Choreographer Ruth Childs is working on her first group piece, a tragicomic dance in which movements, trajectories, sounds and voices are treated playfully and musically.
After recreating the early works of her aunt Lucinda Childs (four were presented at the ccn de Caen in the spring of 2023) and two soli, Ruth Childs is working on her first group piece for five performers, including herself. Fun Times stages different variations on the English notion of fun: the naive act of having fun or being fun together, the less conventional act of mocking. The choreographer explores how these shared experiences can be translated, both choreographically and vocally. Movements and trajectories move away from the geometric rigor of her previous pieces to work on dances that explode in a playful relationship with space. As for the voices, they are used for their sonic and musical qualities: no words, but an expressiveness linked to laughter, crying and onomatopoeia, which guides the choreographer’s writing. Inspired by the work of American composer Meredith Monk, and assisted by sound designer Stéphane Vecchione, she explores the ways in which the voice can become one with the choreography or be dissociated from it, unfolding in individual or shared scores. In this way, Ruth Childs explores the musicality of laughter and tears, their tone and rhythm, in a tragicomic vein befitting our times, when we no longer know whether to laugh or cry. It’s a tension reminiscent of Modern Times, where Chaplin was able to simultaneously capture the seriousness and the ridiculousness of modern life.+ More
Choreography (in collaboration with the dancers) : Ruth Childs Dance/performance : Bryan Campbell, Ruth Childs, Karine Dahouindji, Cosima Grand, Ha Kyoon Larcher Light design and tech : Joana Oliveira Research/sound design : Stéphane Vecchione Duration 1 hour
Deputy producer, administration, diffusion Tutu Production – Lise Leclerc et Cécilia Lubrano
Coproduction Pavillon-ADC Genève, Arsenic-Centre d’art scénique contemporain Lausanne, Atelier de Paris/CDCN, CCN2 Grenoble, centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie within the Accueil-studio/ministry of Culture program, DR by Van Cleef & Arpels (ongoing)
Residencies: L’Agora, cité internationale de la danse, Montpellier (ongoing)
Where and when
ccn de Caen en Normandie 7:00 pm