Satchie Noro and Silvain Ohl (France)
Project / Concept: Satchie Noro and Silvain Ohl
Construction: Silvain Ohl and Eric Noël
Dance: Satchie Noro
Original music: Fred Costa with the voice of Maia Barouh
Original music in Chile: Carlos Canales
Lighting and stage managing: Thierry Arlot
Costumes: Karine De Barbarin
Pictures: Laurent Philippe
Co-produced by: Centro Cultural Teatro Container Valparaiso, Les Noctambules de Nanterre, Institut Français de Santiago du Chili and Paris, La Briqueterie – CDC du Val-de-Marne, Le Centre culturel de La Norville, Le Théâtre d’Arles – scène conventionnée pour les nouvelles écritures
With help from: Arcadi Île-de-France, Dispositif d’accompagnements
With support from: Conseil Général de l’Essonne and la Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles d’Île-de- France – Ministère de la culture et de la communication
Assistance and support by: Generik Vapeur, Le Citron Jaune, Centre National des Arts de la Rue, Les Noctambules de Nanterre, Brand & Nuance
(c) Johnny Stephens, Frédéric David, Kalimba, Karine de Barbarin, Laurent Philippe
Inspired by ancestral Japanese origami techniques, Origami turns a 40 foot container into a shifting performance space. Satchie Noro slowly evolves on the mechanical structure as it folds up from triangle to square and rectangle. Origami is a duet between a machine and a dancer, an industrial romance in which a container, a symbol of globalisation, embraces the fragile scale of the human body. Satchie Noro and Silvain Ohl connect dance, moving architecture and landscape through a stunningly visual and deeply poetic experience.
Origami as a playful ancestral practice.
Container as a theatrical space.
Dance as the driving force for metamorphosis.
From globalization to a human scale.
Origami takes on the container as a body.
Perspectives change. Container folds up.
Power vs. counterweight.
Weight vs. challenging power.
You there right next to you there.
Folding over backward.
Rectangle, square, triangle.
Back to vertical.
Dancing space, full body.
Dancing body, full space.
Body merging with scenery. Industrial romance. Poetic asylum. With possibly infinite benefits.
French-born dancer, choregrapher, aerial circus artist Satchie Noro made her first steps in the dojo of her Japanese father, Masamichi Noro, master of Aikido. She studied classical dance with Wilfride Piollet.
After a short stay in Berlin a the Deustch Opera, she embraced the prolific Berlin alternative scene as a choreographer and performer from 1991 to 1995. Back in France, she performed with Andy Degroat, Shiro Daimon, Mié Coquempot. In 2002, she discovered aerial circus techniques at the Circus School Les Noctambules with Michel Nowak and simultaneously founded her company Furinkaï. In 2006 she started collaborating with constructor Silvain Ohl and created Origami which toured in Europe and Chile.
She has also collaborated as a dancer and circus artist with Adrien Mondot and Claire B, Carlotta Sagna, James Thierré, Michel Shweizer, Mohamed Al Khatib and Pierre Meunier. In 1999 she was the laureate of the Villa Kujoyama (Villa Medicis Hor-les-murs) in Kyoto with Alain Rigout. In 2012 she was granted a residency as part of the Hors-Les-Murs programme of the Institut Français. Since September 2015, she is co-directing the Circus School Les Noctambules in Nanterre with Olivier Verzelen.
Since 1984 Silvain Ohl has worked as a constructor, designer and actor for Ilotopie, Générik Vapeur, Théâtre de l’Eléphant Vert, Transe express, Cahin-Caha, Jo Bithume, Luxor et Compagnie, La Machine, Satchie Noro, Groupe F, Cirque Ici, Compagnie Moglice von Verk, Compagnie Rue des Baigneurs.