A solo by Volmir Cordeiro, set to the drumming of Philppe Foch.
A solo that dreams of being a punk opera, a frenzied dance against capitalist panic with arms both unbroken and broken, ready for approved embraces.
“Dance looks suspiciously like defiance.” Elsa Dorlin
Hello? Metropolis is a carnival, an allegory. It is painted, masked, portable, monitored, tracked, filmed and automated. It is the crossroads where expressions of freedom meet the counterforces of police control. It dances across deftly traced lines, fiercely defended as the only imaginable, functional and appropriate routes. Metropolis shows us its vulnerable side, its deep desire to escape conformity and control. It is a cluster of urban and rural objects and entities. It is an offering: of atmospheres, flows, energies, merchandise, architecture and human formations. An epidemic threatens Metropolis. Power cuts interrupt remote work. Metropolis contains all things: even the ideology of cleanliness, a yearning for sterile spaces, free from strangeness. What dance can we dance to stop Metropolis from crushing our sense of freedom? Metropolis won’t stop, it says ‘hello’. The line is bad. It rises up all powerful yet lives in tatters. We fight it with our homemade weapons. Metropolis sorts ceaselessly, sliding us into the slots it deems permissible. We step into danger, but danger is nothing new. Perhaps Metropolis is no more than a costume: one that dancers wear to lay claim to greater space for their unending and unpredictable movement. This Dancopolis you are watching is not in the metropolis, it is the metropolis, rising up to defend itself. It is the fight and it is the ring. Between rules and sidewalks, this dance steps out of line. Make your choice between an over-bearing, murderous father, a sequence of combative dance steps and a smiling tik-tok heroine. Good night.
Conception, choreography and performance • Volmir Cordeiro
Percussions •Philippe Foch
Sound designer • Arnaud De la Celle
Light designer • Abigail Fowler
Costume designer & making • Volmir Cordeiro, Clément Picot & Dat Vu
Costume making • Coco Blanvillain
Set design, based on a Volmir Cordeiro’s original idea • Hervé Cherblanc
Video design, based on a Volmir Cordeiro’s original idea • Margaux Vendassi
Technical manager • Aliénor Lebert
Regards précieux • Bruno Pace, Carolina Campos, Paca Tim Faraus, Marcela Santander Corvalan
Thanks to • Paul B. Preciado, Guillaume Leingre
Production • Donna Volcan
Administration, production, touring • MANAKIN / Lauren Boyer & Leslie Perrin
Piece dedicated to Lia Rodrigues
POITIERS, France. 08.03.2022. Festival À Corps.
TOULOUSE, France. 28.01.22 • La place de la danse CDCN, Toulouse
MONTPELLIER, France. 12-14.December.21 • La Vignette, Université Paul Valery / ICI-CCN de Montpellier
VITRY SUR-SEINE, France. 23 & 24.November.21 - Briqueterie CDCN, Vitry, Festival Excentriques.
CERGY, France. 11-14.November.21 - Points Communs, scène nationale du Val-d'oise, Cergy-Pontoise, Festival d'Automne - Portrait Lia Rodrigues
Journal La Terrasse. Delphine Baffour. 2021 https://www.journal-laterrasse.fr/lextravagante-metropole-de-volmir-cordeiro/
Les Inrockuptibles. Fabienne Arvers, 2021 https://www.lesinrocks.com/arts-et-scenes/reserver-les-spectacles-a-ne-pas-manquer-en-novembre-2021-partie-2-421806-09-11-2021/
Journal La Terrasse, Entretine Video, 2021 https://www.journal-laterrasse.fr/metropole-ville-et-corps-sous-controle-rencontre-avec-volmir-cordeiro/
Journal La Terrasse, Delphine Baffour, 2021 https://www.journal-laterrasse.fr/focus_numero/293-volmir-cordeiro-a-points-communs/
Revue Chroniques, La Vignette, Scène Conventionnée Université Paul Valéry, 2021 https://theatre.univ-montp3.fr/spectacle/2021-2022/decouvrez-la-revue-chroniques-05-en-ligne?fbclid=IwAR2-9oZ2SK3qOyg1xGzXru9P4cnWxPI4IsGWfbwUaPQxq-Pr6p8d5YofN2Y