What is left when everything is taken away? Whiteness, for sure.
And what remains to be blown up – in order to reach the lowest common denominator.
To what stubbornly tells us about There, from There, again and again. Whatever it costs. Whatever escapes from it. May it be enchantment, passage, or joy.
In the beginning, might it be the gesture reduced to the essential: two bodies, two kinds, two colors, two dimensions, two reigns, the same solitude, the same persistent desire that it continues and that it starts again. The same deep desire to be transformed by the other, to be moved by the other. As if everything only existed to be troubled or crossed. Might it be two humans and a raven, embarking on each other in a strange sensitive and poetic ballet, where each body leaves a trace, where each story is written.
The first part of a diptych, Là is a prologue, a crude and naked gesture that circulates between bodies and voices, rhythms and worn dances, drops and momentums. Nothing settles, nothing stays, it all rolls away. A prelude to Falaise, this first piece introduces a language without words nor stops, happening under our lives. It turns inner space upside down, like a glove, inviting us to observe our behaviors in the changing surface our gestures offer us. Zooming on the present of here and now, Là reinvents our ignored gestures, our impulsive gestures, gestures of jerks, spasms, screaming, the gestures of life anyway, of life at all cost.
– Barbara Métais Chastanier
Authors and performing artists Camille Decourtye, Blaï Mateu Trias and Gus the magpie
Staging collaboration Maria Muñoz – Pep Ramis / Mal Pelo
Dramaturgy collaboration Barbara Métais-Chastanier
Music collaboration and sound design Fanny Thollot
Light design Adèle Grépinet
Costumes Céline Sathal
Recorded music Joel Bardolet (string arrangements), Jaume Guri, Masha Titova, Ileana Waldenmayer, Melda Umur.
Construction Jaume Grau and Pere Camp
General management Cyril Monteil or Coralie Trousselle
Stage management Flavien Renaudon or Cyril Turpin
Sound management Brice Marin or Fred Bühl
Distribution Judith Martin
Production director Laurent Ballay
Administration Caroline Mazeaud
Communication Ariane Zaytzeff
Production Baro d’Evel
Coproduction GREC 2018 festival in Barcelona and Teatre Lliure in Barcelona / Théâtre Garonne / Festival Montpellier Danse 2018 / Malraux national theater in Chambéry Savoie / ThéâtredelaCité – CDN Toulouse Occitanie / Pronomade(s) in Haute-Garonne / CNAR / MC93 cultural center in Seine-Saint-Denis / Le Grand T in Loire-Atlantique / L’Archipel national theater Perpignan / CIRCa national circus center for Auch Gers Occitanie / Le Parvis national theater for Tarbes-Pyrénées / Les Halles de Schaerbeek in Brussels / Le Prato in Lille / L’Estive national theater for Foix and Ariège / BAD festival in Bilbao / Cirque Jules Verne national center in Amiens / SNA national theater in Albi through the FONDOC program / Bonlieu national theater in Annecy / Avant-Scène in Cognac
Project benefits from the PYRENART European territorial cooperation program in the framework of the INTERREG V-A Spain-France-Andorra program 2014-2020, European Regional Development Fund.
Residencies Pronomade(s) in Haute-Garonne / CNAR / Le Prato in Lille / Le Théâtre Garonne
Support MC93 cultural center in Seine-Saint-Denis and L'Animal a L’Esquena (Celrà)
With help from the DGCA, Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Departmental Council of Haute-Garonne, and the City Council of Toulouse.
The company is officially recognized by the Ministry of Culture and Communication and DRAC cultural agency for the Region Occitanie / Pyrenees-Mediterranean. It is also supported by the Generalitat de Catalunya, Institut Català de les Empreses Culturals for the development of its projects from 2018 to 2020.
"Là is a slap-shaped journey, a way to give a gorgeous melody to today's world."
– Flash Hebdo
"Là seduces and captivates: this minimalist show follows the movements of life with infinite poetry."
Since 2006, Camille Decourtye and Blaï Mateu Trias have co-directed the French-Catalan company Baro d'Evel (The Baro d'Evel Cirk collective was initially created in 2000).
Their driving challenge is the search for artistic endangerment, for a total art. They mix movement, acrobatics, voice, music, and material. Their distinctive feature is to incorporate the presence of animals into this research to create shows that take the spectator into an inner labyrinth. Their performance spaces are designed as showcases, and the animals on stage bring a certain fullness of emotion. The audience is transfixed by their presence, and a different perception of the performance ensues.
They like to take the risk of using a precise form of writing that nonetheless leaves room to improvise at every moment. They also implement a layered dramaturgy, like interior poems forming a bigger one.