In its twelfth edition, NeufNeuf, a contemporary dance festival run by Cie Samuel Mathieu, presents seventeen performances in Toulouse and the region.
How do you see this festival that you have been inventing for twelve copies?
Samuel Matthew Initially held in the south of Toulouse, this small festival is becoming more and more important and, in all humility, occupies an important place on the national territory. Today many companies arrive from the four corners of France and also from abroad. So, we’re really into an event that fits into the French dance scene.
The substantive work done during all these years is paying off…
Yes, the festival was totally spotted, both by the profession and by the public. Is there still a festival with a program created with the idea of being open to creating and highlighting what might happen during the health crisis, and the work that has been done over the past two years? To say that the creators and artists were there, anyway to show their work.
When we look at the program, we see that there is a lot to do!
Yes ! Our goal is to show something new and to show creativity and that we are able to support artists despite the difficulties. And even in unexpected places that are at the same time important, heritage but also devoid of artistic meaning, that is, the introduction of dance in places where it is not particularly expected.
A very special effort is put into co-production and artist residencies…
We created the Plateforme project in 2015, our idea was to support artists in co-production, in residence and publishing to break them up on a plot and whether or not they use these right places, places that might suit them to rehearse and work, and to integrate them into society. And so we find ourselves today with eight artistic teams supported in co-production. I insist on it because it is important. To make an offer, you need money and we make it happen thanks to the mobilization of the Regional Directorate for Cultural Affairs (DRAC), the Occitanie Region and the Haute-Garonne Provincial Council. And so we were able to do it and we’re proud of it because it’s not really bad. We’re not getting huge savings but we’re trying to respect that thing anyway in this dynamic choreography and co-production.
For more than 15 days, the NeufNeuf Festival publishes no less than 17 performances, including seven creations presented at “Premier Shows”, three workshop retrospectives, and a conference (Mon From 8 am to 7 pm at the Place de la Danse with Sandrine Maisonneuve) and professional meetings in Toulouse and in the department. So this week comes Wednesday 10 (8:30 p.m.) at Halle de la poulaille de Carbonne, “Que du bonheur (?)” followed by “VACA” (premiere show), Thursday 11 at 2 p.m. at Peyssies Retail , “Video Club – unloaded”, Friday 12 8:30 p.m. at the Mazades Cultural Center, “Fin et suite”; Friday 12 and Saturday 13 at 6 p.m. in the ring, “Mr Splitfoot”, (premiere) Saturday 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mazades Cultural Center, “Black / White / Opus2” (premiere), 5 p.m. at Moulin de Rieux- Volvestre, “Nuit et jour” (premiere show), 8:30 p.m. at the Grainerie (Balma), “Le Chant du vertige” (premiere) and Sunday 14 at 5 p.m. at L’Escale (Tournefeuille), “Mandala / reverse”
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