Ô mon frère!: tender and modest
The three men of Ô mon frère! are hefty and strong, and their performance style is not in the least bit dainty. Created in 2001, this piece explores a brawny aesthetic that its authors, the Ben Aïm brothers, have somewhat neglected of late. It offers a clear analysis of the bonds males form when faced with stress, danger, doubt. It is a piece that investigates male camaraderie, a dance of exhausted cowboys, of brothers in arms. It develops in sequences linked to a very subtle soundtrack that mixes Leonard Cohen with the sound of the wind. There is no clear narrative, but a succession of flashes of exhausted heroism of the kind so often seen at the end of Westerns, when the heroes are all the more handsome in their exhaustion. A stick is passed from one to another, transforming from a weapon to a crutch, and the three performers juggle and move forward and hesitate and hate each other before coming together again. The dance movements, which are suitably rough given the context, recall wrestling, capoeira, and martial arts, even it is not clear if this is intentional.  Quite simply, this meeting of men, shot through with violent affection, assumes that these rivalries will degenerate into a concerted movement of understanding. With tenderness and a great deal of modesty, this piece speaks to the dance of men and the affection between them in a tone that is highly unusual and yet essential.

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