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Created by Julie Nioche

2014 - July 20/27 (OFF on 24th) - Théâtre Benoît XII - Avignon
October 7th - Le Bateau Feu - Dunkerque
October 9th - Festival C’est Comme çà ! 2014 - Château-Thierry
2015 - March 11/12 - Le Lieu Unique - Nantes
April 9th - Le Safran - Amiens

Matter is a testimony coming from four women, each of them having built their identities through their dancing bodies.

They improvise their daily lives, hoping to preserve their own specific sensitivities. Coping with social expectations which curb the complexity of their beings, they desert the referents infiltrated in their cores. Their sheer, laid-bare presences shall resist.

. "With Matter, Julie Nioche signs an implacable piece, with an extreme plastic tension, devoid of any leniency. This is her best work."
Gérard Mayen - from - 2008.06.04

. "Matter is an attempt of laying-bare the act of dancing, lead by the dancers themselves. The boundaries between alive body and stage, usually well-established, are diluted in an uncommon visual device."
Muriel Steinmetz - from L’Humanité, culture - 2008.06.02

To create Matter Julie Nioche has moved for two years to meet four women, dancers-choreographers of her age, who had one day touched her, struck her, upset her, questioned her with their choices of dance as means of expression.

She went to their countries, their towns, so as to understand how their imaginations were built. To understand the origins of their individualities, their bodies and their particular ways to engage themselves in the public space through art :
Mia Habib, a Norwegian;
Rani Nair, a Swede with an Indian father;
Bouchra Ouizguen, a Moroccan,
Julie Nioche, a French
and Filiz Sizanli, a Turkish woman who was unable to complete the project.
They built Matter out of their stories as choreographs and dancers.

In this project, the dancing built itself in reaction against a specific environment systematically related to a story, a place, a nature, an atmosphere. A ’combined identity’.


Conception and choreography Julie Nioche
Performed by Mia Habib, Rani Nair, Julie Nioche, Filiz Sizanli in 2014
(Mia Habib, Rani Nair, Julie Nioche, Bouchra Ouizguen in 2008)
Costume designer Nino Chubinishvili
Scenography Virginie Mira
Music Alexandre Meyer
Light designer Laure Couturier
Construction Sylvain Giraudeau, Séverine Bessac, Jipanco
Stage manager Séverine Bessac
Costume making Anna Rizza

Team’s Biography here

With the participation of Samia Buchan, Laure Delamotte-Legrand, Gabrielle Mallet, Filiz Sizanli, Juliette Yelloz.

Production A.I.M.E

Partners for 2014 (work in progress)
L’échangeur - CDC Picardie,
Le Manège - scène nationale de Reims,
Le Bateau Feu / scène nationale de Dunkerque,
Espaces Pluriels - scène conventionnée danse-théâtre - Pau,
Le Safran - scène conventionnée pluridisciplinaire et d’expérimentation - Amiens,
Pôle Sud - scène conventionnée danse et Musique - Strasbourg.

Coproduction 2008
La ménagerie de verre - Paris
Le Consortium, dépt. nouvelles scènes - Dijon
Art Danse CDC Dijon Bourgogne
Les Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis
Le Centre Chorégraphique National du Havre - Haute Normandie
Le Manège - Scène Nationale de Reims
L’ Agora de la danse - Montréal
Le Centre National de Danse Contemporaine d’Angers

With support from
CulturesFrance fro residencies abroad
L’Atheneum, centre culturel de l’Université de Bourgogne (residences)
L’Institut français d’Istanbul
L’Institut français de Marrakech
Le ModernaDansteatern à Stockholm

Le Centre culturel français d’Oslo
L’ association Catì de danse contemporaine à Istanbul
L’Université d’Istanbul
L’Association Anania à Marrakech
Le festival Entre Cour et Jardins de Dijon
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