A Breaking Down and a Multiplication of Tissue

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To prepare A breaking down and a multiplication of tissue, Jean-Frédéric Chevallier invited a writer, Matthieu Mével. It was about not to write a text to be represented on stage but to produce a stage work with the idea of breaking down the text and its signification. The question was simple: what happens then? There is the genuine desire to present only loved materials: Matthieu Mével’s poem, Jean-Frédéric Chevallier’s videos, Sandra Gomez’s dancing body, Roberto Gonzalez’s voice, Rogelio Sosa’s sound textures. The performance moves in between theatre, dance, video and music, leading the audience into a journey where the laws of narration disappear in front of the joys of sensation. In fact, there is nothing to understand. What is needed is mostly to let oneself go on in the middle of flowing words, Indian women’s visages, a Colombian dancer’s grace, a Mexican singer’s sensibility, electronic music sounds. It is an invitation to enjoy what all these unexpected encounters produce.


Extract from the leaflet program distributed to the audience

The dance-theatre performance had been elaborated thanks to the active participation of the Teatro UNAM technical staff: Erick Velazco, Caballo, Tintán, Tobi, Perro, Bartolo, El jarocho, Chemita, Gilberto Mata Jiménez, Kakitas 2, Kakas, Niño, Virus, Tripón, Yolanda la explosiva, Loco, Coni, Piedra, Loquillo, La paisana.



conception, direction and lighting Jean-Frédéric Chevallier and Matthieu Mével vidéo projectionsJean-Frédéric Chevallier textMatthieu Mével translation Jean-Frédéric Chevallier and Sandra Gómez singing and jaranaRoberto González sound design Rogelio Sosa space designKarla Rodríguez directors’ assistantsLaura Furlan and Raúl Mendoza performer Sandra Gómez actresses in video Ikue Nakagawa, Zubaida Nizam, Ranjana Tanti,Sujata Basak, Shalini Mistri, Trisha Bag and Gargee Bar produced by Mexican National University Theatre Department (Teatro UNAM) , Mexican National Council for Culture and Arts (CONACULTA),National Mexican Fund for Culture and Arts (FONCA), Proyecto 3 (Mexico) and Trimukhi Platform   


première on September 5, 2009 at Theatre Juan Ruiz de Alarcón during Night of Theatre n°4 • Mexican National University Cultural Centre

presentations from September 9 to October 27, 2009 at Theatre Juan Ruiz de Alarcón • Mexican National University Cultural Centre










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