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REPERTORY

HOME(2020)

TRIO - (2019)

RAIN - (2018-19)

BLACK SAND(2016)

MADELEINE - (2016)

AD AETERNAM - (2015)

ON THE EDGE (2015)

MEMORIES/CONNECTIONS - (2014)

INTIMITE - (2012)

 

Choreography:

Jonathan Breton

 

Duration: 

40 min

HOME

creation 2020

Pièce for 4 dancers. 

HOME explores themes related to identity, history, family, country of origin, immigration, emigration and sense of belonging. More broadly, it explores the meaning of what the term "house" can represent. Is it a place? Is it a material, spiritual thing? Is it an idea, an ideal, or even a lost memory?

Built around an original scenography and based on the personal experiences of different populations (migrants, prisoners, children, people with autism ...), "HOME" is a topical piece both in its contemporary artistic form and in the social and cultural current issues raised.

"I hope through this piece that I can make the dancers forget that they are on stage and the audience that they are in a theater and that both of them can feel 'at home'. I also hope that upon seeing this play, the audience will question their own definition of the term, "home" and that it will help to better understand their neighbor, to be more tolerant and more empathetic. At a time when the forced migrations of peoples in search of a new "home" are more topical than ever, I hope to bring the public to reflection and that those who are safe at home agree to open their doors, while those who are in search of security dare knock at their doors".

Jonathan Breton, choreographer

with the support of: St-Gervais-La-Forêt City (France - 41)

venues: Espace Jean-Claude Deret (France - St Gervais la Forêt - 41)

 

TRIO

creation 2019

Choreography:

Jonathan Breton & Alexandre Balmain

 

Duration: 

14 min

Piece for 3 dancers. 

TRIO explores the symbolism of the number 3, from a geometric, anatomical, philosophical, scientific and metaphysical point of view. It questions the deep nature of man, especially in his male / female duality, a component of each being, and studies the themes of confinement, group strength and trust.

Through a scenography showing on stage a triangle with an evolving shape, the piece is inspired by the 3 phases of existence present in nature: birth / evolution / transformation.

TRIO is an athletic and explosive piece inspired by one of the richest symbols of humanity, in which a strong and intense relationship is created between the dancers.

FRANCE

Blois (41)

Festival Blois Danse, Halle aux Grains

Saint-Gervais-la-Forêt (41)

Espace Jean-Claude Deret

Vineuil (41)

AZOTH Arts Center

Alby-sur-Chéran (74)

Le Pôle, espace culturel et sportif

with the support of: Art et Mouvement du Semnoz (residency - France)

venues

 

creation 2018-2019

 RAIN

Choreography:

Jonathan Breton

 

Duration: 

30 min

Piece for 7 dancers. 

The RAIN piece studies our relationship to rain. What is it like when you see, feel or hear rain for the first time, and how are these sensations reflected in the body? This piece was particularly inspired by the reactions of young children who come into contact with rain for the first time.

On a second level, the piece offers a parallel between rain and the human body. Depending on where the rain falls, it can be beneficial (watering nature, filling rivers ...) or harmful (stagnant water ...). From this same principle, the human body builds and develops according to the life experiences with which it is confronted. The piece thus studies how these hazards influence the physical and psychological development of an individual.

One of the musical sections of the piece was created in collaboration with composer Arthur Abrams, who worked with Merce Cunningham.

with the support of: Ballet & Body (residency - New York), Saint-Gervais-la-Forêt City (France - 41), Bricorama Vineuil (France), Marc Bayet

venues

FRANCE

Blois (41)

Festival Blois Danse, Halle aux Grains

Saint-Gervais-la-Forêt (41)

Espace Jean-Claude Deret

Vineuil (41)

AZOTH Arts Center

 

creation 2016

BLACK SAND

Choreography:

Jonathan Breton & Alexandre Balmain

 

Duration: 

12 min

Piece for 2 dancers. 

BLACK SAND is a duet that explores themes related to conflict, the notion of choice and human relationships. 

Black sand contrasts in its symbolism with the image of "white sand" that is commonly associated with a heavenly place, sometimes utopian. The piece thus offers a parallel between this image of white sand and the reality of human relationships and everyday situations. A more conflictual, less idyllic daily life. A reality that forces you to make choices. The essence of "choice" being to say no to some things, so that you can say yes to others. And this power of being able to make choices opens up an infinite range of possibilities.

The piece also draws on the creative power of men, when they are called upon to work together. Thus, sand can be quantified in units or multiples. A single grain of sand is small, insignificant, while a multitude of grains form a beach and immense and sumptuous landscapes.

The piece Black Sand is the result of a collaboration between 2 choreographers working together to give life to a piece mixing their universes, nourrished by their differences. A work that forced them to listen to one another and to "make choices".

Like two grains of sand that come together to give birth to something bigger, a beach, not simply made of white sand, but made of a sand with a symbolic color representing human relations and a reality embellished with the unknown , concessions and surprises.

with the support of: Ballet & Body (residency - New York)

venues

USA

New York

Triskelion Arts

TANK Theatre on Times Square

City Center Studios

SPARK Dance Forum - the Actors Fund Arts center

Moving Beauty Festival

Hatch Series, Jennifer Muller/the Works

Moving Men Series at Dixon Place

Massachusetts

Built on Stilts Festival

California

Capitol Dance Company

Montage Dance Production

 

FRANCE

Blois (41)

Festival Blois Danse, Halle aux Grains

Espace Jorge Semprun

Huisseau-sur-Cosson (41)

Salle des fêtes

Saint-Gervais-la-Forêt (41)

Espace Jean-Claude Deret

Vineuil (41)

Art'Zyth édition 2020

Alby-sur-Chéran (74)

Le Pôle, espace culturel et sportif

GUATEMALA

Guatemala City

Dick Smith Theatre

Quetzaltenango

Teatro Municipal de Quetzaltenango

 

FINLAND

Rauma

Rauma Sali

 

MADELEINE

Choreography :

Jonathan Breton

 

Duration : 

28 min

creation 2016

Piece for 8-10 dancers. 

MADELEINE explores themes linked to duality, attachment and the course of life.
Madeleine Josso, the person who inspired this piece, lived in France in the Centre-Val de Loire region from 1913 to 2011. She was a very small person but with unparalleled charisma. Describing this woman in words would not be easy. So, we tried to translate her spirit and her essence into movement.


The piece is particularly concerned with her marriage. At a time when the act of marriage was very different from today, the play seeks to define the different states of mind through which the future bride could go. From excitement to fear, from the unknown to discovery, from being alone to the union with another being.

In addition to the precise moment of the marriage, the play questions the symbolism of this act and the marriage in general, the idea of it and the impact of this act on a person's life.

Finally, Madeleine Josso having lived through the 2 world wars in France, this historical imprint is also symbolized in this piece.

with the support of: Ballet & Body (residency - New York), Kleinfeld Bridal (USA)

venues

USA

New York

TANK Theatre on Times Square

City Center Studios

WhiteWave SoloDuo Festival

Newburgh Illuminated Festival

New Jersey

Pollack Theatre

Maurice Levin Theatre

American Academy of Dance

 

FRANCE

Blois (41)

Festival Blois Danse, Halle aux Grains

Festival les RDV de l'Histoire

Huisseau-sur-Cosson (41)

Salle des fêtes

Vineuil (41)

AZOTH Arts Center

Alby-sur-Chéran (74)

Le Pôle, espace culturel et sportif

POLAND

Opole

Mlodziezowy Dom Kultury

 

 

(solo) 2015

(group section) 2019

AD AETERNAM

Choreography:

Jonathan Breton

 

Duration: 

10 min

Piece for 6 dancers. 

AD ​​AETERNAM was inspired by a wound. The injured body of the dancer which no longer allows him to exercise his art. A knee, which no longer allows him mobility or support. This piece thus seeks to portray the resilience of the artist, who, like an immutable and vital need, will practice his art at all costs. Dressed in a simple orange sheet which will then symbolize his legs, the artist will find his way back to the stage and to expression.

 

In the second section, the piece explores the character of man as a social animal. His need for contact, to be with his peers and the need for recognition by them. 

From a philosophical point of view, the existence of a self would be intrinsically linked to the perception that the other has of itself. If we don't exist in the eyes of our peers, we don't exist. The piece then seeks to study the power of this link that is created between people and the influence that results from it.

with the support of: Chen Dance Center (residency - New York)

venues

USA

New York

Newstep, Chen Dance Center

TANK Theatre on Times Square

City Center Studios

Moving Men Series, Dixon Place

30-30-30 at Dixon Place

New Jersey

Pollack Theatre

Maurice Levin Theatre

American Academy of Dance

FRANCE

Blois (41)

Festival Blois Danse, Halle aux Grains

Festival RDV de l'Histoire

Huisseau-sur-Cosson (41)

Salle des fêtes

Saint-Gervais-la-Forêt (41)

Espace Jean-Claude Deret

Gymnase

POLAND

Opole

Mlodziezowy Dom Kultury

 

FINLAND

Rauma

Rauma Sali

 

creation 2015

ON THE EDGE

Choreography:

Jonathan Breton

 

Duration: 

5 min

Piece for 1 dancer. 

The piece ON THE EDGE is a "risk-taking" piece exploring the themes of body awareness and the present moment. It invites the artist and the audience to renew themselves in their respective experience of the show.

This piece danced blindly forces the performer to focus on the present moment, to listen to his sensory perceptions and to disregard all thoughts other than those related to the execution of the choreography.

She also encourages the public to find new ways of emotional connection with the performer whose face and in particular the eyes, essential means of expression, are hidden.

ON THE EDGE is thus an invitation to get rid of facial expression to connect with the emotion of the body in motion. It is also an additional challenge for the performer who cannot count on his face to create an exchange with the audience and who must then be able to make them feel his story through movement and through his body, the only vessel communicating to his disposition.

NB: the solos MEMORIES and ON THE EDGE are often performed together to offer a 9 minutes piece.

with the support of: Ballet & Body (residency - New York)

venues

USA

New York

TANK Theatre on Times Square

City Center Studios

Moving Men Series, Dixon Place

Newburgh Illuminated Festival

New Jersey

Pollack Theatre

FRANCE

Blois (41)

Festival RDV de l'Histoire

Huisseau-sur-Cosson (41)

Salle des fêtes

Saint-Gervais-la-Forêt (41)

Espace Jean-Claude Deret

Gymnase

POLAND

Opole

Mlodziezowy Dom Kultury

Gdansk

Gdanski Festiwal Tanca

FINLAND

Rauma

Rauma Sali

DENMARK

Slagelse

DanseGulvet

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MEMORIES

CONNECTIONS

creations 2014

Choreography:

Jonathan Breton

 

Duration: 

Memories : 4 min / Connections : 8 min

Pieces respectively for 1 and 7 dancers. 

The solo MEMORIES gave life to a group piece, CONNECTIONS, into which it fits by inviting additional performers to gravitate around the soloist. It is an invitation to connect with the other and, for a time, to join his path of life. This invitation also symbolizes the encounters that can be made during a lifetime; there are the passing encounters, there are the memorable, eternal encounters.

MEMORIES and CONNECTIONS are inspired from the novel "Une Vie", by French author Maupassant.

These pieces study how one life intertwines with others. How is it inspired, touched, transformed, influenced by them. There are these passing encounters, which for one day, or even ten years, accompany us, then there are the eternal encounters which, like soul mates, accompany us along the way.

Whether it is one or the other category, how do we experience the loss of the being encountered, what is the strength and the fragility of memories and towards what new impulses can these events lead us.

NB: the solos MEMORIES and ON THE EDGE are often performed together to offer a 9 minutes piece.

with the support of: Shen Tao Studio (residency - New York)

venues

USA

New York

TANK Theatre on Times Square

Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre

Moving Beauty Festival

City Center Studios

Moving Men Series, Dixon Place

Newburgh Illuminated Festival

Ballet & Body Studio

Newsteps, Chen Dance Center

Martha Graham Theatre

TADA! Youth Theatre 

The Muse Brooklyn

New Jersey

Pollack Theatre

St Paul Episcopal Church

Maurice Levin Theatre

American Academy of Dance

FRANCE

Blois (41)

Festival RDV de l'Histoire

Huisseau-sur-Cosson (41)

Salle des fêtes

Vineuil (41)

AZOTH Arts Center

Saint-Gervais-la-Forêt (41)

Espace Jean-Claude Deret

Gymnase

POLAND

Opole

Mlodziezowy Dom Kultury

Gdansk

Gdanski Festiwal Tanca

FINLAND

Rauma

Rauma Sali

Baltic Sea Festival

DENMARK

Slagelse

DanseGulvet

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creation 2012

added to the company repertory in 2017

INTIMITE

Choreography:

Jonathan Breton

 

Duration: 

7 min

Piece for 1 dancer.

INTIMITE seeks to question the self-protection process of an individual.
To protect themselves, men sets limits on themselves, whether it's because of fear, lack of confidence or even following a trauma. These mental barriers symbolize this comfort zone that we must leave in order to evolve, surpass ourselves and achieve ourselves.

The play offers a parallel with the fetus which is about to come into the world. Once out of his "prenatal cradle", everything possible opens up to it, with an infinite power of creation.

INTIMITE offers a reflection on our own limitations and an invitation to leave our comfort zone to be reborn and regain access to this power of creation and personal realization.

Choreographed for la Compagnie de l'Etoie in Paris, in 2012, the piece is added to d'AZOTH Dance Theatre's repertory in 2018 at the occasion of a performance at the Tank Theatre (New York, USA)

with the support of: IFPRO (place of creation and professional mentoring - Paris), Ballet & Body (residency), Tank Theatre

venues:

USA

New York

TANK Theatre on Times Square

FRANCE

Paris (75)

Théâtre de Ménilmontant

Saint-Gervais-la-Forêt (41)

Espace Jean-Claude Deret

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