In Vacances vacance, Ondine pays tribute to all the moments where we are not exactly where we should be, because we are late, elsewhere, on vacation or aside of our body. It’s an observation of what is not here, now, but that may have been earlier or somewhere else. The piece goes back and forth between the body and the thought, it creates small trips to make the absence and the absentees appear.
It is a solo, a monologue that becomes slowly a dance piece. Ondine follows her thoughts and goes from vacation to hypnosis, Near Death Experiences, clumsiness, stuttering, Demosthenes, grace and mainly absence.
She announces body states and experiments them. She is outside of her own body, aside of it, ahead of it, behind it. By insisting, she reaches a strange dance when she seems to be absent from her body. She dissects this dance and calls it grace.
She attempts to create a horizontal relationship with the audience by a direct speech. She installs a relationship of trust with the audience: she does what she says and vice versa. Everything is transparent. Bit by bit, this relationship gets loose, she leaves space for emptiness. The piece finishes on a challenge: to disappear while staying here, to let the absence become the main character of the piece.
"Vacances vacance" can be played in English.
Creation and performance: Ondine Cloez
Lighting design: Vic Grevendonk
Playwright: Marine Bestel
Outside eye: Sara Manente, Sabine Macher
Advice on the English translation: Bryan Campbell
Atelier de Paris/CDCN
Le Vivat – Scène conventionnée d’Armentières
Musée de la Danse - CCN de Rennes
Kunstencentrum BUDA – Kortrijk
La Bellone – Maison du Spectacle – Brussels
WPZimmer - Antwerp
Service de la Danse - Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles
with the support of:
Le Gymnase - CDC Roubaix
Honolulu - Nantes
Production : Entropie Production