Cie. Samuel Mathieu

Cie. Samuel Mathieu

FRAU TROFFEA

About the Company

After working as a performer with Régine Chopinot, Jean-Claude Gallotta, Robert Seyfried and Tomeo Vergés, Samuel Mathieu founded his own company in 2001 and started working as a choreographer. In 2004, he created and performed Est-ce-O-Elle-O-solo, and then a series of group pieces, including Us-Band and Go On!! 
From 2008 on, Mathieu’s will to share experiences with foreign artists led him to choreograph Nord-Reich-Nord (Germany), then Yan (a Franco-Chinese project), and Generic-X (Japan). In 2013, he combined for the first time dance and digital arts in a piece aimed at young audiences: The Dynamics of emotions. For the pieces Monsters (2015) and Assassins (2016), respectively created in Lithuania and Netherlands, the choreographer brought the question of power on stage. In 2017, in War, Samuel Mathieu connected with new horizons, opened his work to the circus and plastic arts, and connected the work of Yves Klein with the public. 

About the Piece

Summer 1518. In the narrow streets of Strasbourg, dozens of people are dancing frantically to the rhythm of tambourines and bagpipes. A movement epidemic, procession of dancing death in which Frau Troffea, the first victim, becomes « patient zero » of this epic.

From this disturbing historical fact, Samuel Mathieu offers Martin Mauriès, performer, the opportunity to start a reflection about the essence of being a woman, a man, heterosexual, homosexual, transsexual, transgender, pansexual, gender fluid …

A research of plural, opposed, harmonious and contradictory body states. A succession of syncopated constraints, an escalation of attitudes, both sincere and overplayed, unfinished and accomplished; conflicting thoughts, bodies, verb, and dance. An escalation that offers an evolving, progressive and restless rhythm, pushing the performer and the reflection to the limits and beyond.

An ascent to a pure expression, simplexity of states, acceptance of the gender, uncompromised, without a priori. 

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