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Étienne Guilloteau / Action Scénique SYNOPSIS OF A BATTLE PERFORMANCE

artistic direction Etienne Guilloteau

dance Claire Croizé, Etienne Guilloteau

musical dramaturgy Alain Franco

light Hans Meijer

costumes Anne-Catherine Kunz

sewing Maria-Eva Rodriguez

administration klein verzet vzw

distribution Cinzia Maroni

production Action Scénique

co-production Kaaitheater, CCNR direction Yuval Pick, Kunstencentrum Buda

in collaboration with WpZimmer, Takt, apap (Advancing Performing arts project)

with the support of The Flemish Authorities

duration 60 min

The battle of the two dancers is that between soul and body, fate and freedom, passion and principle, mortality and lust for life (Charlotte De Somviele, Etcetera, nov. 2013)

Synopsis of a Battle is the synopsis of an opera, a choreographed tragedy composed out of dance, light, music, poetry and mythology. In his latest creation the French choreographer Etienne Guilloteau links music, words and dance to form a whole. Once again Guilloteau works together with the pianist Alain Franco. Two dancers, Claire Croizé and Guilloteau himself, occupy the space. Two is the minimum number of people to establish a relationship, and two is the maximum before it forms a group. They enter into a dialogue and move through space, words and music both together and separately. Their relationship acquires different forms and evokes different stories without actually becoming one. Nor do the words tell a concrete story, but reveal a trail that leaves room for the imagination. It is not the story but the energy of the text that is important. All these elements make Synopsis of a Battle into the synopsis of an opera and a new step in Guilloteau’s work as a whole. A performance that talks about battle, dialogue and... love...


Étienne Guilloteau graduated P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels. After his graduation solo  Love me two times, (presented  in several European venues) in 2002 he joined wp Zimmer in Antwerp which resulted with the creation of the duet Skènè danced with Claire Croizé (2004). In 2006 Etienne Guilloteau created his second duet La Magnificenza, performed with Vincent Dunoyer (dance) and Hans Meijer (light). In 2007 he created Dido in collaboration with Claire Croizé, a video installation performance based on the third episode of Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas.
The past couple of years, his choreographical work focused on the dramaturgical relation between dance, music and light. This research resulted in the showing of two "études": Prima dell'atto, a piece for kids on Debussy's music and DAAD, a solo where Guilloteau developed the dance and the light on music by John Cage music ("Experiences"). In May 2010 Guilloteau created for the Kunstenfestivaldesarts Tres Scripturae, a piece for three dancers (Croizé C., Godsmark C. and himself), a pianist (Alain Franco) and a light-technician (Hans Meijer) also present on stage. In November 2013 he premiered with his last creation Synopsis of a Battle in Kaaitheater in the context of La Biennale of Charleroi Danses.
Besides his choreographic work, Etienne Guilloteau danced for several people such as Vincent Dunoyer, Rosas, Charlotte Vanden Eynde and especially with Claire Croizé and Marc Vanrunxt with whom he maintained a sustained collaboration over the past years.
Etienne Guilloteau is a leading member of Action Scénique, a company that regroups, supports and promotes the choreographic work of three makers Claire Croizé, Nada Gambier and Etienne Guilloteau himself. Action Scénique is APAP-artist (advancing performig arts project) for the period 2013-2016.