ABSENCES ET UTOPIES
Conception and direction:
Music conception and interpretation:
Costumes/body sculptures and scenography: Cari Gonzalez-Casanova
Dancers: Ana Eulate, Marie Jolly
2017 > Journées Française contre l’épilpesie
Le Pharo, Marseille
2018 > Adaptation, Royal Cabanon,
with the added participation of musician
Vincent Roussel (drums)
Absences et Utopies is a multidisciplinary project comprising body sculptures, dancers and a cellist.
Invited to create an original work on the theme of epilepsy for the 20th anniversary of the Journées Françaises contre l'épilpesie, Cari Gonzalez-Casanova proposed an exhibition of her body sculptures and a dance performance to activate them. All the elements of this project came about in response to the many interviews she had with people living with epilepsy. The body sculptures address the desires and fears expressed by them and the works and performance are divided into 4 themes that emerged from the interviews: Sleep, Isolation, Protection and Invisibility.
For the performance with the body sculptures, CGC worked with Spanish choreographer Ana Eulate to create a four-sequence dance piece around the four themes. Swiss cellist Rafael Zweifel was invited by CGC to write and play four original compositions to accompany the dance sequences. This performance was first presented in Marseilles in October 2017 to an audience of 400 neurologists and medical specialists working with epilepsy. The performance is being developed further to be presented to a larger audience in 2018.
This project was a commission from the LFCE (Ligue Française Contre L'Épilepsie/The French League Against Epilepsy). Music on video by Joe Martin.
French Translation coming soon...