Piece for seven performers
Craation at TPE Bezons Paris 2010 – finaliszed in 2011 as part of the Biennale of Charleroi Danse (Brussels)
Duration : 60’

This, the third instalment of a project looking into the dialectic of conflict, Tournois (Tournaments) features seven dancers in a game of chess. At once manipulators and manipulated, they are meet in a series of «tournaments» that blur the lines between “game” and “me”. Verbal jousting, demonstrations of force, courtship rituals or dressage lessons: constantly swinging between reality and fiction, the choreography touches on situations that are sometimes funny, sometimes intimate and inquire about relationships between men. Sometimes just one detail, a simple grain of sand in the mechanism of life, is enough to change everything, and to lose control.

Design and choreography: Erika Zueneli
Interpretation: Emmanuelle Beauvois, Juan Benitez, Sébastien Jacobs, Claire Haenni, Olivier Renouf, Shantala Pepe
Assistant and set design: Olivier Renouf
Lighting design: Sylvie Mélis
Sound design: Brice Cannavo
Stage design and costumes: Perrine Leclere Bailly
Production: L’Yeuse and non-profit organization, with co-production and distribution by Charleroi danses, co-production by Les Brigittines, L’Espace 1789 de Saint-Ouen, TPE Bezons and CDC of Val-de-Marne/National Dance Biennial and ADAMl. With the support of L’L (Brussels) – research and support space for young designers and the National Dance Center (Paris) for studio provision. Project created with assistance from the Ministry of the French Community Wallonia-Brussels – Dance department.