LI YE / QUATUOR is a choreographic form of in situ improvisation, born from the duo creation LI YE, adapted for the celebrations of the 10th anniversary of the Halle Pajol, in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, on a commission from the City of Paris / 18th century town hall.

Like the multifaceted urban space that welcomes them, between vegetation, eco-responsible contemporary architecture and listed metal structure, the four artists mix their languages ​​with different backgrounds, their quest for a common space.

With LI YE, an in situ performance, choreographer Alexia Traore draws an anatomy of human relationships, alongside Khalil Funky Blood, Nawel Bounar and Hacen Hafdhi. Their resonant gestures weave an intimate and universal narrative, at the confluence of contact dance and improvisation. Their dialogue takes place through symbolic objects, memories and issues: a rope, masks, cleats… LI YE explores the unique relationship that each of us maintains with others and with the world. Through the interactions of bodies, dance echoes the parallelisms and frictions between the individual and the collective.

Today’s relational experience is marked by the consequences of the pandemic which has imposed strong limitations on physical contact in both the private and professional sphere. In a world where distance practices are developing, where technology blurs the boundaries between reality and the virtual world, the body is looking for its place, the slowness and organic rhythm that are essential to it.

The performance declines the notion of link in its multiplicity, its ambiguity: the link is the one which protects or imprisons, the one which blinds or enlightens, the one which reassures, flourishes or confines. To what extent do we initiate the ways of relating to others that we maintain, how do we set the rules and limits? Inside the link are at work the springs of the unconscious patterns that humans often spend their lives reliving, and the complex construction of their belongings. Cultural, family, romantic, geographical links… what is the life cycle of the link, how does it form, strengthen, relax, then disappear?

Through the placement of link objects with different textures and materials, the artists inscribe their dialogue between empty spaces, tensions, balances, and question the extent of this gap between bodies.


©Photo credits : Samuel Macé / Solea Traore

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