Cie Non Nova (F): Vortex

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Beneath how many layers do we hide our true selves, in order to tailor our « public » appearance?
Who dares proclaim their « abnormality »?
Which part of us is lying dormant, hidden away, either in the surface layers or in the depth of our being?
How can we escape the grip of artifice in order to show who we really are?
I want to throw off the shackles, brave the different transformations - the « sloughed skins » - to try and touch upon the freedom of being. Fight against a moral code fuelled by fear and stigmatisation. Perceive the abnormal as something other than pain and suffering.
In the arena of « VORTEX », the norm does not exist, or else it is deliberately false in order to widen our perception of the need to extract ourselves from taboos. Here, the wind is oscillating matter used to escape gravity and awaken « The Alien »; the part of us in hiding, heavily disguised beneath a borrowed uniform.
Phia Ménard (with the kind help of Anne Quentin)
October 2011

Performed by: Phia MÉNARD
Dramaturgy assistant: Jean-Luc BEAUJAULT
Artistic direction, choreography and scenography: Phia MÉNARD
Soundtrack composition: Ivan ROUSSEL using Claude DEBUSSY’s music.
Wind design: Pierre BLANCHET
Stage manager and wind manager: Manuel MENES Lighting design and lighting technician: Alice RUEST
Scenography design: Phia MÉNARD
Set construction : Philippe RAGOT assisted by Rodolphe THIBAUD and Samuel DANILO.
Costumes and accessories : Fabrice Ilia LEROY
Photographs : Jean-Luc BEAUJAULT
Administration, booking : Claire MASSONNET
Production assistants : Honorine MEUNIER és Clarisse MEROT
Public relations: Adrien POULARD

Coproductions and residencies with Le Centre Dramatique National de Normandie (National Dramatic Centre of Normandy), and with « La Brèche » – (Circus Arts Center for Basse-Normandie) in Cherbourg. Coproduction with « Le Quai » in Angers (« EPCC-Le Quai, Angers et le réseau européen IMAGINE 2020 – Art et Changement Climatique »), with the multi-sited structure « Scènes du Jura » (« Jura Scenes »), with « La Halle aux Grains » - the national theatre of Blois, with the Jules Verne Circus - Regional Centre for Circus Arts in Amiens, with « le Grand T » the Loire-Atlantique subsidised performance space in Nantes, with the Théâtre Universitaire of Nantes, with « l’Arc » the subsidised performance space of Rezé, with Parc de la Villette in Paris, and with « La Verrerie » in Alès in the Cévennes/Pôle National des Arts du Cirque (National Center for Circus Arts) in Languedoc-Roussillon. Residency with « Les Subsistances » 2010/2011, in Lyon, France.
With the support of the Théâtre de Thouars, a subsidised performance space in collaboration with the Cultural Services of Montreuil-Bellay, with « le Grand R » national theatre of La Roche-sur-Yon and with « Le Fanal », national theatre of Saint-Nazaire.
The Non Nova Company is subsidised by a number of bodies : by the Ministry of Culture and Communication / DRAC des Pays de la Loire, le Conseil Régional des Pays de la Loire (Regional Council for the Pays de la Loire) and le Conseil Général de Loire-Atlantique (General Council for the region Loire-Atlantique).

The company is also subsidised by the city of Nantes and by l’Institut Français (France’s international cultural relations body) and by la Fondation BNP Paribas (Foundation BNP Paribas).

Photo: Jean-Luc Beaujault
Box Office opening hours:
  • Main hall performance days: 5 pm - 10 pm
  • studio and club performance days: 5 pm - 8:30 pm
  • other days: 5pm - 8 pm
Trafó Gallery opening hours:
  • From Wednesday till Saturday: 4pm-7pm.
  • Main Hall performance days: 4pm-10pm, Sunday: 10am-2pm.
  • Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
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