National network for
dance and youth

Twice#1

La Méthode des Phosphènes – Emmanuel Eggermont
+ In order to be them we must be us… – Robyn Orlin

Creation 2019
Open to all, starting at 6 years old
1h10 with intermission

the project

Two pieces, performed by the same duet of dancers.

Le Gymnase CDCN & LOOP – network for dance and youth invited Emmanuel Eggermont and Robyn Orlin to each create a piece, performed by the same duet of dancers and presented within the same program. For the first time, the two choreographers involve themselves in the making of a dance piece geared towards a young audience.

La Méthode des Phosphènes (The Phosphenes’ Method)

Emmanuel eggermont

Phosphenes are spots of colors appearing behind the eyelids just after having stared into a source of light and then closing the eyes. This optical phenomenon offers a wide area for play and experimentations. As much as it is fun, this piece asks for an active way of watching and stimulates the imagination, but it also aims to question our perception of what’s real and its underlying certainties. The young spectators will be asked to think about how they look at and how they assess the surrounding world, their capacity to be open to what seems foreign at first glance and to accept the other.

Choreography and set design

Emmanuel Eggermont

Performance

Jihyé Jung & Wanjiru Kamuyu

Original music score

Julien Lepreux

Lighting design and technical direction

Sébastien Bausseron

In order to be them we must be us…

robyn orlin

For this piece, Robyn Orlin comes back to issues she often raised in previous pieces : discrimination, stigmatisation and social exclusion as they’re expressed today, but also violence (verbal, psychological or physical) through which these phenomena manifest themselves and the identity difficulties resulting from them. Twice being geared towards a young audience, children and teenagers, she takes a standpoint that is particularly close to them in approaching these questions. Xenophobia, fear and rejection of the other are rooted in childhood, specifies Robyn Orlin. Thus, it is as early as childhood that one must start fighting against them.

Conception
Robyn Orlin

Performance
Jihyé Jung & Wanjiru Kamuyu

Costumes
Birgit Neppl

Lighting design and technical direction
Sébastien Bausseron

Performances

2020-2021 tour

Mar 09.02 Jeu 11.02

TWICE

Théâtre de l’Onde, Vélizy-Villacoublay (78) >> cancelled
Mar 23.03

La Méthode des Phosphènes

Centre chorégraphique national, Caen (14), as part of festival Ribambelle

2019-2020 tour

Mer 23.10

La Méthode des Phosphènes

Salle André Dekyndt, Deûlémont (59), as part of Les Belles Sorties de la MEL
Jeu 24.10

La Méthode des Phosphènes

Salle Octave d’Hespel, Fournes-en-Weppes (59), as part of Les Belles Sorties de la MEL
Ven 25.10

La Méthode des Phosphènes

Centre de Loisirs, Forest-sur-Marque (59), as part of Les Belles Sorties de la MEL
Sam 16.11

La Méthode des Phosphènes

Salle des fêtes, Péronne-en-Mélantois, as part of Les Belles Sorties de la MEL
Mer 11.03 Jeu 12.03

TWICE

Le Vivat, Armentières (59)
Dim 29.03 Mer 01.04

TWICE

Théâtre de l’Onde, Vélizy-Villacoublay (78) >> postponed
Mar 12.05 Ven 15.05

TWICE

Centre chorégraphique national, Tours (37) >> cancelled

2018-2019 tour

Lun 04.02 Mar 05.02

TWICE

Le Gymnase, Roubaix (59), as part of festival Les Petits Pas
Ven 08.02

TWICE

Théâtre Garonne, Toulouse (31), with La Place de la Danse CDCN Toulouse
Jeu 14.02

TWICE

La Manufacture CDCN, Bordeaux (33)
Ven 01.03 Sam 02.03

TWICE

La Scène, Musée du Louvre-Lens (62)
Lun 04.03 Mar 05.03

TWICE

POLE SUD CDCN, Strasbourg (67)
Ven 08.03 Sam 09.03

TWICE

L’échangeur – CDCN, Château-Thierry (02)
Jeu 14.03 Ven 15.03

TWICE

Théâtre d’Arras (62)
Jeu 21.03 Ven 22.03

TWICE

Espace Barbara, Petite-Forêt (59), with Le phénix Scène nationale Valenciennes
Jeu 04.04 Sam 06.04

TWICE

Maison de la musique, Nanterre (92)
Mer 17.04 Ven 19.04

TWICE

Centre national de la danse, Pantin (93)

Production:
Le Gymnase CDCN Roubaix – Hauts-de-France

Coproduction:
CND Centre national de la danse, L’échangeur – CDCN Hauts-de-France, Pôle européen de création – Ministère de la Culture / Maison de la Danse, La Manufacture – CDCN Bordeaux Nouvelle Aquitaine, le phénix scène nationale Valenciennes pôle européen de création, La Place de la Danse – CDCN Toulouse / Occitanie, POLE-SUD CDCN Strasbourg, TANDEM Scène nationale

Support:
Génération Belle Saison

A project led by LOOP – network for dance and youth

Education tools around TWICE#1

In order to guide the presentation of the program TWICE#1, and to raise the awareness of a wide audience towards the choreographic style and universe of both choreographers, an educational tool was conceived and envisioned in resonance with the two pieces presented in the program.

It takes the form of a sound message heard as an introduction to the performances and also during intermission, as the set is being changed between Emmanuel Eggermont’s piece and  Robyn Orlin’s.

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Further program details and important information can be found in our document.

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Contact production / diffusion
Nadia Minisini

O3 20 20 99 06
administration@gymnase-cdcn.com

Origins of the project TWICE

During the Summer 2014, the Ministry of Culture launched La Belle Saison for children and youth, which aimed to present the richness of dance work for children and youth. Within this context, the Dance Delegation had invited Le Gymnase CDCN Roubaix – Hauts-de-France, in partnership with La Manufacture CDCN Nouvelle Aquitaine Bordeaux . La Rochelle, to create for the first time an artistic and choreographic production geared towards a young audience.

Titled Au pied de la lettre (Literally), the project took the form of commissioned works to choreographers who were not concerned with the issue of young audiences, of different generations and aesthetics. they were asked to each make a short 20 minute piece to be presented within the same program. These two pieces, made for the same production, were supposed to take their source of inspiration from a written text, whatever it may be. 

Two phases have thus emerged :

In keeping with these first experiences, Le Gymnase CDCN kept thinking further and set up LOOP, a professional network for dance and youth, and initiated a new project involving making work for dance and youth titled TWICE. Even though the connection to a written text developed in Au pied de la lettre was left aside, the premise stayed the same : an invitation to two choreographers of difference aesthetics, who have never made a piece for a young audience before, to create two short pieces with the same two performers. The LOOP network has also chosen to partially open the invitation to international choreographers.

And so, the first phase, created in February 2019, invited the choreographers Emmanuel Eggermont and Robyn Orlin to overlap their approach of dance making. For the second phase, choreographers’ duet Aïcha M’Barek & Hafiz Dhaou, and the flemish artist Alexander Vantournhout take the project over.