"The apparition of the blue.
Once upon a time, the blue didn't exist. Ancient languages, such as Japanese, Greek, and Hebrew, didn't present a word to define this color. Historians elucidate us that such absence comes from the fact of blue rare presence in nature, contrary to other colors as black, white, red. Consequently, the blue went unnoticed. Others say that this linguistic distraction points that those societies weren't enough developed. Facing that erasure, the color survived and became a symbol, a temporality.
Blue was present in ancient Egypt or in the Tupi-Guaraní civilization in South America, which can be considered as a marker of their progress, modernity and technology. Master, produce, process or just see a color would be the reason for such a conclusion.
In many languages where the color blue was previously imperceptible, the word created to define it emerged from the color black. Black dance exists. Moreover, it is the only dance category related to a color.
What gestures would emerge if that same etymological procedure was applied to choreographic construction? A blue dance that emerges from dances considered black; sacred, traditional and popular forms, contemporary manifestations, connected to Black populations, in Africa and Diasporas.
NOIRBLUE opens space to fiction and a atlantic navigation of peripheral bodies. This exercise interrogates presence, absence, speeches and time to produce an extemporary dance aligned to two specific colors: The Blackness of the skin and the ultramarine blue pigment. "
Ana Pi, 2017
Cast and Partners
Choreography, dramaturgy, costumes and objects, interpretation Ana Pi
Original Soundtrack Jideh High Elements
Lights Jean-Marc Ségalen
Preparations for this dance with Taata Mutá Imê, Samuel Mwamé, BesreKè Ahou, Ousmane Baba Sy
Production – Ana Pi & Météores | Plateforme chorégraphique
Co-productions Théâtre de Vanves // Studio residence, Centre National de la Danse // Technical residence, Das Plateau aux Ulis - Espace culturel Boris Vian // Laboratory residence, ROSA ass. 1901 // partnership, Festival Circular - Vila do Conde - Portugal // partnership
Théâtre de Vanves // Festival Artdanthé, Vanves - March 23 2017- Création
Circular Festival de Artes Performativas, Vila do Conde, Portugal - September 29 2017
Beursschouwburg, Bruxelles, Belgique - December 1& 2 2 2017
Festival Afrocyberféminismes #2 -La Gaité Lyrique, Paris - Extrait de matière - March 21 2018
Verbo Festival de performances à la Galeria Vermelho, Sao Paulo, Brésil, performance - July 4 2018
Institut Tomie Ohtake, Sao Paulo, Brésil, performance - July 28 2018
Centro Cultural Vale, São Luis do Maranhão, Brésil, performance - August 1er & 3 2018
Les plateaux, La Briqueterie CDCN, Vitry sur Seine - September 28 2018
Festival Latitudes contemporaines, Lille - June 15 2019
La Fundicion // Bad Festival, Bilbao - October 26 2019
La Rose des Vents, Armentières - December 10 au 13 2019
Festival des 7 Collines, Saint-Etienne - June 25 2020
Photo : ©Daniel Nicolaevsky