Les Baigneurs - Clédat & Petitpierre
A co-production by La Place de la Danse / ARTO as part of "Jour de la Danse"
Esplanade Daniel Cordier
All curves and pleated tulles, Les baigneurs by the duo Clédat & Petitpierre is inspired by modern painters and plunges into the pleasures of seaside bathing with a poetic and tender fantasy
From Cézanne to Seurat, Picasso to Léger, modern art has captured on canvas the idyllic image of sea bathing, with half-naked bathers, liberated, exposed between sun and water. Yvan Clédat and Coco Petitpierre offer a lively, amused and playful version of this, slipping into the plump, cuddly bodies of two large dolls in striped swimming costumes and little black bonnets. Towel under arm, ball in hand, the couple lie down for a gentle lounging session, sketch out a few gymnastic movements, play a beach game before the big splash. With a poetic and tender imagination, the two sculptors-performers-directors plunge us back into the enchanted interlude of a summer by the sea.
Clédat & Petitpierre
Yvan Clédat and Coco Petitpierre met in 1986. They are sculptors, performers, directors and choreographers, and the creators of a body of work in which the body is always transformed and set in motion. They invented "sculptures to be activated", works that they inhabit and bring to life during silent performances. Their choreographic and visual shows create dreamlike, poetic worlds in which the performers' bodies are transformed. Their work has been performed in France and in some fifteen other countries. Alongside their work together, they continue to collaborate with a number of contemporary directors and choreographers as set and costume designers.
Concept, direction and performance: Yvan Clédat and Coco Petitpierre
Lebeau et associés
far ° festival des arts vivants - Nyon
Musée du Léman