Gold Shower - Nanterre-Amandiers
Gold Shower - Nanterre-Amandiers

Photo : ADELAP

Photo : ADELAP

7 avenue Pablo‑Picasso
Nanterre, FR 92022

Gold Shower

Conception and performance

François Chaignaud & Akaji Maro

30 September — 2 October 2020
Création 2020
Performed at the Maison de la Musique of Nanterre
Estimated duration
Maison de la musique de Nanterre
Show created on September 30th, 2020 at the Maison de la musique of Nanterre

With the Festival d'Automne à Paris

One is a choreographer, dancer and singer at the intersection of contemporary genres. The other is a butoh trailblazer and founder of the historic Dairakudakan company. Coming from cultures and aesthetics that are polar opposites, François Chaignaud and Akaji Maro have a common desire to experiment and share.

After they first met in 2013, they started working towards an unusual duo project designed as a fusion between their respective universes. The bizarre and delightful synthesis is epitomized by the physical confrontation of the two artists. Between the body of the preeminent shapeshifter and the seventy-year-old prince of the grotesque the age, style and appearance differences blend into a cohesive unit beyond the beautiful and the ugly, the sacred and the secular. Their bodily closeness spawns “an abstract, amorous, humble and over-the-top dance” whose vital power wipes out the gender question.

Their densely rich creation feeds off of a conflation of borrowings, exchanges and cultural transmissions where the figure and writings of Antonin Artaud – a major influence on Japan’s butoh scene – are a common source of inspiration. GOLD SHOWER offers a contrasting profile of two artists that are “so far away and so close”, inviting the audience to a flamboyant celebration. This incandescent ritual is performed outside of the theater’s facilities, at the Maison de la musique in Nanterre.



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