While touring over the past two years, the Théâtre du Centaure started a research project on difference and disability using three centaurs: one blind, the second limited in his motricity, and the third experiencing a burnout. Manolo hoped to write L’Envol in the ink of the bodies of his friends and dance with his horse because sometimes, with him, he feels as though he is flying. This piece is precisely about that: finding the energy to get back up, to sing a joyful tune, to call out a cry of alliance.
Blindfolded, standing on her black horse, Camille gropes along with a white cane; homage to all the guide dogs and the powerful relationship that exists between two beings to see, live, and walk together.
Bertrand and his horse Akira continue with his character from the previous performance: John, a high-frequency former trader who left the finance world and no longer speaks, except sometimes into his imaginary phones, stuck in the modern world’s stigmatisms, battling the leftovers from his former life.
As for Manolo and Toshiro, they sketch out a dance with small steps. A dance lying on the floor; a lame dance with two centaur-sized crutches. What joy to dance again and again!
Centaurs: Camille & Sombre, Bertrand & Akira, Manolo & Toshiro
Collective creation: directed by Manolo
Music composition: Virgile Abela
Light creation: Bertrand Blayo
Costumes design: Clarisse Guichard
For their participation in Manolo's show, we thank: Barbara Sarreau - choreographic support, Mélanie Tonini - preliminary study for the costumes, Celinde Schoenmaker - performer, soprano
For Bertrand's performance: Virgile Abela - Performance of JS Bach's bwv1000 for lute on the folk guitar
For Camille's performance: Angélique Huguenin and Cherifa Harzala - Voice, Léa Cesar - Soprano, Camille and Julie Avril - Alto, Julie Avril - Flute
For global sound creation: the ADIHM ESAT, The Argonautes - l'Hôpital Edouard Toulouse Residencies - Korian Le Baou & Korian L'Escale du Baou
Production: Théâtre du Centaure
Coproduction: Archaos, Pôle National des Arts du Cirque Mediterranée
“The Théâtre du Centaure performed breathtaking mastery of its concept…the rhythm of the hooves, the froth at the muzzle, the shining rumps, the powerful smell, far from artifice, accentuate the physical impact and the sensuality of words.” Stéphane Davet, Le Monde
“The singularity of the Théâtre du Centaure needn’t be proven…It both affirms once and for all the pertinence of its utopia: a centaur actor, half man-half animal… In the face of the barbarity of the real, the wild beauty of the centaurs finds exceptional force of impact…” Thierry Voisin, Télérama
For the past twenty years, Manolo & Camille have been working toward the realization of a utopia: the centaur, a hyphen between human and animal. Out of this research were born artistic creations, both intimate in their scope or of a larger scale. These creations borrow aspects from the theater (Les Bonnes, Otto Witte, La 7e Vague, Centaures Quand nous étions enfants), the new circus (Macbeth, L’Envol), dance and the visual arts (Cargo, Flux) or even street arts (Surgissements) and film (Silence et Animaglyphes). In between tours throughout France, Europe, Marocco, Singapour or in Istambul, they participate in big international events: TransHumance, a flagship events during Marseille-Provence, European Capital of Culture 2013; L’Ouest Sauvage in Danemark, with the Odin Teatret for the European Capital of Culture 2017; and in Leeuwarden in the Netherlands for the European Capital of Culture 2018.