Traversée is a two-week tightrope walking adventure born of many encounters, rather than of technical achievement. It tells the story of our connection to the earth and the sky, to each other and to ourselves. This approach suggests using the tightrope walker, the risk-taking inherent in this discipline, its symbolism of the pursuit of balance and equilibrium, its rare but universal character, to bring the public together around questions we consider essential: Being and Being together.”
Traversée is a tightrope walker performance in public space, at a great height (between 15 and 50m high over a variable length of about 100m to 200m) It can only be produced thanks to the participation of around a hundred local volunteers and the complicity of an entire neighborhood. This show combines the monumental dimension with the intimate dimension of encounters, giving us a new perspective on the living spaces, stimulating our collective imagination and bringing us together. This performance is closely linked to the places where it takes place, and is accompanied by the music of professional and amateur musicians.
It includes 2 weeks of daily presence on a territory to lead cultural actions and meetings in order to associate 50 to 150 voluntary inhabitants to the artistic creation (music, cavalettis, costumes, discovery of the wire and photos) of the spectacular tightrope walker performance.
For now, Traversée is only deployed in France.
Basinga Company / Oktopus Association
Coproduction & residencies
Eclats de Rue – Caen / La Cascade – PNC Bourg St Andéol / Le Carré Magique – PNC Bretagne / Peripheral space La Villette – Paris / Festival Les 7 Collines – St Etienne / 2 Circus hubs in Normandy : La Brèche à Cherbourg – Circus-Theater d’Elbeuf / Public spaces – CNAR Marseille / Atelier 231 – CNAR Sotteville Les Rouen / CIRCA – PNC Auch / Furies – PNC Chalons en Champagne / CREAC – PNC Marseille / Awaln’art – Morocco / City of Simorre
The Ministry of Culture: DGCA – circus creation & DRAC Occitanie circus project support / Conseil régional Occitanie / Conseil départemental du Gard / Les Monuments Nationaux / Centre National des Arts du Cirque. The company is supported in all its projects by the BNP Paribas Foundation.
Distribution (Casting) :
Tightrope walker: Tatiana-Mosio Bongonga; Musicians: Jérémy Manche or Djeyla Roz, Pascale Valenta; Conductor : Adrien Amey or Camille Secheppet; Dramaturgy-Poetry: Rémi David; Director-Exterior view: Julien Marchaisseau; Choreography: Anna Rodriguez; Costumes: Solenne Capmas; Technical: Jan Naets, Simon Pourque, Rémy Legeay, Gael Honneger, Maxime Leneyle; Production: Marie Lacoux, Manuel Rascalou, Camille Foucher; Cultural mediation: Alice Lamy.
Cultural Action to Build:
- It all starts with an invitation. The company, accompanied by local partners, meets with local residents, associations, musicians, designers, people who want to make things with their hands, their mouths, their hearts, and with the people who live there.
- Each person introduces him or herself, gets to know and talk to the others, and with these first encounters, the first workshops are launched.
- During the installation, the company’s team will propose various workshops, enabling them to meet local residents and integrate 80 to 100 people into the show, giving them a unique experience around tightrope walking.
- A good dose of freedom is given to the emotions and issues specific to this discipline, which is characterized by the taming of risk, the search for balance, self-knowledge, concentration and endurance. These initiations also provide an insight into the funambulist performance to come, touching the sensations of this discipline at close quarters.
- These workshops essentially take place in the public space in an unconvened way every day. It might also be interesting to organize some tightrope-walking workshops in a local school during the 1st week of set-up, for example.
- We invite 10 to 50 amateur musicians and/or singers to provide musical accompaniment for the show, guided by a conductor and accompanied by three Basinga musicians. The music will combine the company’s own compositions with pieces written for the occasion.
- Availability required: 3 x 3-hour workshops + dress rehearsal + performance. The choirmaster will be available in advance to talk with local musicians and facilitate mobilization.
- A number of people take part, depending on the length of the tightrope, holding the cavaletti – ropes attached to the tightrope. They serve to limit its oscillations, enabling the tightrope walker to progress. Cavalettists experience the crossing in an intense way. They play a key role in the show. Wire activities and/or cooperative games can be offered to complete the experience.
- Requested availability: 1 test walk / 1 dress rehearsal / 1 performance
- To create costumes for all the participants, the costume designer opens her studio and/or travels to other locations, so that both experienced and novice hands can participate in the creation and crafting of different elements in wool, fabric, pearls, pompoms… At each new setting, the costumes evolve and adopt new attributes created by the participants.
- These costumes also create figures/characters that run through the show.
- From the costumes created, the photographer invites local residents to create a character, choose costumes and put them on. They then embody these creatures and perform them on stage. First in an indoor studio, then in the city or in the homes of local residents.
- The photos are then distributed around the neighborhood.