Champ constant is a choreographic piece studying laws, usages, gestures and beliefs that define and organise agricultural work.
Céline Cartillier started the project by asking several questions: Are mythologies, beliefs and narratives still relevant to the land and its cultivation? Is empirical knowledge still active in current agricultural know-how and techniques? How do contemporary farmers relate to the land they cultivate?
In Champ constant, a choreographic composition is built upon a documentary base. What does it mean to compose choreographic and theatrical forms from a variety of documents, as well as meetings and interviews with actual farmers?
Céline Cartillier chooses to develop so called work songs and dances, those that used to have functions in agricultural practice. She investigates gestural and vocal phrases that support, stimulate and organise working practices, and have performative – in the labouring sense - functions. She studies also the methods that farmers have established to define spaces and chant/count the rhythms of work. The use of the outdoors chants or calls previously practiced by farmers is one of the methods of invocation used to transform the theatrical space, to inscribe within it the figures and gestures of common work and days in the fields.
Cast and Partners
Concept and choreography Céline Cartillier
with Johann Nöhles, Céline Cartillier (cast in progress).
Sound conception collaboration Myriam Pruvot
Dramaturgic advice Antoine Cegarra, Céline Champinot, Myriam Pruvot
Light creation and setting Florian Leduc
Fondation Royaumont-Abbaye (programme de résidence L’Incubateur), Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers (mise à disposition de studios), La Métive en Creuse (mise à disposition de studios), Théâtre de Poche à Hédé-Bazouges (accueil en résidence), La Bellone à Bruxelles (accueil en résidence).
Steps of work presentation
CCN-Le Havre, in the frame of PhareWest, invitation of Mylène Benoît, associated artist – Novembre 5th, 2016
Ménagerie de Verre, presentation of methods of work and research in the frame of T.R.I.P., laboratory organised by Ivana Müller in the frame of her residency at the Ménagerie de Verre – March 4th and September 8th, 2017
Théâtre de Poche, Hédé-Bazouges, in the frame of the evening Plumes et Goudron – April 28th, 2017
Festival Vivat la danse !, Le Vivat, Armentières – January 25th 2019 – PREMIERE
Théâtre Hédé – February 7th & 8th 2019
Photo : ©Elsa Laurent