En-Dessous, La Forêt

Feda Wardak, Jean-Yves Phuong

Du 15 au 20 juillet à 20h - Ateliers Médicis icon booking
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In partnership with the Ateliers Médicis

“En-dessous, la Forêt” is a total project which consists in the construction in the middle of the regional forest of Bondy in Clichy-sous-Bois of a monumental wooden scenographic work, which becomes the support of a choreographic creation. .

At the bend of a path, a huge facade soars out into the middle of a pine grove. This wooden architecture made of repeated and regular horizontals and verticals is modeled on an orthonormal grid; almost systematic production support for all the architectures of large assemblies.

Those of Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil are no exception. Their construction from the sixties generates clear cuts on huge plots of this same forest.

Today, around wood, urban upheavals are once again exerting forms of land and property pressure on the forest. From then on, the edge of the forest becomes an intermediate space, a buffer zone, a refuge for marginalized bodies.

The ways of understanding space evolve and the forest then becomes this space of trust where new forms of organization and resistance are created. Echoing the reconfiguration of inhabited spaces, the destruction and reconstruction of buildings, the potential disappearance of part of the forest ... the dancers invite us to understand the way in which structural and spatial alterations impact bodies and their travel.

The creation tries to bring into existence the daily gestures of the act of living in a built environment which paradoxically tends to transform itself gradually. Both a monumental construction, the bark of a gigantic tree and a setting for dancers, this multifaceted work is offered to residents, walkers and the curious.



Every evening, before the performances of En-dessous la Forêt, meet on the Dhuys, in front of the Ateliers Médicis, for an outdoor concert.
→ From Thursday July 15 to Tuesday July 20 at 8 p.m. (break on Sunday July 18)

Mare Nostrum, The 400 blows
A tour of the Mediterranean basin alongside an original quartet combining clarinet, tenor saxophone, tuba and a soprano voice!
With Sevan Manoukian (vocals), Axelle Ciofolo De Peretti (clarinet), Serge Serafini (baritone saxophone) and Elizabeth Coxall (euphonium).
→ Thursday July 15 at 8 p.m.

Al Baladi

Youssef Bouzidi and the Al Baladi troupe invite you to discover some treasures of the musical heritage of the Arab-Andalusian world, chaabi, classical and rai ... A journey to the end of the mysteries of the East, worthy of the Thousand and One Nights ...
With Nasro on violin, Miloudi on percussion (derbouka), Mehdi on accordion, Toufik on keyboard and Youssef on lute (oud).

→ Friday July 16, 2021 at 8 p.m.

Abdallah Abozekry on saz and Baptiste Ferrandis on guitar compose an energetic and poetic duo, crossing the musical boundaries between East and West.
→ Saturday July 17 at 8 p.m.

Big Funk Brass Band
In the tradition of the Brass Bands of New Orleans, the BFB releases a devastating sound tinged with funk and hip-hop which makes all the spectators a furious desire to let go.
With Alexandre Herichon (trumpet), Léo Pellet (trombone), Simon Postel (bass drum), Julien Paris (snare drum), Tom Caudelle (flugabone), Abel Jednak (saxophone), Jonas Réal (soubassophone), Lucas Dessaint (soubassophone) .
→ Monday July 19 at 8 p.m.

A singer and a multi-instrumentalist will make you travel and dance, between Armenian folk and traditional rhythms (maloya, reggae, African, Arab, Balkan…). Vay Aman!
→ Tuesday July 20 at 8 p.m.

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