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Marius Barthaux

Brazil | Dance


Marius Barthaux’s first encounter with the Brazilian contemporary dance scene dates back to 2014, when he watched Lia Rodrigues’ show «Pindorama». He was especially moved in the simple and yet very evocative proposition. Since then, he has taken a great interest in Brazilian production and the freedom it carries in its creations. For his residency in the country, he intends to investigate this liberty of combining striking visual aesthetic and various rhythms. Marius is keen to see the Carnival scene, connect with collectives working at Casa do Povo (a cultural centre in São Paulo) and collaborate with them in creating art pieces in public spaces.

Marius Barthaux [CH] processes a joyful stupid work that revolves around collective, transdisciplinary, in situ and immersive creation, using body in all its shapes. The shows he creates or co-creates are often attempts at conversation with reality, focusing on the relationship between artists, audience and the materiality of the space invested. More and more, he develops his work around dance in non-dedicated spaces. After Litterature and Theater studies in Paris, he joined La Manufacture in 2015 for the Bachelor’s degree in contemporary dance. Since 2016 with La Grosse Plateforme, he co-creates shows with 12 bodies and 12 voices, investing public spaces as a dancing choir to inhabit and resonate different types of places. With OUINCH OUINCH, a Geneva-based company that he co-directs with Karine Dahouindji since 2019, they use their shows HAPPY HYPE and CACHALOTTE to invest open or closed spaces in which audience and performers mix, in order to rebuild festivity, carnival, grotesquerie and collective dances. More personally over the past three years, Marius has been developing a project of sensory and material experimentation with La Grosse Plateforme, cosmos des sommes, which now includes a solo, «dires des sommes» – mineral performance for a stranded fool –, an ambulatory group piece, «la patrouille», and a very new duet project with his fooly friend Simon Peretti, «parasite et bottes-de-plumes».