“In french slang, soufflette means blowing the smoke from one person’s mouth back into another’s. This is an intimate act during which one shares the most essential and yet ungraspable part of our existence: the air that keeps us alive and makes us high. Soufflette will be an exchange of air throughout the centuries. What if a medieval breath blew through our lips?
Musical archives from 12th and 13th century keep the memories of the first attempts at composing polyphony in the western world. This is a fascinating moment where we can witness how an organized community creates its own architecture, builds a way to coexist and sing together. The memory of those first polyphonies blows into our mouths, lungs and bodies. They confront with contemporary anthems to create unheard pieces.
To make a soufflette is often an erotic gesture; it is also a pacifying act. Here the medieval air breathing in and out our present organisms gives us a peaceful high, reconciling ancient and modern, dark and enlightened, natural and artificial.
Making a soufflette requires courage. It opens the gate to a demanding trip. With only their voices, their feet, their bodies and their dreams the dancers embark on this trip. They create their own folk made of songs, corporal percussions, ghosted dances and never-ending mutations. Their bodies become holy flourished altars from an ageless cult.”
Choreography François Chaignaud
Set design Romain Brau
Lighting design Abigail Fowler
Costume design Romain Brau
Composer Jostein Gundersen
Dancers Ole Martin Meland, Mathias Stoltenberg, Caroline Eckly, Dawid Lorenc, Noam Eidelman Shatil, Daniel Mariblanca, Olha Stetsyuk, Adrian Bartczak, Irene Vesterhus Theisen, Harald Beharie, Timothy Bartlett, Aslak Aune Nygård, Chihiro Araki, Anne Lise Rønne
Carte Blanche The Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance Website