Mathilde Monnier: Twin paradox

Dance performance with soundscapes by Luc Ferrari

  • © Marc Coudrais
    (c) Marc Coudrais

The dancing star as the primal unit of every community is of central importance in this production: two people dancing, who keep on dancing, who hold one another, keep going in order to survive.

For Twin paradox, the French choreographer allowed herself to be inspired by the history of popular dance marathons in the U.S. at the end of the 1920s. On the verge of the Great Depression, these events became a profitable entertainment industry in which dance judges, trainers, and shady organizers soon set the tone. Often, these dances lasted for days, ending in collapse and crisis.

What fascinates Mathilde Monnier about this image of primal competition is the moment “in which dance creates its own world and develops a dramaturgy all its own that escapes real time.”

Luc Ferrari was a composer who made films and a filmmaker who composed. In his soundscapes, he used sounds from nature and our surroundings to create unusual aural images in which fragments of possible stories overlap, cross, and mix.

Choreography —
Music —
Stage —
Light —
Éric Wurtz
Costumes —
Laurence Alquier
Sound —
Dancers —
Marion Ballester, Cédric Andrieux, Julia Cima, Sonia Darbois, Jung-Ae Kim, Thibault Lac, I-Fang Lin, Félix Ott, Jonathan Pranlas, Sylvain Cassou
Tänzer —
Guillaume Guilherme


— 20. September 2012
Further dates
— 21. 22. September
— app. 1 h 50 min.
German Premiere
— 20 / 30 / 40 €
Reduced prices start at 10,00 €
  • Thu20Sep
    20.00 - 21.50
    Mathilde Monnier: Twin paradox on 20. September 2012 at 8.00 PM
  • Fri21Sep
    20.00 - 21.50
    Mathilde Monnier: Twin paradox on 21. September 2012 at 8.00 PM
  • Sat22Sep
    20.00 - 21.50
    Mathilde Monnier: Twin paradox on 22. September 2012 at 8.00 PM


Dance performance at Salzlager
6. September 2012, 7. September 2012, 8. September 2012
Salzlager, Essen
A coproduction of Ruhrtriennale, Festival Montpellier, danse 2012, Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, Charleroi DANSES Centre choréographique de la federation Wallonie Bruxelles, Centre Choregraphique national de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon.

Kindly supported by Institut français and the French Ministery of Culture and Communication / DGCA.