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Avignon Off Festival 2019 - Audience Award

"L’Ambition d’être tendre" is a ceremony set to the colours of the Mediterranean. 
Two musicians and three dancers come together to create a spiral-shaped performance, leading to a trance, offering a precious moment of power and abandonment. The music envelops the dancers like a second skin. The performer steps back and surrenders himself to inebriation and repetition. An out of time fantasy subsequently appears, suspended between archaism and contemporary gesture. 

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A project anchored in territory :
This project is part of the "Les nouveaux terrains de jeux " measure, established for the 2018-2019 season by the company with its institutional partners, aiming to transpose rehearsals into public spaces  open to audiences; thus creating new and impromptu meetings. 

Coproduction : La Parenthèse / Christophe Garcia, Cie Aouta, Malandain Ballet Biarritz - National Choreographic Center Aquitaines en Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Rosella Hightower National Dance Center in Cannes-Mougins, Village en Scène, Cultural Season for the Loire Layon Aubance Territory, City of Baugé en Anjou 

La Parenthèse Company Institutional Supports : Pays de la Loire Region - Cultural Affairs, French Institute, Pays de la Loire Region, Provence Alpes côte d'Azur Region, Maine-et-Loire Department, Bouches-du-Rhône Department, City of Marseille, City of Angers, National Contemporary Dance Center in Angers, KLAP Maison pour la danse in Marseille 

Aouta Company Supports : South Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur Region, Provence Verte

Abandonment to rhythm and its power
DANSER – Canal historique

Three amazing dancers, two inspired musicians and legitimate ambition. We let ourselves get carried away by this poetic trance, the audience emerging feeling like they have lived through a moment of powerful delicacy.

A very organic show, focused on the body, its breath and its movement. 




November 23rd 2023  -  L’ALPILIUM – St-Rémy-de-Provence (13), in partnership with LES SALINS scène nationale de Martigues

December 7th 2023  -  THÉÂTRE DES DAMES - Les Ponts-de-Cé (49)

January 26th 2024 at 8:30 PM  -  LE CUBE – Villenave d’Ornon (33)

February 3rd 2024  at 8:45 PM -  SALLE GEORGES BRASSENS – Saint-Gratien (95)

March 5th 2024 at 8:30 PM -  LE FORUM – Saint-Raphaël (83)

Mach 14th 2024  at 8:30 PM -  L’ODYSSÉE – Dol de Bretagne (35)

March 16th 2024 at 8:30 PM -  GRAIN DE SEL – Séné (56)

March 21st 2024  at 8:30 PM -  LA BRIQUETERIE – Schiltigheim (67)

March 23rd 2024  at 8:30 PM -  LA CASTINE – Reichshoffen (67)

March 28th 2024 at 8:30 PM -  SALLE ALAIN BASHUNG – Mouy (60)


Trained as a dancer and with additional training in theatre, singing and music, Christophe quickly steered his work toward choreography. In 1996, he got into the Atlier Rudra Béjart School and joined the Béjart Ballet in Lausanne in 1998.

As early as 2000, he started developing his own choreographic language and presented his first creation "Alice" during the Carte Blanche to Maurice Béjart. 

The show's success pushed him to strat his own company: La Parenthèse, for which he has constituted a varied repertoire of dance pieces. Earning multiple international prizes rewarding choreography, his work was quickly noticed during events taking place accross Europe and North America. Christophe has been a regular guest choreographer for different repertory companies; Scapino Ballet, The Opéra-théâtre in Avignon, teh Junior Biarritz ballet, Jeune Ballet du Québec, and the Ballet d'Europe. 


Benjamin Melia is a drummer and fife player ffrom oriental Provence. 

Performing everywhere from "scènes nationales" to operas, music creation centres or the streets of Coursegoules, Benjamin Melia is a professor at the Saint-Raphaêl conservatory, artistic director of the Belouga Quartet and director of the Festival-Provence. An acclaimed soloist, he has performed with many renowned ensembles, such as the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, the Nice Opera, heading the Belouga Quartet or, more regularly, with the Lamparo National Company, conducted by Manu Théron. 


It is first and foremost as a multi-instrumentist that Guillaume Rigaud made a name for himself in the world of traditional music. 
Originally from teh Var region in the South of France, he started off as a diatonic accordion and galoubet tambourine player, for which he completed a few trainings , ranging from street music to ballroom. Very interested in world music, he is today also known as a bagpipe performer.
Also a teacher at the Ecole Intercommunale de Musique, Arts et Danse de la Provence Verte, he aims, through pedagogy and professional work, to make traditional music more accessible. 


Dance & live music - Ages 7 and up - Duration : 50 min
Minimum stage dimensions : 8m x 8m x 4m

Available for both indoor and outdoor performances and in frontal and quadrifrontal displays 

On tour : 8 people (3 dancers,  2 musicians, 2 technicians, 1 choreographer)
Professional company based in  Marseille et Angers


Choreography : Christophe GARCIA - Music composition : Benjamin MELIA, Guillaume RIGAUD, Stephan NICOLAY - Dancers : Marion BAUDINAUD, Charline PEUGEOT, Alexandre TONDOLO, Gaël ALAMARGOT

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