The starting-point of this creation is the bourree with two counts, a traditional group dance from the French Massif Central. Branle takes on the form of a ball – a space in which dance and music come together but that also evokes specific feelings and makes for circulation.
Choreographer Madeleine Fournier is fascinated by the endless repetition in the music and choreography of the bourree. It evokes both a feeling of standstill and transformation, as if the present continuously renews itself in an effort to approach eternity. Accompanied by dancers and musicians Fournier brings you into a trance – the situation in which what is hidden is revealed. Branle descends to the gestures and affects from our collective subconsciousness.
Madeleine Fournier lives and works in Paris. With her structure O D E T T A she produces her own work, such as the solo Labourer (2018), La Chaleur (2021) and the film Ce qui est en haut est comme ce qui est en bas together (2021, with Andrea Bagioli), all of them programmed at NEXT festival.