The solo performance Cosmos is the fruit of a meeting between the juggler and choreographer Clément Dazin and the dancer and contortionist Ashtar Muallem.
Using the body and dance, she evokes a 30-year-old city dweller's existential challenges and questions the intimate relationship we have with our spiritual practices.
In this moving and humorous show, she shares her explorations and her multiple attempts to find the spirituality and energy that connect our emotions to our bodies.
From the sacred to the profane, Ashtar's elastic body engages in incredible spirals that allow outrageous reflections to blossom and touchingly reveal the paradoxes present within her. There is a self-mockery that is situated somewhere between memory and fiction, and it plays with what is real and what is invented. This is where the trouble begins...
Then, this solo performance gradually transforms into an invitation to a collective and clownish ceremony!
Concept Clément Dazin
With and by Ashtar Muallem
Sound design Grégory Adoir
Light design and stage management Tony Guérin
Administration, production, distribution La Magnanerie – Victor Leclère, Anne Herrmann, Martin Galamez, and Lauréna de la Torre.
Production La Main de l’Homme / Coproduction KLAP Maison pour la danse, Marseille / With the support of the Biennale Internationale des Arts du Cirque.
Clément Dazin creates uninhibited circus performances that embrace his many past experiences, including dance, circus, juggling, and gymnastics. Inspired by contemporary themes, his shows disrupt traditional practices and ignore the boundaries between circus, dance, and live performance.
La Main de l’Homme company has a strong link with juggling and circus in general, but also with theater movements and dance. Established in Strasbourg since its creation in 2016, the company has combined creation, distribution, artistic projects, and cultural outreach. Very active locally, the company also performs at major international festivals, with notable appearances in Rio de Janeiro, Taipei, Paris, Potsdam, and Turin. The company has received significant support since it was founded from La Brèche and the Théâtre d’Elbeuf, the two platforms of the national circus center in Normandy.