Creation: Chloé Beillevaire & Sabina Scarlat
Sound design: Christophe Franco
LIGHTS : JOHANNA BOYER-DILOLO
DRAMATURGY : PASCALE GIGON
CHOREOGRAPHIC ASSISTANT : QUAN BUI GNOC
PRODUCTION : LA TENEUR CO. & GARAGE29
RESIDENCIES : PÔLE 164/MARSEILLE, KUNSTENVEINWAGENHALLE/STUTTGART.
14/10/2021 : WORK IN PROGRESS PRESENTATION, OBJECTIF DANSE 10, CHARLEROI DANSE
The playful attitude reinvents the world because play makes its objects malleable. In Dipa Te, two women divert the question of gender to play with its stereotypes, manipulating tights. While reproducing clichés, they take advantage of them to continually transform their meaning. In this game of putting on tights, the categorization of the world as feminine or masculine constantly fails.
According to Hélène Marquié – choreographer and researcher on dance and gender – “a dance practice transforms the body, which becomes acculturated and therefore less gendered”. Dance can be seen as a way of escaping, for a moment, from gender assignments. Yet “gender” is also currently one of the most recurrent themes in terms of choreographic creations. The subject seems to be saturated, so much gender identity quests and claims are now culminating on stage, as elsewhere. The question is whether these exacerbations of stereotyped gender images still leave enough room for individuals and their bodies to reinvent themselves?
Whether they put it on by the head, the legs or the arms, the two dancers of Dipa Te constantly tie up the bodies and the material of the tights, creating graphic effects and abstract forms losing the boundaries of a gendered body. The “tights” object becomes a costume or a-sexed accessory; a toy through which the two dancers take the liberty to offer a new vision.
© Giulia Ferrando