Philippe Olza created "CONTACT - première étape",
at the invitation of the Festival d’Avignon 2004.
It represented the first stage in a production process and
took place under the auspices of "La vingt-cinquième
heure" in the Salle Benoît XII. "CONTACT"
was further developed at the Centre national de la danse
in Paris/Pantin, and became the evening long production
that is now "VOILÀ !". The theme of the
evening is "The human body in mid-life". Two different
aspects of the theme are dealt with: life experience leaves
its mark on the body particularly so when a person's profession
entails working with one's own body. After 40, the body
does not have the same resources at its disposal, physical
limitations appear and in their turn influence spiritual
/ emotional well-being. Furthermore creeping loneliness
makes itself felt in sharp contrast to a superfluity of
communication on various levels. It therefore becomes necessary
to turn inwards, to listen to one's body, to perceive its
changing state. The language of the performance is manifold.
Interaction with the audience takes place on a visual, aural
and verbal level. The evening begins with a podium discussion
with well-known personalities from the region. The discussion
deals with various aspects of the theme. The performance
then slides into the solo dance project, a visual representation
of the theme, which renders it tangible. The dance solo
aims to review with humour, a state of being, of crisis
is highlighted by means of certain light-heartedness. A
spoken, danced, acted and stumbled dialogue with oneself
and the Others. The dance language employed draws on several,
very different elements from "romantic ballet",
the language of the jester, dada, gymnastic dance, as well
as the tragic-comic as associated e.g. with Buster Keaton
all the while with the intention of creating a contemporary
choreography. The choreography is driven by the desire to
highlight the cynicism of the emotions in memorable fashion.
"VOILÀ !" is about a man who catapults
himself into space like a planet out of orbit, only to land
on the universe of his red carpet. Olza invites us into
this solitary universe, where the body wrestles with time,
against the backdrop of the labyrinth that is interior life.
Olza is accompanied by Hans Koch's music, an elaboration
on the theme of vacuum cleaner.