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Cie. Philippe Saire

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Black Out

Choreography: Philippe Saire
In collaboration with the dancers:

Philippe Chosson, Maëlle Desclaux, Jonathan Schatz
Dramatist: Roberto Fratini Serafide
Stage design & lights: Philippe Saire
Costumes: Tania D’Ambrogio

Dancers on tour: Maëlle Desclaux, Benjamin Kahn, Mickaël Henrotay Delaunay

Set and lighting consultants: Sylvie Kleiber, Laurent Junod
Sound design: Stéphane Vecchione
ecchnical director: Yann Serez (creation), Vincent Scalbert (tour)
Lights: Yan Godat or Pascal Di Mito or Joran Hegi

Sound: Jérémy Conne
Graphic design & photography: Philippe Weissbrodt
Video recording & teaser: Pierre-Yves Borgeaud

Administration & PR: Valérie Niederoest

Promotion & tour management: Gábor Varga

Julien Burri, L’Hebdo, Switzerland

Somewhere between dance, performance and graphic art, this dark piece presents a very unusual set that is putting the spectators above the dancers. A strong and intimate experience.

We watch, from above, as thousands of black granulated fragments transform the dancers’ world into a moving, pictorial composition, that jars as it shifts in response to the light, sound, and movement. We watch a work in progress, displaying dark images that touch the intimate sphere and the shadowy part in each of us.

Black out has celebrated its 100th show in Beyreuth in 2014 and carries on with dense touring around the world.

The transition from light to darkness, from life to death, from oil slick to raining ashes… Philippe Saire’s Black Out is a masterstroke that is watched from above: a moving picture of light, muscle and rubber dust. 

Julien Burri, L’Hebdo, Switzerland


Black Out gets the support of: Ville de Lausanne, Canton de Vaud, Pro Helvetia – Fondation suisse pour la culture, Loterie Romande, Fondation de Famille Sandoz, Corodis, Pour-cent culturel Migros, Fondation SIS, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, Sixt.

The Compagnie Philippe Saire

From its formation in1986 The Compagnie Philippe Saire has produced 31 shows to date, with more than 1,000 performances in 180 towns and cities across Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and America.

The Company also performs regularly at exhibitions and art galleries, in gardens, urban spaces and other outdoor venues. From 2002 to 2012, the Cartographies project, which combines performances and video production, has born witness to Saire’s constant desire to get dance out of the interior performing space. The 11 in situ choreographies, filmed by 9 producers from French-speaking Switzerland, including Lionel Baier, Fernand Melgar, Bruno Deville, Pierre-Yves Borgeaud and Philippe Saire himself, were released in 2013 as a book-DVD-collection and are often screened in festivals.

The same taste for experimentation also led to Black Out in 2011 – a choreography that unfolds inside a square, while a limited number of spectators look on from above.

Philippe Saire

Swiss choreographer Philippe Saire was born in Algeria and spent the first five years of his life there. He later moved to Lausanne where he studied and trained in contemporary dance before going abroad – including a spell in Paris – to pursue his training.

In 1986, he created his own company in the region of Lausanne, Switzerland, which went on to develop its own creative repertoire and actively contributed to the emergence of contemporary dance throughout Switzerland. 

In 1995, the Compagnie Philippe Saire inaugurated its own creative workspace, the Théâtre Sévelin 36. Located in Lausanne, the theatre is dedicated to contemporary dance and hosts performances of international stature, as well as local dance acts, in a bid to help promote local companies. Théâtre Sévelin 36 is the laureate of the “Prix spécial de danse 2013” awarded by the Office fédéral de la culture. In 1998, Philippe Saire was awarded the “Grand Prix” by the Fondation vaudoise pour la promotion et la création artistiques. That same year, he won the “Prix d’auteur” of the Conseil général de Seine-Saint-Denis (France), at the Sixth International Choreographic Meeting, for his piece Étude sur la Légèreté. And in 2004, ProTanz Zurich awarded him the “Swiss dance and choreography” prize.

From 2003 onwards, Philippe Saire taught movement at the Manufacture – an advanced theatre school in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.