(Pedagogic project 2016)
RING is many things… RING is what encircles, contains, separates. RING designates Wagner’s monumental cycle of four epic operas. RING is a combat space. RING is what is used to gather people together or to set them apart. RING denotes the motorway encircling the city of Brussels. This project is a reflection on crowds, the masses, and notions of community. Organised around individual bodies or a collective body more than around a dance, RING puts into play an assembly of individuals governed by a few simple principles. Following established scenarios and outbursts of physical force that instigate at random the discipline or the rebellion of the participants, RING is above all else a playing field. Relying on purely instinctive movements in a crowd, with circulation regulated by military-like commands, the group invokes hypnotic images: running, tracking, hunting - only without the prey - platonic orgies, Dionysus groupings, forced promiscuity… In the mass, the singularity of each body becomes nondescript, or on the contrary, emerges in detail, its weakness and its strengths. RING is to be invented and reinvented with each new group of participants in this unique project.
RING requires no previous training in dance, but does demand endurance so participants should be in good physical shape.Conception: Sylvain Huc and Cécile Grassin Sound Score: Xavier Coriat
RING was performed for the first time in May 2016 in the courtyard of the Château Assier (46) as part of the program, Itinéraires Bis, with support from Pays Bourian and the Parc Naturel Régional des Causses du Quercy, and help from the Centre des Monuments Nationaux, the Services Culturels du Grand Figeac, and the associations Faits & Gestes, Babel Gum and Reissa.With :Marie Lamouroux, Bérénice Postic, Fredéric Auriac, Hélène Devaud, Aurélie Briend, Carole Dubois, Danny Pagès, Bernard Stimbre, Denis Juge, Catherine Nicolle, Will Scheick, Aurélie Perez, Sébastien Moly, Marylin Nicol, Céline Vaysse, Chantal Titelion, Maud Galvani, Florence Cordelier, Richard Nadal, Julien Leclancher, Maryline Leclancher, Hélène Maynard, Jacqueline Trelles, Magalie Privat, Amélie Viers, Annie Roy, Annick Marquet, Karyne Girardot and Cécile Grassin. Company Divergences is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Communication / Regional Direction of Cultural Affairs for the Languedoc-Roussillon Midi-Pyrénées under “Aid to structuring”. The Company also receives funding from the Région Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée, the Departemental Council of the Lot and the Community of Communes Cazals-Salviac.