Échelle Humaine


For its second edition, the Lafayette Anticipations Échelle Humaine festival takes its title at face value. From the individual body to the collective body, from the solo to the group, the transformable OMA/Rem Koolhaas building hosts six proposition. Together, they tell us much about what links us as human beings, and what relays us, weaving together dance and text, and experimenting with space and words via physical means.

Over the course of a week, discourse goes on the move.
The 16th of December, with Se sentir vivant, Yasmine Hugonnet addresses it via gesture, posture, gaze and the not altogether reassuring words of the ventriloquist. Ivana Müller, for her part, confers a script to spectators, who discover and read it together, giving rise to a provisory community which is suddenly confronted with the unexpected.
On the 18th and 19th of September, Sweat Baby Sweat, by Jan Martens, sees images slowly unfurling of a romantic duo. Attraction, aversion, vulnerability and physical might are suffused with lyrics and tunes from the world of pop.
The 21st and 22nd of September, with his new solo, Trajal Harrell examines this honorific title recently attributed to him by the magazine Tanz, the boomerang effect of which has been to prompt him to question what dance means for him. On these same dates in Yves-Noël Genod dira au moins une phrase de Merce Cunningham (et peut-être un peu plus), Yves-Noël Genod summons up the vibrant figure of Merce Cunningham in order to «go on about » dance, and try to write its impossible poem.
Lastly, during the two afternoons of the week-end (21-22 September), with Hors-Champ, Ivan Müller invites audiences to come into a tent with a stranger for a series of previously-written stories inspired by the universe of plants and gardens (free access).