A solo dance for a thousand images. A body for a thousand reflections. Philippe Decouflé is alone on stage, to create a diffracted portrait, with vanishing lines opening out onto fragments of existence and sensations. The stage, with numerous white screens or color flats, is a place of evolution from the singular to plural: a shadow spawns further shadows, thus enabling dialog and the play of reflections. The artist, although the only performer onstage, is no longer alone. His hands set the tempo, they dance in their turn, and tell us a story. This Solo is a morphing Me, a to-and-fro between dancer and spectator.
OLIVIER SIMOLA, LAURENT RADANOVIC
Premiered in 2003.
Coproduction Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Festival de danse de Cannes
Philippe Decouflé offers us a Solo full of plurality, moving and funny, despite a few repetitive scenarios, accompanied live by the multi-talented musician, Joachim Latarjet. He injects the performance with his artistic 'dadaisms' and delivers impressionistic touches with delicacy and modesty, turning the Solo into a patchwork self-portrait. He is a mischievous man, bursting with desires and talents, he delights in delighting us and takes immense pleasure in fuelling and sharing our dreams.
Pariscope, Premiere.fr, July 2012
The choreographer reprises Solo: an anthological piece that combines all the magic and marvel of dance together with optical illusions.
Figaroscope, June 2012
The reprisal of the solitary and unique Solo is worth a look. Subtitled 'The doubt that inhabits me', this piece takes a humorous look at the uncertainty and intimate discomfort of this, nonetheless, very popular choreographer. And no doubt this is what gives this supremely magical and stunningly illuminated solo the discreet hint of perplexity and fragility that touches and captures your heart. (...) To be seen more than once.
Télérama Sortir, July 2012
A lone body, his own, is the intimate subject matter of Solo, a title that in all its simplicity divulges the very essence of this game of disclosure. In Solo, Philippe Decouflé creates a new intimate and poetic theatre for the body, where the imaginary borders on the real, appearance on illusion, and reflection on screen.
Toutes les nouvelles, February 2005