Clocks & Clouds

Noé Soulier

Show
Jan 6th - 8th, 2023
Dancers standing in white clothes, grouped together, making desynchronized movements.
Jan 6th - 8th, 2023
Le Carreau du Temple, Paris
Partner — Festival d'Automne à Paris 2022
Choreographer
Noé Soulier
Duration
60 min
Production
Cndc Angers

In 2023, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting choreographer Noé Soulier for his creation Clocks & Clouds, presented as a part of the Festival d’Automne à Paris 2022.

Hovering between chaos and structure, Noé Soulier explores a decentralized approach to choreography which he then uses to guide the flow of a large group of dancers. Similar to a flock of birds, the performers interact with each other as part of a wider movement, setting in motion a controlled meshing effect in which the common emerges from the singular.

Clocks and clouds. This was the formula that the philosopher of science Karl Popper used to explain the two major principles that regulate physical reality. On the one hand, we have phenomena which are predictable and regular and, on the other hand, those which are subject to indeterminate forces. These reflections were a source of inspiration for the composer György Ligeti, the compositions of whom oscillate between chaos and structure. This is the case in relation to his Chamber concerto (1969), and it is this piece which the choreographer uses as his starting point. For the purpose of this project, Noé Soulier, accompanied by a large group of students from the CNSMD in Paris and the Cndc in Angers, has created composition tools which enable movement to be generated by a group. Similar to an equation consisting of several unknowns, the score is built up in real time, in a to-and-fro process between the decisions made by the members of the group and the collection of written movements. Like a swarm of fleeting intentions and chain reactions, the directions taken by the dancers answer to a decentralized logic which reacts to the slightest impulse… forming lines, waves, dispersions and overlap.

Photo : © Anne-Elise Grosbois

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Portrait of Noé Soulier

Noé Soulier

In 2022, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting Noé Soulier for his creation First Memory.

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Two dancers facing each other, sitting on the floor with their arms in the air
01 / 09 — Clocks & Clouds, Noé Soulier © Anne-Elise Grosbois
Dancer bent backwards, arms in crown
02 / 09 — Clocks & Clouds, Noé Soulier © Anne-Elise Grosbois
Dancers bent forward, one arm touching the ground
03 / 09 — Clocks & Clouds, Noé Soulier © Anne-Elise Grosbois
Dancer in jumping position looking down
04 / 09 — Clocks & Clouds, Noé Soulier © Anne-Elise Grosbois
Dancers standing with one foot in front and arms in the air
05 / 09 — Clocks & Clouds, Noé Soulier © Anne-Elise Grosbois
Dancers grouped on the floor
06 / 09 — Clocks & Clouds, Noé Soulier © Anne-Elise Grosbois
Dancers lying on the floor, audience in the foreground
07 / 09 — Clocks & Clouds, Noé Soulier © Anne-Elise Grosbois
Orchestra of the show Clocks & Clouds by Noé Soulier
08 / 09 — Clocks & Clouds, Noé Soulier © Anne-Elise Grosbois
Standing dancers accompanied by Noé Soulier
09 / 09 — Clocks & Clouds, Noé Soulier © Anne-Elise Grosbois