Based on Dans la solitude des champs de coton by Bernard-Marie Koltès

Si vous fuyiez, je vous suivrais; si vous tombiez sous mes coups, je resterais auprès de vous pour votre réveil; et si vous décidiez de ne pas vous réveiller, je resterais à côté de vous, dans votre sommeil, dans votre inconscience, au-delà. Pourtant, je ne souhaite pas me battre contre vous.
Dans la solitude des champs de coton
Bernard-Marie Koltès

If you were to flee, I would follow you; if you were to fall under blows from me, I would stay by you till you woke; and if you were to choose not to wake, I’d stay by your side, in your sleep, in your unconscious, and beyond. But I don’t want to fight you.
In the solitude of cotton fields
Bernard-Marie Koltès

In this dance duet, loosely based on the play Dans la solitude des champs de coton (In the solitude of cotton fields) by Bernard-Marie Koltès, Christian and François Ben Aïm confront writing with dance, exploring the shifts from word to gesture, movement to language. The piece recounts a nocturnal encounter between two characters who, engaged in an ambiguous power struggle, compete verbally until they exhaust language, and silence descends before the inevitable battle commences. It reveals a moving masculine duality that is in constant flux, and that tests our humanity to the limit through our relationship with the other. A physical interpretation of the text that moves between adversity and fraternity.


Artistic team and partners

Choreography and performance : Christian and François Ben Aïm

Set design : Pierre-Antoine Thierry

Music : Jean Charles Versari

Lights : Laurent Patissier

Costumes : Anne Laval

Production : CFB 451

Coproduction : Espace Lino-Ventura – Torcy

Artistic project support : DRAC Île-de-France

Support : Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans – Josef Nadj