Double bill:
L’Épouse & La Ménagère

  • Dance & performance

75 min.

© L’épouse, Rebecca Journo, photo credit: Alain Julien


L’Épouse / The Wife

Concept and choreography: Rebecca Journo (FR)
Music: Claire M Singer – The Molendinar – composed and performed by Claire M Singer, published by Touch Music/Fairwood Music
Supported by: Danse Dense, Collectif 12
Proiect susținut de Région Île-de-France prin programul FoRTE – Fonds régional pour les talents émergent
Duration: 25 minute

This solo places self-representation in the center of a revisited wedding march. Inspired by the world of dolls, L’Épouse / The Wife seeks beyond reality, in our fantasies and nightmares. The solo speaks of a character whose language is only the body, who tries to communicate in pursuit of transformation and the ability to become another. On the edge between performance art and a staged piece, this approach brings the desire to touch, to involve the interlocutor who discovers this mechanized and alienated body.

La Ménagère / The Housekeeper

Concept and choreography: Rebecca Journo (FR)
With: Rebecca Journo, Mathieu Bonnafous
Music: Mathieu Bonnafous
Costumes: Alya Derris
Lights: Iris Julienne, Florentin Crouzet-Nico
Exterior eye: Raphaëlle Latini, Tomeo Verges
Supported by: Aerowaves, Région îl-de-France through the FoRTE- Fonds régional pour les talents émergents program, Danse Dense, Atelier Medicis, Collectif 12
Duration: 50 minute

Pixelation. Temporary interruptions and errors. We’ve all experienced an unexpected explosion of jagged, pixelated, hallucinatory lines spread across computer screens. A digital error fractures the image we are looking at and, for a frustrating moment, interrupts the movie, game, or photo we are watching. Before returning to normal, everything turns into pieces that short-circuit the visual plane and, in a way, call into question the forms and traditions. But what happens when digital techniques meet performance and intersect with the concreteness of body matter?

In a space with black and white tiles, which reminds us of a kitchen, stands a woman, a housewife, dressed in a yellow overcoat. The sounds of a sponge scratching and a vacuum cleaner, compose the alienating soundtrack of the piece. The dialogue between movement and sound unlock the inner world of the character. Quoting the author Sheila Rowbotham in Woman’s Consciousness, Man’s World, La Ménagère explores the “neurosis of nothingness” as an outcome of the women’s lock down into a dissolving cyclical process, filling up to emptiness.

La Ménagère is the second part of Rebecca Journo’s diptych L’Épouse & La Ménagère, two solo pieces that portray archetypal feminine figures to raise questions about the space in between fantasies, performance and the so-called reality. As in glitch art, the obsolescence of such representations inspires the choreographic language to search for the ‘system error’.

Rebecca Journo is a dancer and choreographer from Paris. Through her practice, she explores a choreographic language in which movement materializes the connection between body, imagination and sound.
A graduate of the Trinity Laban Conservatory in London in July 2015, Journo has performed on various projects in Switzerland, Belgium and France, along with companies and artists such as the Brokentalkers, the Konzert Bern Theater, Tabea Martin and Michele Murray. In 2018, together with Véronique Lemonnier, she founded the company La Pieuvre. Their artistic line of work is at the intersection of dance, entertainment, music and photography.
With “La Pieuvre”, Journo created the pieces L’Épouse (2018), La Ménagère (2019) and Whales (2020). On the edge between writing and improvisation, Journo created a personal approach to choreography by exploring movement at a micro level to invite the viewer into the living body. Journo is working closely with the emerging Danse Dense choreography platform from 2018, also received support from Les Petites Scènes Ouvertes in 2019, as well as funding for emerging talent from the Île-de-France (FORTE) region in 2020. In 2021, Rebecca Journo begins research and production of Portrait (working title), a quartet that will premiere in 2022.

Produced by
Collectif La Pieuvre

Collectif La Pieuvre is supported by Danse Dense, le Collectif 12 and cie K622 – Mié Coquempot

The event is presented with the support of the French Institute through Relance Export 2022 program.

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