Dance materialised and material that dances...

Photo - Eric Boudet
Photo - Eric Boudet

Photo - Daniel Aimé
Photo - Daniel Aimé

Photo - Christophe Aubry
Photo - Christophe Aubry

Photo - Eric Boudet
Photo - Eric Boudet


Inspired by the work of Etienne-Jules Marey on mouvements in air.


Des cailloux sous la peau is the journey of a strange traveller crossing mysterious lands, hypnotic lands, but lands also dotted with unexpected smiles. He meets characters who dance with  sand, with smoke, light, visual images and sounds; in a choreography where they themselves sometimes take second place.

The vibrations and the suspensions which result from this mix give rise to alternative worlds, alternative visions which confront reality. At the heart of this meeting between bodies and the material world, a choreography is created which is touched with wonder.

This production also exists in the form of an « ambulatory performance », the organization and duration of which are fixed in concertation with the hosts. The spectators proceed through an interior or exterior environment rendered strange by unusual manifestations. They stop a while to observe sand flowing, visual images taking flight, people dancing.

Conception : Bruno Pradet

Choreography & performance :  Céline Debyser, Nathalie Galoppin, Bruno Pradet, Christophe Brombin

Lights creation : Vincent Toppino

Sound engineering : Yoann Sanson

Sound creation : Nicolas Stimbre and Yoann Sanson

Artistic advices : Olivier Papot

Scenography : Dr Prout

Painting : Ibrahim Hussein

Bibliographic inspiration : Mouvements de l’air - Etienne-Jules Marey, photographe des fluides - Georges Didi-Huberman and Laurent Mannoni

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Supports : Pacifique|CDC Grenoble (accueil studio), MJC de Rodez, Périscope à Nîmes, Théâtre de la maison du peuple à Millau, Réseau en scène Languedoc-Roussillon, Mission Départementale de la Culture en Aveyron, Hérault Diffusion, Adami

Thanks : les Hivernales – CDC Avignon, Théâtre Albarède à Ganges, Eric Clément, Laurent Albouy

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The Vilcanota company is supported by DRAC (french ministry of culture), Région Occitanie, Hérault department and Montpellier city.