© Éric Minh Cuong Castaing / Victor Zébo / Cie Shonen, 2021
© Éric Minh Cuong Castaing / Victor Zébo / Cie Shonen, 2021 


10/12/2021 - 27/02/2022

Le Bal 
6, impasse de la Défense 
75018 Paris


At the crossroads of choreography and caregiving, life form(s) by Eric Minh Cuong Castaing puts on stage bodies with disabilities, to which he offers the means to reappropriate, for a time, the movements and gestures of which they have been deprived.
It was in 2019 that Éric Minh Cuong Castaing completed a first stage of work with the residents of La Maison de Gardanne, a palliative care centre for patients at end of life. These included Kamal, a former boxer who had suffered a cerebrovascular accident, as well as Annie, Martial, Bruno, and Soizic, all four afflicted with a neurodegenerative disease. Later on, through the Festival de Marseille, he met Élise, a dancer with Parkinson’s disease, who was incorporated into the project. Along with Marine Relinger (playwright), Aloun Marchal (co-choreographer), and the dancers Nans Pierson, Yumiko Funaya, Yoshiko Kinoshita and Jeanne Colin, Éric Minh Cuong Castaing has imagined a set of “choreographic situations”: scores adapted to the particular bodies of the participants and written on the basis of their own narratives and singularities.