Ten years ago, Benoît Lachambre presented his first ‘fake’ choreographic solo. He’s now back with Snakeskins, a multimedia and poly-sensorial performance. For his new creation, Benoît Lachambre has chosen a reptilian metaphor. Snakeskins, inevitably, is about molting, with an emphasis on the result and decomposition over time.
This solo (or so-called once more this ‘fake’ solo, because he is accompagnied on stage by the dancer Daniele Albanese and the musician / multi-instrumentalist Hahn Rowe), offers the choreographer the opportunity to point sharpen the strong lines of his work and reposition his approach in the present. To update this very inside inner, process, very organic process, the choreographer imagines a structure in perpective which that creates a leak point of emanation in space, clings on to it and plays upon weights dispersionsthe distribution of weight. The body undulates, surrenders, and is transformed by minute alterations of on symmetry and balance. There are multiple variations and amplitudes of movements are multiples. With Snakeskins, Benoît Lachambre gives opens himself up as never before, making his own skin a surface of resistance to any formatted ideas.
Concept, choreography and performance Benoît Lachambre
With the participation of Daniele Albanese
Music composed and performed live Hahn Rowe
Artistic collaboration Daniele Albanese, Hanna Hedman
Costumes & props Alexandra Bertaut
Photography Christine Rose Divito
Lighting Yves Godin
Scenography Yves Godin, Benoît Lachambre, Philippe Dupeyroux
Technical direction Johannes Sundrup
Production Par B.L.eux (Montreal)
Coproduction Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), PACT Zollverein – Choreographisches Zentrum NRW (Essen), Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson et CDC Paris Réseau/centre de développement chorégraphique (Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson, L’étoile du nord, micadanses-ADDP, studio Le regard du Cygne-AMD XXe), SNDO (Amsterdam), La Bâtie – Festival de Genève, Musée de La Danse / Centre Chorégraphique National de Rennes et de Bretagne (Rennes). With the support of Théâtre de la Bastille (Paris), and the City of Paris in the framework of its residence program at Cité internationale des Arts and the special participation of Compagnie Stalk (Parma).
Snakeskins premiered in May 2012 at PACT Zollverein (Essen, Allemagne)
© Credit: Christine Rose Divito