PHILIPPE SAIRE - Choreographer
Philippe Saire was born in Algeria and spent the first five years of his life there. He later moved to Lausanne where he studied and trained in contemporary dance before going abroad —including a spell in Paris—to pursue his training. In 1986 he created his own dance company in the Lausanne area, which went on to develop its own creative repertoire and actively contributed to the emergence of contemporary dance throughout Switzerland. In 1995, Philippe Saire inaugurated his own creative workspace, Theatre Sevelin 36. Located in Lausanne, the theatre is dedicated to contemporary dance and hosts performances of international stature, as well as local dance acts in a bid to help promote their work. Sevelin 36 is the laureate of the 2013 Special Dance Award given awarded by the Swiss Federal office for Culture. In 1998, Philippe Saire was awarded the Grand Prix by the Fondation Vaudoise pour la Promotion et les Creations Artistiques. That same year, he won the Prix d’auteur du Conseil general de Seine- Saint-Denis (France) at the Sixth International Choreographic Meeting for his piece Etude sur la
. And in 2004, ProTanz Zurich awarded him the Swiss dance and choreography prize. Since 2003 Philippe Saire has taught movement at the Manufacture—a theatre school in French-speaking Switzerland. Cie Philippe Saire has produced 31 shows to date, with more than 1,000 performances in 180 towns and cities across Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and America. The dance company also performs regularly at exhibitions and art galleries, gardens, urban spaces and other outdoor venues. From 2002 to 2012, the Cartographies
project, which combined performances in the city of Lausanne and video production, bore witness to Saire’s constant desire to get dance out of the interior performing space. The 11 in situ
pieces, filmed by 9 producers from French-speaking Switzerland, including Lionel Baier, Fernand Melgar, Bruno Deville, Pierre-Yves Borgeaud and Philippe Saire himself, were released in 2013 as a book-DVD-collection and are frequently screened at various festivals. This taste for experimentation also led to the creation of 2011’s Black Out
(which reached 100 performances in 2014): a dance piece which takes place in a cube, with a limited audience standing atop the stage.
VACUUM generates impossible images and fantastic paintings, an interplay of bodies appearing and disappearing between black holes and dazzling lights.
This duo is the third part in a series of performances called Dispositifs
(‘stage devices’), in convergence with visual arts. After Black Out
(2011) and NEONS Never Ever, Oh! Noisy Shadows
explores a new aspect of our sensory perception through an optical illusion created with two neon tubes. In Black Out
, the movements of the dancers drew shapes in some black substance on stage while the audience watched from above. NEONS
then staged a couple dancing in a world of lights and shadows. Now, with this third piece, Saire explores further the visual perception of movement. The result is lyrical and inspiring, as it moves forward through the history of art, from Renaissance paintings to photographic development. This 25-minute long performance features a stage device that is easily transportable. Furthermore, it includes the same cast as NEONS
, meaning both can be programmed together. Vacuum
is a coproduction with Paris’ Theatre National de Chaillot and La Bâtie- Festival de Genève.
Vacuum is not a quiz for an informed audience. Spectators are free to associate the images they see with those they see within themselves. They’ll walk out slightly unsteady, bedazzled and mute. With Philippe Saire, emptiness is full, wonderfully full.
- Mireille Descombes, L’Hebdo’s blog : Polars, Polis et Cie, 26.06.15
Vacuum echoes in the black box of the theatre like a screaming body. Wonderful and unsettling.
- Cécile Dalla Torre, Le Courrier, 08.09.15
Despite the white beams, the tableau is not clinical at all. Instead it looks like a magical map of the organism. A whole life unfurls in the wrinkles of the flesh, caught between grace and weightlessness.
- Bérengère Alfort, La Terrasse, 14.09.15
Lausanne-based choreographer Philippe Saire takes us on a mesmerising optical journey. The plateau is bare. On the walls, the half-light echoes off Philippe Chosson and Pep Garrigues to create a different anatomical landscape. Between two neon lights, they literally burst through the screen, like gargoyles on bas-reliefs. Just like a master of Flemish painting or a stone carver, Philippe Saire presents an auditory and (choreo)graphic show where bodies emerge from the darkness as they would in outer space.
- Unireso, 03.09.15
Concept and choreography Philippe Saire
Choreography in collaboration with dancers Philippe Chosson and Pep Garrigues
Dancers on tour Philippe Chosson and Gyula Cserepes
Stage device realisation Léo Piccirelli
Sound design Stéphane Vecchione
Technical director Vincent Scalbert
Construction coordinator Antoine Friderici
Construction Cédric Berthoud
Stage management Vincent Scalbert
Duration 25 min
Video recording & teaser Pierre-Yves Borgeaud
Photography & graphic design Philippe Weissbrodt
Administration, PR Valérie Niederoest
Promotion & tour management Gábor Varga
Accounting Régina Zwahlen
Secretary Christel Welsch
Production assistant Constance von Braun
What Power Art Thou, drawn from Henry Purcell’s King Arthur, performed by Fink and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Ninja Tune, 2013
Théâtre National de Chaillot (Paris), La Bâtie-Festival de Genève
Support & partners
Ville de Lausanne, Canton de Vaud, Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council, Loterie Romande, CORODIS, Fondation de Famille Sandoz, Le Romandie Rock Club, la Ménagerie de Verre dans le cadre du Studiolab.