peak of a flexing wave.

The structure of the movement alternates between the concave and convex, the curves and the straight lines, the rising and the falling, the continuing movements and the motionless stasis. It may trigger one to think about the rhythmic contraction of a heart, systolic and diastolic, or at the slow and regular rate of the pulse.

But this is in an effort to bring in something different from the repetitive movement, which always returns to the same place. By incorporating the game of interaction between bodies and the variations of perspective, through the lapse of time, transformations are operating, sensations emerging, and situations created. The attention is drawn to smallest details of movement. There is no border between inside and outside, between the invisible and the sensible. Through its organic quality, the movement witnesses the transference of energy, which acquires its source under the skin’s surface, in order to elevate it and propagate it to the extremities.

The twisting of the joints at the wrist allows the renewal and rhythm of the cadence. The curves of the spine and the hips, and the oscillations depict an ornamental dimension of this style, which recreates the arabesque, its asymmetries, and its perpetual capacity to bend and meander in many forms.

The music by Sir Richard Bishop accentuates the special aura of these movements.

Dance and music unite and converse, allowing the acoustic dimension to fill the space. The rippling succession of figures echoes the variations of the same musical theme. The music itself guarantees a dramatic function building up its intensities until the finale: the space between each note reflects the gossamer-like embroidery which electrify to some dissonant form towards the end. The space shrinks and confines the movement creating a rhythmic trance in a concentric circle. The bodies fuse under the influence of a fatal attraction. The light exposes the trance-like bodies, subjected to boundless acceleration. The scene suggests unfathomable depths, a black hole which would inhale and absorb the bodies. A strange end of double relaxation occurs where the dance seems to get engulfed by its own phantasm which is also its highest degree of incandescence. On the brink of merging with its unlimited desire, the dance surpasses it own abilities in a kind of voluptuous gluttony, which attests to its own weakness and accomplishment. In the night characterized by the final note of a guitar chord, there remains the dream of an ecstatic fusion of pure movement.

Graziella Jouan





Choreography, Concept
Laurence Yadi, Nicolas Cantillon 

Luc Benard, Nicolas Cantillon, Gildas Diquero, Lola Kervroëdan, Margaux Monetti, Laurence Yadi

Artistic collaboration
Graziella Jouan, Karelle Ménine

Sir Richard Bishop 

Mixing, recording
Nicolas Field

Light design
Patrick Riou

Technical manager
Arnaud Viala

Philippe Combeau

Graphic design
Yona Lee

Compagnie 7273 

ADC - Association pour la Danse Contemporaine, Geneva, CND – Centre National de la Danse, Pantin

Financial support
Compagnie 7273 benefits from a joint support from Ville de Genève, République et canton de Genève and Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council for the period 2009-2011.

Compagnie 7273 is also supported by Loterie Romande, Fondation Fluxum, Sophie und Karl Binding Stiftung, Landis & Gyr Stiftung and Artephila Stiftung.

Touring grant
The 2011 tour is supported by Corodis and Pour-cent culturel Migros. The 2013-2014 tour is supported by Corodis. The 2014-2015 benefits from the support of Corodis and Loterie Romande.

Studio for rehearsal and creation residency
ADC studio, Geneva, Ballet du Grand Théâtre, Geneva and CND – Centre National de la Danse, Pantin

Special thanks
Monique Barbaroux, Silvia Bidegain, Philippe Cohen, Anne Davier, Muriel Décaillet, Sylvie Dhuyvetter, Patrick Eberhardt, Sébastien Favez, Nicolas Field, Myriam Kridi, Thomas Lebrun, Yona Lee, Françoise Mamie, Renaud Noël, Claude Ratzé, Hebba Shérif (Pro Hevetia Cairo), Nicole Simon-Vermot, Sandra Vinciguerra, Département de la Culture de la Ville de Genève for the accommodation at Halles de l'Ile and Villa Bernasconi - Service Culturel de la Ville de Lancy