Thursday 9th February 2012

Le Carré, Théâtre de l’Archipel, Perpignan

 Dance choreographed by Mathilde Monnier  



Nine dancers appear to enjoy their freedom on a sun-drenched lawn ) but nothing is as it seems. The lawn increasingly begins to resemble an artificial, landscaped garden, a piece of nature that has been controlled. The dancers attempt to preserve their freedom but are engulfed by an environment that is alien to them. Mathilde Monnier masterfully uses a trivial occurrence to study man and society. Her choreography is based on the concept of unisono, or synchronism, in dance, an outmoded choreographic form still used today in parades, musicals and classical ballet, with the aim of arousing a sense of the spectacular. In ‘Tempo 76’, performed to the rhythm of music by the Hungarian composer Ligeti, the French choreographer mainly criticises our uniform and artificial society. Everything appears to be perfect and harmonious but where is the catch? ‘Tempo 76’ is theatre of dance but with a knowing wink and full of subtle poetry and movement.


More info:
‪Le Théâtre de l’Archipel‬
‪Avenue Général Leclerc‬
‪BP 90 327 – 66003 Perpignan cedex‬
‪Tel : 04 68 62 62 00‬
‪Email :‬



Le Théâtre de l’Archipel‬

There is an exciting new addition to the Perpignan skyline. If you have been to Perpignan in the last few months you would have noticed a large construction along Avenue Général Leclerc and a giant concrete bubble. This bubble is ‬now‪ ‘the grenat,’ a large theatre space accommodating 1100 guests and the venue of the Théâtre de l’Archipel. Designed by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel, the theatre will bring a touch of prestige to the previously rundown edge of the city.‬

‪The new theatre and cultural precinct is designed to be an artistic & cultural hub for the city. Welcoming local and international artists, it is hoped the precinct will encourage a spirit of multiculturalism and social tolerance.‬

‪There is something for everyone in the season line-up including theatre, dance, circus, opera, classical & contemporary music, as well as a special programme for children. Some of the artists performing include Eric Cantona, Thomas Dutronc and Yael Naim. Ticket prices range from 11€ to 40€.‬

‪For ticket and performance information you can visit the theatre website: Here you will be able to read more about “the grenat” and take a virtual tour of the site.‬

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