In residency: Brice Catherin, Jonathan O'Hear et Ioannis Mandafounis

In residency: Brice Catherin, Jonathan O'Hear et Ioannis Mandafounis



Flux Laboratory will host artists Brice Catherin, Jonathan O'Hear and Ioannis Mandafounis from 10 January to 28 February 2022. Together they will work on the project entitled Ripe.

Brice Catherin and Jonathan O'Hear created the association Malfaiteurs in 2021 which is a collective of two and their guests. Ripe is the first project to be part of this association and Ioannis Mandafounis the first guest.

Ripe is a performance about a cellist who dances, then plays a movement of Kodaly's sonata, then dances, and so on until the last movement. During these long dance solos, Brice Catherin's body is completely transformed. Exhausted, certainly, but also open, rediscovered, reworked, stretched, burning, anchored, conscious. 

To dance, Ioannis Mandafounis' methodology has the rare quality of adapting and sublimating all bodies (of all ages) instead of normalising them and demanding their youth. Moreover, it is based on improvisation and is therefore a tool perfectly adapted to Brice's musical improvisation practice. Finally, in this method, the dancers' emotions are the driving force behind the movements. The body and the space in which they move become the resonance boxes for these emotions. This is where the virtuous circle of interdisciplinarity is created: the emotions created by Kodaly's music are further amplified by the dance; those created by the dance are further amplified by the music. One could speak of a "feedback" of emotions between the two disciplines.

Ripe is also an experiential installation where nothing is what it seems. A physical space of illusions that examines the notion of shared experience through the filter of unstable memories. It will be an immersive space, the projection of a troubled mind for which reality is uncertain and shifting. 

The main techniques will be light and video, drawing on optical illusions and certain works of illusionists. This device plays with the limits of the visual system, so artists and spectators, although present at the same time, will perceive very individual realities and it is by comparing them that they will construct a new composite and collective reality.

A performance by Brice Catherin (music, dance, co-creation)
Jonathan O'Hear (set design and co-creation)
Ioannis Mandafounis (choreography, methodology and co-creation)