Faun/ve_ is an ode to the power of adolescence, to the power of transformation and mutation that emerges during this period. Set in a circular space with a spatialised sound system, this performance for teenagers aims to reflect this bubbling energy back to them through an immersive choreographic score featuring dance by Agathe Thévenot, music by Nicolas Allard (Olvo) and poetic text by Laura Vazquez.
Moving away from the (very) young audiences she has been working with for many years, Caroline Cornélis is now venturing into her first creation for teenagers. Working in tandem with children’s philosopher Gilles Abel, she hopes to explore the dualities that lie dormant in each of us, through a choreographic and musical dialogue between dancer Agathe Thévenot and DJ Olvo.
In 1876, Stéphane Mallarmé wrote his poem Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune. In 1894, Claude Debussy’s work was a milestone in the history of music. In 1912, at the Théâtre du Chatelet in Paris, Vaslav Nijinsky’s choreography of the work marked a major shift towards choreographic modernity. It would be an understatement to say, then, that this Faun is the bearer of a prestigious heritage.
But who is this faun, half-animal and half-human? What does he have to tell us about these that sometimes stir within us? What torments, dilemmas and questions dilemmas and questions? And what can we say about the many metamorphoses it echoes?