Minsheng We Theater: Today



Laurence Yadi, Nicolas Cantillon

when body becomes the medium


Choreography: Laurence Yadi, Nicolas Cantillon
Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019
Time: 14:00-14:40
Lecture: 14:45-15:15 (Please sign up 10 minutes ahead. No entry for latecomers)
Venue: Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum
Support: Pro Helvetia Shanghai, Swiss Arts Council

“When I watch their dance I see a tree in the storm, bending without ever breaking.” Koen Augustijnen (Belgian choreographer and dancer)

For almost twenty years, the choreographers have been travelling the world in a quest to find the essential movement; one which tells a story, transforms itself through the outside eye and transcends reality. Never trying to import the western body technique to a new place, they make new contemporary forms of the traditional movement appear. It is mainly in the Middle East that Laurence and Nicolas drew fundamentals of their dance: the Multi styles FuittFuitt. This dance is a battle in its own way: a sort of claim for a liquid body that is able to express some kind of critical awareness.
The only guideline for the performer is to respect the instructions of the choreographers: to bend and never break.

For the first time, since the creation of Compagnie 7273, dancer and choreographer Laurence Yadi develops a creation alone. With this creation, Laurence Yadi and Nicolas Cantillon keep digging deep into a process they have been developing for ten years now: betting on a continuous movement fueled by a desire to flirt with infinity and adjust, sculpt the body of the performer in a trance that reveals both its intimacy and universality. For this new creation, the choreographers wish to bring into existence two extremely interlinked dimensions of the body: the dimension of the body-object and that of body- subject.
To dance is to make the body a medium of communication; is to choose it as a human and vibrant matter, a body simultaneously psychologic and organic. Each movement plays its role of live and pulsing where tensions and shades circulate, turning the body into a true melodic chanting. The body is a symbolic force that testifies. It becomes a "political body" and a "geo-artistic" body.
Charged with her personal history and her magnetic presence on stage, she invites us to join her in a world that will transcribe a range of emotions kept secret.

Palmarès fictif - La Bâtie-Festival de Genève - Sur une base aussi subjective que partielle, nos coups de cœur sont allés cette année à: Laurence Yadi, Meilleure interprète féminine dans TODAY
La Tribune de Genève

Hätten die Hysterikerinnen des Nervenarztes Jean-Martin Charcot gegen Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts mit Laurence Yadi tanzen können, sie wären vielleicht durch Kunst geheilt worden. Denn wenn Yadi zittert, mit dem ganzen Körper, mit der Seele – dann tun sich Himmel und Hölle auf.

Please, des supplémentaires.
Le Temps

«Today» livre une sublime leçon de résistance par la danse.
La Tribune de Genève

35 minutes durant, la danseuse captive avec une transe (presque) immobile d’une intensité folle. "Today" se veut autoportrait d’une femme de 40 ans. On y sent aussi la force et les tempêtes qui balaient le monde arabe. Un spectacle révélation.

Un acte minimal d’une rare intensité.
Mouvement Magazine


Laurence Yadi, Nicolas Cantillon

Since the creation of Compagnie 7273 (2003), Laurence Yadi and Nicolas Cantillon have developed a dance style that invites the body to continuously and endlessly unravel. Their research is inspired by the specific Arabic music system of Maqâm. Each maqâm describes a "tonal-spatial factor" or a set of musical notes and the relationship between them. It allows the musician to play in-between the notes and gives him the opportunity to express himself.
Named Multi styles FuittFuitt by the choreographers themselves, the transfer of this technique into the body enables the movements to weave into each other in a wavy, spiraled and hypnotic dance.
Throughout their career, Laurence Yadi and Nicolas Cantillon created about 20 pieces: from silent ones to danced-concerts, from duets to group pieces, all of which they toured internationally (Africa, Asia, United-states, Europe, Middle-East, North Africa and Russia).
The choreographers regularly give workshop sessions in Switzerland and abroad. They are also invited to teach the Multi styles Fuittfuitt to young dancers in professional training.
In 2014, they published a book, diary for some or guide on the practice of the Multi styles Fuittfuitt for others, as the ways to approach it are endless. Laurence Yadi and Nicolas Cantillon won several awards: the Swiss Prize for Dance and Choreography, and the Foundation Liechti for the Arts’.


Sur l’île de Darsheen - a piece for 1 dancer et 3 musicians

NUIT - a piece for 7 female dancers 2017
TODAY - solo

Shooting Stars - a piece for 3 female dancers

Beyrouth 1995 - danced concert

Tarab - a piece for 10 dancers

Nil - a piece for 6 dancers
Swatch art Collection - Watch Climax, Romance-s, Nil
Petrouchka – for the Grand Théâtre de Genève Ballet Company

Romance-s - duet Listen & Watch - duet

Laï laï laï laï - a piece for 4 performers

En concert - duet On stage - solo

Climax - solo

Durée déterminée – short film

Exposition d’un concept chorégraphique
– exhibition and performance

La vision du lapin - a piece for 4 performers