“A jewel of optical theater” is how “Le Monde” defined the show by Aurélien Bory, Plexus, a term that in Latin means plot. On stage, phenomenon of dance’ Kaori Ito, who studied classical dance in Japan before pursuing her training in contemporary dance in New York and Europe, becoming the muse of renowned choreographers such as Alain Platel, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Philippe Decouflé.
After Sans Object was presented at the Roma Europa Festival in 2010, Bory closes the 2014 edition with a show that recreates the inner world of those who, like Kaori Ito, find the courage to leave their original context and experiment with other artistic forms. So the French director and playwright challenges the forces of gravity, and transforms the confined space of a ceiling into a forest of thin nylon threads. Many vertical lines brilliantly lit to represent each obstacle that can change a dance or a life.
Bory has never dwelled on the traditional concept of theatre. After founding his company in 2000, he began to travel, and became influenced by other disciplines and cultures before finding precious materials to fuel his new universe in the circus. Thus in 2004 he made the show Taoub, and sometime later Azimut with a group of Tangier acrobats. But it is with Plan B (2013) that comes one of the masterpieces of the recent history of contemporary circus. It is a show that plays with the adaptability of humans, undermined daily by the certainties of a rapidly changing world.
The show depicts intimate portraits of human beings that now in Plexus reflect the inner body of Kaori Ito. It starts with a solo: a microphone to his chest amplifies heartbeats. An individual becomes aware of wanting to find a way out. The dancer-acrobat moves like a puppet hanging from the invisible threads of the human condition in a narrow cage of constraints and conventions. Thousands of wires slow the pace and impede the advancement toward freedom. Thus the body of Kaori Ito elongates, falls, and flies in a sequence of movements impossible to catch. A unique experiment that Bory summed up as such: “in conceiving this portrait of Kaori Ito, I started from the internal network of the nerves and the body that can be our Achilles heel, to arrive at an external space in a tangle of wires and reminiscences of her life.”
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