22.5. at 20.30h

Bitef theater

‘Fora’ means ‘outside’ in Portuguese, Catalan, Occitan, and Sardinian.

Standing on the shoulders of Houdini and the traditional contortionist techniques, FORA takes the genre to an entirely new place.

In an ultra-contemporary language, Alice Rende allows distorted movement to come to the forefront as a desperate strategy against external dominance – a tribute to those who do not fit in. Based on somatic research among the homeless in Rio de Janeiro, psychiatric hospitals, and historical archives of so-called hysterical patients, she develops a physical vocabulary that breaks the usual codes for contortion. Enclosed in a plexiglass box, reminiscent of displays in anatomical museums, and in a live soundscape where sounds from the amplified box transform into cello harmonies, she creates a truly unique performance – groundbreaking for the genre.

Creation and performance: Alice Rende

Set design/construction: Benet Jofre and Kob

Lighting designer: Gautier Devoucoux

Composer/sound design: Thomas Baudriller, Chloe Levoy

Production of: Compagnie Ar

Photos: Kristof Reno de Laž, Francis Rodor, Širle Dorino

Special thanks: Lorraine Burger / StudioPACT and Cie Hors Surface

With the support of: Circus Next – European Circus Label, SACD / Processus Cirque, Premiers Geste(s), Institut Français, Aide au Projet – DRAC Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Co-productions: Les Subsistances Lyon (FR), l’Espace Périphérique, mairie de Paris, parc de la Villette (FR), Archaos Pôle National de Cirque de Marseille (FR), La Grainerie, Fabrique des arts du cirque Toulouse (FR), Le Lieu, espace de création, Périgueux (FR), l’École Nationale de Cirque de Châtellerault (FR), Le Groupe Geste(s) (FR), Le Champ de Foire, St André de Cubzac (FR), L’Agora Pôle National de Cirque de Boulazac (FR)

Duration: 45’

Age: 7+