Near Life Experience

2003 Creation

Piece for 13 dancers
Choreography Angelin Preljocaj
Music Air (Jean-Benoît Dunckel and Nicolas Godin)
Scenography Angelin Preljocaj
In collaboration with Tom Pye
Costumes Gilles Rosier
Lighting Patrick Riou
Choreologist Dany Lévêque
Dancers Leonardo Centi, Gaëlle Chappaz, Craig Dawson, Claudia de Smet, Céline Galli, Emma Gustafsson, Alexandre Nipau, Baptiste Oberson, Nagisa Shirai, Zaratiana Randrianantenaina, Yang Wang
Coproduction Théâtre National de Marseille, la Criée, Théâtre de la Ville - Paris, Montpellier Danse Festival 2003, Festival d’Avignon, Le Groupe Partouche, Casino municipal Aix/Thermal
Duration 80min
Premiered On 02 July 2003, Le Corum, Montpellier Danse Festival

"Near Life Experience is a quest into different states of the body, states which relate to intermediary sensations. We verge on these states when we near zones which hover on the edge of existence, to which we have access in moments of fainting, during a trance, in the instant of ecstasy, or orgasm. The notion of both rapture and ravishment, of both intensely luminous sensation and the carrying off of the individual, comes close to this experience. The subject is elsewhere, carried off from himself, he is ravished.

Near Life Experience evokes all of this, an attempt to remove oneself from space and time. A sort of eclipse of the self, a quest through this imaginary amnios ? a new expression in the space left by the body."

Angelin Preljocaj