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REPERTORY

THE WHITE ROOM(2022)

F**K THE BOXES(2021)

TEAR - (2021)

HOME(2020)

TRIO - (2019)

BLACK SAND(2016)

 
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creation 2022

THE WHITE ROOM

Choreography:
Jonathan Breton
 
Duration: 
60 min

Piece for 5 dancers. Suitable to all audiences

THE WHITE ROOM is a piece that questions the principle of society. How is a society formed? How does it evolve? And above all, what is a society? What is the place of the individual within the group and what influences do they exert on each other?

THE WHITE ROOM is thus a symbol. It represents an impersonal and sanitized place that evolves and takes on color as the individuals who make it up change. It sometimes becomes a place of learning, sometimes a place of war. It builds itself to finally destroy itself and metamorphose into a new place. Whatever it is, THE WHITE ROOM remains inexorably the scene of the movements that agitate its members, both actor and spectator of their evolutions.

Note of intent from the choreographer:

"At a time when the term "societal problems" are becoming a leitmotif of the international press, I seek with the piece THE WHITE ROOM to redefine what the term "society" and above all, "living in society" means, with the desire to leave the abstraction of the term to refocus it on the human. The human who is at the heart of this society and who shapes it as much as it shapes them. A creative work around society is above all a work around the psychology of the human being and their history and in this sense, this piece is thus completely in line with the line of research developed in my choreographic work. An axis nourished by the many and recent societal changes.

If the theme is serious, the piece also borrows from poetry, lightness and hope. This is what drives me to the development of this work: the hope that this piece about society will allow the public to dream of a better society. That it will allow them both an awareness of the current situation(s), and a projection in their ideal world, to thus initiate small changes in their daily life in order to achieve a better way to live all together. This piece is both a reflection on societies and an invitation to tolerance".

dancers: Alexandre Balmain, Jonathan Breton, Marguerite Delle Fontane, Gildas Lemonnier, Estelle Maire

lights: Timothée Suzanne

costumes : second-hand costumes: THE WHITE ROOM is a reflection on society both on stage and off!

music: Saycet, Maria Callas, Orphyx, Forest Swords, Berge, Olafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, Wintergatan, Big Wild

 

with the support of: Ville de St-Gervais-La-Forêt (41), Agence Sunshine, Conseil Départemental du Loir-et-Cher (41), CCN Roubaix/Ballet du Nord, Crédit Agricole Région Centre Val-de-Loire

venues

FRANCE

Saint-Gervais-la Forêt (41)

Espace Jean-Claude Deret

Blois (41)

Festival Blois Danse (Halle aux Grains)

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creation 2021

F**K THE BOXES

Choreography:
Jonathan Breton
 
Duration: 
15 min

Piece for 2 dancers. 

ABOUT THE STRATES PROJECT: 

"the weight of the administration, the aberrations of bureaucracy and the need to fit into the boxes"

The piece TEAR is part of the STRATES project: from a common synopsis, two diametrically opposed creations are created to illustrate the subject in two different registers: TEAR, in a dramatic register and F ** K THE BOXES in a comic register.
The objective of this double choreographic writing is to highlight the richness of the power of creation and to bring the creator to apprehend the text with a new look, in order to interpret it in different ways. It is an invitation to reinvent oneself, to question one's creative process and inspirations and to stimulate the power of the imagination.

It is finally a method allowing an uncensored writing, calling to ignore the codes and to create new ones, in order to propose two works that are both twin and foreign.

THE PIECE F**K THE BOXES :

Male duet that questions standards in a light and comical way.

From an administrative and often societal point of view, we must fit into the boxes, correspond to established or expected models. Boxes in which it is sometimes difficult to find one's way, but compulsory to fit in to be considered. We are then confronted with a real "dictatorship of the boxes".

In "F ** K THE BOXES", our two little dictator dancers are then confronted with people who do not fit into these boxes and who do not correspond to standards, expectations, predefined frameworks. A burlesque exchange is then created between these two ways of thinking and being.

with the support of: City of St-Gervais-La-Forêt (41), City of Vineuil (41), Departemental Council of Loir-et-Cher (41)

venues

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FRANCE

Blois (41)

Festival Blois Danse, Halle aux Grains

Saint-Gervais-la-Forêt (41)

Espace Jean-Claude Deret

Alby-sur-Chéran (74)

Le Pôle

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creation 2021

  TEAR

Choreography:
Jonathan Breton
 
Duration: 
25 min

Piece for 4 dancers and 2 comedians.

ABOUT THE STRATES PROJECT: 

"the weight of the administration, the aberrations of bureaucracy and the need to fit into the boxes"

The piece TEAR is part of the STRATES project: from a common synopsis, two diametrically opposed creations are created to illustrate the subject in two different registers: TEAR, in a dramatic register and F ** K THE BOXES in a comic register.
The objective of this double choreographic writing is to highlight the richness of the power of creation and to bring the creator to apprehend the text with a new look, in order to interpret it in different ways. It is an invitation to reinvent oneself, to question one's creative process and inspirations and to stimulate the power of the imagination.

It is finally a method allowing an uncensored writing, calling to ignore the codes and to create new ones, in order to propose two works that are both twin and foreign.

THE PIECE TEAR :

"TEAR" is a piece directly inspired by testimonies of people who, in various situations, did not fit into the boxes or the expectations of society and thus felt excluded. The piece questions these power struggles, sometimes violent, and the power that words, or even rejection, can have over an individual.

In developing the choreographic language specific to this piece, the choreographer was inspired by sculptures by Rodin, whose work was criticized by his contemporaries because he himself then stood out from the tradition and codes of the time ( sources of inspiration: The Thinker, La Danaïde, L'Age d'Airain, Le Cri, La Main Crispée).

An adaptation of the text "Meditating on the dispositions of my soul ..." by Jean-Jacques Rousseau completes the musical score.

with the support of: City of St-Gervais-La-Forêt (41), City of Vineuil (41), Departemental Council of Loir-et-Cher (41)

venues

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FRANCE

Blois (41)

Festival Blois Danse, Halle aux Grains

Saint-Gervais-la-Forêt (41)

Espace Jean-Claude Deret

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Choreography:

Jonathan Breton

 

Duration: 

40 min

HOME

creation 2020

Piece 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

FRANCE

Blois (41)

Festival Blois Danse, Halle aux Grains

Saint-Gervais-la-Forêt (41)

Espace Jean-Claude Deret

Alby-sur-Chéran (74)

Le Pôle, espace culturel et sportif

 

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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 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

Maison de Bégon

Huisseau-sur-Cosson (41)

Salle des fêtes

Saint-Gervais-la-Forêt (41)

Espace Jean-Claude Deret

Vineuil (41)

Art'Zyth édition 2020

La Chrysalide

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

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creations 2014

MEMORIES

CONNECTIONS

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