In 2019, the Echelle Humaine festival takes its title literally. From the individual body to the collective body, from the solo to the duo and the group, the transformable building of OMA / Rem Koolhaas hosts six propositions that tell us what binds and connects us, weaving dance and text, playing physically with space and words.
For a week, the speech moves. With "Se sentir vivant" ("Feeling Alive"), Yasmine Hugonnet expresses it with the gesture, the posture, the look and disturbing ventriloquist's words. "Belly’s, eyes", hand’s, mouth’s voice. In "We Are Still Watching", Ivana Müller gives a script to viewers, who discover and read it together, creating a temporary community that confronts the unexpected. "Sweat Baby Sweat", by Jan Martens, slowly unfolds the images of the love duet. Attraction, aversion, vulnerability, physical power are shrouded in the lyrics and melodies of pop songs.
With his new solo "Dancer of the Year", Trajal Harrell questions this honor award that has recently been attributed to him by Tanz magazine, and who comes in boomerang questioning him on what it means to him to dance. In "Yves-Noël Genod will tell at least one sentence of Merce Cunningham (and perhaps a little more)", Yves-Noël Genod summons the rich figure of Merce Cunningham to "chat" the dance, and try to write the impossible poem. Finally, during the two afternoons of the weekend, with "Hors-Champ" ("Off-Field"), Ivana Müller invites to take place in a tent with a stranger, for a series of pre-written conversations inspired by the world of plants and gardens .