As he swam, he pursued a sort of revery in which he confused himself with the sea. The intoxication of leaving himself, of slipping into the void, of disersing himself in the thought of water, made him forget every discomfort.
Maurice Blanchot, Thomas l’obscur, 1941, Paris, Gallimard

Glottis takes place within a glottis or in the depths of a grotto, in ancestral times, during prehistory, or in future times, after the story. Three characters – blind visionaries, shamans under hypnosis, or down-to earth somnambulists indulge in mysterious practices. In a form of a concert dance disturbingly resembling a fantastic prophecy, they are having a discussion with a range of invisible forces. As an oneiric immersion into the meanders of the magic and of the unconscious, Glottis celebrates the dark forces.

The trio Glottis is a continuation of my research from previous works – it is an investigation of the voice within the frame of choreography. This time, I’m exploring, the supernatural dimensions of the voice. How does it communicate inside the body with our unconscious and our imagination? How does it connect to invisible and fantastic beings?

Concept: Flora Détraz
with the performers:
Mathilde Bonicel, Yaw Tembe and Flora Détraz
Light design: Eduardo Abdala
Sound design: Guillaume Vesin
Set: Camille Lacroix
with the collaboration of Victor Melchy and Frédéric Pavageau to build the furnitures
Costumes: Clara Ognibene
External eye: Agnès Potié
Production: PLI
International distribution: Key Performance

Co-production: Alkantara / Lisbon (PT), Le Gymnase-CDCN / Roubaix (FR), Scène nationale 61 / Alençon (FR), Le Phare – Centre chorégraphique national – direction Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh / Le Havre (FR), Pact-Zollverein / Essen (DE), December Dance & Danz in Brugge / Bruges (BE), Théâtre Cinéma de Choisy-Le-Roi / Choisy-Le-Roi (FR), Espaces Pluriels / Pau (FR), La Briqueterie CDCN / Vitry-sur-Seine (FR), Theater Freiburg / Freiburg (DE), A Oficina / Guimaraes (PT)
Residency support: O espaço do tempo / Montemor-o-novo (PT), Teatro Rivoli / Porto (PT)
Financial support:
Région Normandie, Drac Normandie, Département de l’Orne
with the special and long-term support of Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen Normandie

Photo by Camille Lacroix