Choreographic creation 2024-2025
Choregraphy : Brigitte Chataignier
Text : Zéno Bianu Painting : Marc Feld Music creation : Jean-Christophe Feldhandler Lighting : Sylvie Garot
With Brigitte Chataignier, dance, voice Jean-Christophe Feldhandler, percussion
Recorded music : Sylvie Deguy, mezzo soprano J.C. Feldhandler, piano
With the words of the poet, while the drum and the song resound, Mâlâ crosses endlessly the worlds of the East to the West.
Revelation, she embodies in emotions the heroines.
As a teller of signs, she appears in the fresco and confides her secrets, before continuing her metamorphosis.
So many sequences that are like rare pearls, from which the memory of the illuminated scenes of the past and of the present resurface.
A dancer advances between two energy zones.
Between Yiddish and Sanskrit, old rhymes and Vedic mantras, between popular songs and dances of Kerala and the songs of the Jewish communities of Cochin, Brigitte Chataignier gradually discovers new tracks and dazzling transcends.
Resonances and reminiscences, a journey of signs and traces, to reconnect the threads of time and distance, in the transcendence of the poem and the unfolding of painting. At the heart of the project is an exploration between dance, text and image for a creation including a number of people met on its way.
Statement of Intention
Beyond the recurrent misfortunes of the world, art, for me, remains an essential driving force. Something that cannot be destroyed. A transmission to be endlessly reinvented, generating enthusiasm. This new piece multiplies the variations. A painter in his search sketches temporal landscapes. A poet attempts an unpredictable dialogue between Moses and Shiva. So many approaches, to inhabit time differently.
In 1987, when I took my first step on Indian soil and before I fully immersed myself in Kerala’s culture, I visited the synagogue in Cochin, along with many temples. Later, in 2018, I met Elias Josephai, the amazing custodian of another ancient synagogue in the same city.
From there, a whole questioning on the sign, the language, the transmission, the migrations of a people towards another country was born. What is kept from the old, what is adopted from the new, what happens to these confluences?
This is the basis of the Mâlâ creation, in which I weave a link between my own origins and the great mythical India of travellers, where I went to learn and practice ancestral gestures.
In India, the Mâlâ is a necklace of precious pearls, or a garland. It adorns the bride, the Hindu deities, the dancer, it is the rosary of the monk. It is beneficial and structuring. It gathers flowers, stones, wood, gold or silver. The thread runs through the centre of each mala. It is laid down, turned over, twisted, can be broken, repaired and rewired. Each mala has a story…
This creation, which bears its name, draws its inspiration from a journey of memories, know-how and imagination. It is also the name of a place in Kerala, derived from the Hebrew Ma’Alaha which means « the place above ».
Thus, I find in these words essential values, echoing my artistic research. A way to give heart to the times, joys and trials that our lives go through.
Going beyond the limits of the contemporary and the traditional, Mala is a philosophical, choreographic and poetic fable, an opening onto the transnational. The creation is built step by step, nourished by my internal memory and dance, by hybridizations, crossings of questionings, vectors of knowledge, expressions and survival.
Avec les mots du poète, alors que résonnent le tambour et le chant, Mâlâ traverse sans fin les mondes de l’Orient à l’Occident.
Révélation, elle incarne en émotions les héroïnes du possible.
Diseuse de signes, elle apparaît dans la fresque et lui confie ses secrets, avant de poursuivre sa métamorphose.
Autant de séquences qui sont comme des perles rares, d’où ressurgit le souvenir des scènes illuminées d’autrefois et de toujours.
Création 2024- 2025
Chorégraphie : Brigitte Chataignier
Texte : Zéno Bianu Peinture : Marc Feld Création musicale : Jean-Christophe Feldhandler Lumière : Sylvie Garot
Avec Brigitte Chataignier, danse, voix Jean-Christophe Feldhandler, percussion
Musique enregistrée : Sylvie Deguy, mezzo Soprano J.C. Feldhandler, piano
Résonances et réminiscences, un parcours de signes et de traces, pour renouer les fils du temps et de la distance, dans la transcendance du poème et le déploiement de la peinture. Au coeur du projet une exploration entre danse, texte, musique et image pour une création qui rencontre sur sa route nombre de personnes.