• 2023


A creation for 9 dancers and a bass player.
Shelter is a carnivalesque deployment of celestial and insolent figures.

Shelter follows the principle of all my other creations: to choose a place, to make a face of it, to shelter there forms of life and thoughts, to garden possibilities until ending up by ensauvaging them. Since Ciel (2012), through the body-place of Inês (2014), the Street (2015), the Sidewalk (2019), the Metropolis (2021), the notion of eros inside the earth in Erosion (2021) or in the poetics of the face proposed by L'œil la bouche et le reste (2017), I am looking for all-encompassing places, capable of manifesting the fragility of the bodies in connection with social violence, in order to stage anxieties, fights, entanglements. This aesthetic choice of crossing places goes hand in hand with the will to choreograph links as well as forms, to dance complicities; but above all to propose to the spectators the experience of remobilizing thought, the gaze and the community through the force of joy. With each creation, a process is put in place to say something about this world of violence and also of courage, a world that asks us even more today to believe in metamorphosis, in co-construction and in contamination as a territory of mixtures populated with humor, diversity and vitality. The departure of Abri, which questions this time in my career as a choreographer the very idea of place and its power of protection, begins with the following question: What can shelter us for a specific commitment, for an involvement nourished by our own struggles, our vulnerabilities and our practical, bodily, and above all, very concrete knowledge?

Shelter: Refuge space
We are looking for a shelter capable of sheltering a form of solidarity, of producing the feeling of being attached to a land and to someone, of being at the same time globalized and connected with distant lands. The earth is going badly and the fantasy of total destruction haunts us. It is time to taste this ground that is giving way. It is time to confront this indigestion caused by the floor shaking. But it is also time to dream of an effective protection against the insults of cannibal capital. To build a shelter, modest and supportive, which puts us out of danger and distant from any will of overpowering man against life, nature, the body. Not without laughter, since there is no feeling of catastrophe or apocalypse. It will be necessary to continue, and the laughter can help us to better build a real shelter; refuge of the obsessive evil. Humor creates an atmosphere of appeasement in which the eco-clowns- queers- marginals (8 dancers + 1 musician) come to bring earthly considerations. For each clown a pronoun: water, words, pollution, storm, flood, eruptive being, hybrid being, monster's belly, hacker-pirate. Laughter is our shelter. The assembly too. This laughter that we want is not sought as a tool to provoke the laughter of oneself, but rather the laughter of the habits that we have invented for ourselves. The figure of the clown, laughter and melancholy will be shelters, ways of escaping the negative vortex of disaster. The figure of the clown, laughter and melancholy will be shelters, ways to escape the negative vortex of disaster.


CERGY, France. 19 and 20 April 2023. Théâtre de Louvrais. Points-Communs Scène Nationale de Cergy.
POITIERS, France. 6 April 2023. Théâtre Beaulieu. Festival À Corps.
VITRY-SUR-SEINE, France. 23 and 24 march 2023. Théâtre Jean Villar. Biennale de la danse du Val de Marne (Première)

Volmir Cordeiro
Marcela Santander Corvalan, Lucia Garcia Pulles, Martin Gil,Kiduck Kim, Cassandre Munoz/Moun, Anne Sanogo, Isabella Fernandes Santana, Washington Timbó
Fanny Meteier
Lighting design
Abigail Fowler
Sound design
Aria De la Celle
Costumes design
Volmir Cordeiro in closer collaboration with performers and Coco Blanvillain
Precious regard
Paca Tim Faraus
Stage menager
Aliénor Lebert
Points Communs - Nouvelle Scène Nationale de Cergy-Pontoise et du Val d’Oise ; La Briqueterie - CDCN du Val-de-Marne ; Charleroi Danse - Centre Chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles ; Fondation  Royaumont ; King’s Fountain ; Théâtre Auditorium Scène Nationale de Poitiers ; L’Échangeur - CDCN Hauts-de-France ; Theater Freiburg; Le Phare - CCN du Havre-Normandie.

The Cie Donna Volcan is supported by Région Île de France

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