Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie.

Ruth Childs

Public rehearsals

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.

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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

Pro­duc­tion SCARLETT’S
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

September 2024

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    ccn de Caen en Normandie 7:00 pm