SWIMMING POULES ET FLYING COQS

 

A tragic nautical ballet for inexperienced divers

Commissioned by the Mettre en Scène Festival, this impromptu piece was put together in just a few days, featuring a band of merry dancers to create what has now become known as a “happening” – the work of a moment, a burst of energy and creativity.

Performed just 10 times, this 50-minute show saw the troupe carelessly defy the usual instructions laid down for public swimming pools: “small pool reserved for swimmers: no diving, jumping, pushing or throwing”. And, thanks to underwater cameras, the public didn't lose a moment of this amusing ballet replete with references, from Pina Bausch to Baywatch.

 

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR:
PHILIPPE DECOUFLÉ
COLLECTIVE CHOREGRAPHY WITH:
FLAVIEN BERNEZET, ALEXANDRE CASTRES, MERITXELL CHECA ESTEBAN, ASHLEY CHEN, PHILIPPE DECOUFLÉ, CLÉMENCE GALLIARD, LUDOVIC GAUTHIER, NATHALIE HAUWELLE, SEAN PATRICK MOMBRUNO, ALEXANDRA NAUDET, ALICE ROLAND, CHRISTOPHE SALENGRO, OLIVIER SIMOLA
MUSIC:
NOSFELL ET PIERRE LE BOURGEOIS
LIGHTS:
PATRICE BESOMBES, BEGOÑA GARCIA NAVAS
VIDEO:
LAURENT RADANOVIC, OLIVIER SIMOLA
COSTUMES:
JEAN MALO
SOUND:
ÉDOUARD BONAN
STAGE MANAGEMENT:
PASCAL REDON
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR:
LAHLOU BENAMIROUCHE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:
FRANK PIQUARD
PRODUCTION:
VALÉRIE KULA, JULIETTE MÉDEVIELLE

 

Premiered in November 2012 at the Saint Georges swimming pool (Rennes) as part of the Mettre en Scène Festival organized by the Théâtre National de Bretagne

Production: Compagnie DCA - Philippe Decouflé & Théâtre National de Bretagne

 

Not exactly a performance, but an impromptu thrown together in a few days. (...) It's fun and rock'n'roll with plenty of humour. In visual terms, the images are there for maximum effect, whether the dancers are in the water (two women filmed close up), on a platform that doubles up as a meeting place, or on screens either side of the diving board showing projections of famous aquatic musical motifs.
Libération, 10/11/11

This watery, phantasmagorical, witty piece for thirteen dancers entitled 'Swimming poules et flying coqs', is the distilled essence of Decouflé's oeuvre. The perfect marriage between humour, sensitivity and unbridled dynamism, amplified by a sumptuous musical score combining raw rock, torrid blues and electro-jazz, played live by two musicians, set around a giant diving board.
Ouest France, 10/11/11