T.R.E.S.E.D (pronounced “trace yields”)
A choreography of a dancer and a board vertically.
Focusing on the point of balance before the fall, this performance is a walk into imbalance, questioning one’s own verticality.
The project is composed of two creation, one choreographic piece and one photographic series.
« Indication of this sudden reversibility, the palindrome TRESED can then substitute the name of D.E.S.E.R.T. Here is the phonetic palindrome: TRAIT CEDE (TRACE YIELDS in English). This trace is the horizon of the desert that fades and yields to the screen of the virtual desert. »
Paul Virilio, The dusk of places, Paris March 2000
Sculptural and choreographic performance
A vertical board stands as a double. In this “face to face”, the rule is simple: it must stand and resist the fall.
Between contemplation and confrontation, TRESED, a palindrome of DESERT,
is a monochrome of light and shadow where the body explores the dropping point, questioning one’s own gravity. A sculptural choreography is created through the oscillating fragile balance of strength, lightness, grace and tension.
An innocent game with gravity, a roulette in the architecture of our existence.
In this game of body versus body, abstract and poetic images are built. Composed by choreographic and acrobatic movement, these sculptural pictures build and break gently, slowly, undulating between force and speed. The rhythm of the dance quickens turning into a circular and unbridled race where both entities, man and object, seek their own autonomy.
The emptiness shrouds the atmosphere, revealing only the invisible yet omnipresent gravity. The object, the board itself becomes a symbolic reflection of both a distant self-representation as well as the formalization of its own “Life balance”. The stage direction is guided by the constant physicality of the choreography, as “balance” is a movement in suspension. Temporarily stopped, it is a state of strength, power or grace before the imbalance or fall.
This piece is an abstract journey into the architecture of our existence, using our imagined balance as a starting point, acknowledging the cohabitation of where we are and what we plant to be.
Author/performer : Benoit Cantetau
Sound design : Céline Challet
Exterior regard : Sara Imloul
This project is supported by Agence départementale Dordogne Périgord (Dispositif Onde(s) de choc), Les Fabriques Laboratoire Artistique / APO33-Nantes, Ville de Nantes (Festival SPOT/Bourse CLAP) , Ville de Bouaye, DCCS44, The Sept Cent Quatre Vingt Trois in Nantes (fr), Espace François Mitterand in Périgueux (fr).
Length : 20 minutes
Released in march 2014
and rewritten in summer 2017
Photographic series and film
In parallel with the choreographic piece, a photography exhibition was created to further the concept of an abstract desert or a fallen horizon. Benoit Canteteau author / performer finds resonance and meaning in the work of the photographer Sara Imloul (Polka Gallery). He invited her to work with him on the visual art aspects of the project, TRESED (walk in the imbalance of the fall), this opening a dialogue between their two mediums.
To create the milieu of a desert or emptiness in the photograph exhibit, both creators brought two perspectives and points of escape in a universe of dark and somber cinematic expression and movement.