~ Shows on the water ~
Water, from the lake to the river, the dock to the beach, ingites the pleasures of horizons and spaces. Rivers, lakes, seas and ports are, like deep forests, our reservoirs of the imaginary. Virgin scenes, these water surfaces open to unconstructed breathings and carry the city dweller to the edge of the social jungle.
With waters, all mythologies are already there, in each; but the future beckons also, from the surf to the laked city, from new energy sources to fears of shortages, from deluge to requesting waters from elsewhere. In our practices, water is a new field of contemporary theatre experience, exuberant in the energy of a primordial element.
The Extraordinary Journey
A surrealist aquatic show
Here the water becomes aquatic carnival, with unimaginable scenes, surreal, grotesque and poignant... The word is bowled
Grand aquatic show
A street, a car, a palace, princes and migrants, people of little means, all populate this modern fairy tale lost in the reflections of a fire-lit sky...
Nocturnal Break In
Tragicomedy of dissolution
NEW CREATION - 2019
The actors are of light and fire, their machines are underwater and floating islands, cages and animals, flowers and boulders.
Little Floating Stories
Insulars, we know them, there are 6 billon on earth, and each creates his island to his image and within his capacities and rites. All of these islands intermingle here in their differences and their paradoxes...
~ STREET PERFORMANCES ~
ilotopie aime inscrire le théâtre au coeur social de la ville, l’infiltrer dans l’urbanité, le brasser avec de nouveaux publics.
Notre répertoire est le quotidien : manger (« La recette des corps perdus),
travailler (« La Mousse en Cage »), chercher la liberté (« Les Gens de Couleur »).
Lost Bodies Formula
As we have all observed, we are witnessing social unravelling and looking out for the beasts that already lurk: our world is devouring and we participate largely to this.
Visual and corrosive spectacle
Take 5 actors and 1000 liters of polyurethane foam. Mix the whole to music, in 5 individual cages. Let drip-dry for 2 hours!
Very alive, mobile and spectacular show
People of color wander in the city, greatening the image of man by their apparent freedom. People stop, cars stop, architecture becomes grey and naked.
~ Specific Creations ~
Special events, public relations, thematic development, pre-shows…
The ilotopie company adores inventive adventures where constraints meet creation for unexpected audiences. We are always interested by new adventures. You can contact us to share other projects, new utopias. We study all projects and all possibilities to invent new voyages with you, your audiences and your landscapes.
Valuation of the social sphere
Marseille, PLM - Palace with Moderate Rent
A week of festivities in a stunning five-star palace in ‘La Castellane’, in the northern neighborhood of Marseille... An event!
Artistic course for motorist-spectator
Port Saint Louis, Route to the sea
This journey-spectacle offers 7 kilometers of viewpoints, extraordinary and paradoxical proposals, connecting the city to the beach.
Museums and performing arts
Aix en Provence, Istres... Museum Night
The cellars of the Archaeological Museum of Istres welcomed "ilotopie downstairs" for a very attentive and very local public.
Landscape-show on the river
Tours, Jour de Loire
A world heritage river in which to be awash for 4 days, the pleasures of landscapes with the emotion and poetry of a spectacle. May-June 2003
Celebration of the year of Gaudí
Celebration of the year of Gaudi at the Park Güell in Barcelona with 30 fully alive and convivial artistic proposals
Staging of an industrial site
Étang de Berre, EDF hydro-electric plant
Spectacle proposed in the context of the World Water Forum themed "harmonizing water and energy”.
Water show in heart of the city
water show / The Noctibules, Annecy
Water passing under bridges, becomes at night the black blood of the city, speckled with stars
Storytelling for a new car launch
Turin, premier of the new fiat 500
Turin, Italy 2007 – a retrospective of the Italian dream from the 1950s’ to the present day, a prelude to the world premiere of the new Fiat 500 in Turin...
Grand aquatic parade
Adana / Turkey, opening of the festival
The Turkish Ministry of Culture organizes a theatre festival in Adana...
Martigues, city Carnival
For three years, the ilotopie company accompanied the Martigues Carnival. Our field experience allowed us to implement a dynamic interface with the ensemble of the partners and residents.
Staging of historical heritage
500 years of the tower Belem
Portugal has slid its adventure between sky and water, seas and land. 500 years of major crossings to democracy
Opening of the Carnival of Venice
Opening of the carnival 2013
Between two bridges, between two quays, between two characters, between water and night. This is «Metamorphosis Aquaticae», the ilotopie nautical parade between three arches...
~ URBAN AND LANDSCAPE TOYS ~
The most beautiful encounters have their accessories, in the city or in the countryside; a public bench, flowers…and when thousands of people get together, ilotopie offers ‘full-scale accessories’.
An invitation to acting-out for some, thresholds to elsewhere for others, these urban toys for water or asphalt, interactive, evolving, or alive, intrigue the passers-by and the motorist by their meaning, their nature and their mode of operation.
The calibrator labyrinth
90 square meters of labyrinth for children and adults
90 square meters of labyrinth for children and adults
Small amphitheater at the waters’ edge finding balance between orator and spectators
Great floating stage
A petal-kiosk, with its mobile flower-arms, is a stationary or floating element, which can accommodate actors, dancers or music performances, and even solo speakers on an educational theme.
Big ears punctuate a square, a park, prompting passers-by to sit in their hollow, to listen to anecdotes and stories.
Does water have a thread? Is this thread - to catch the water? And skimming the surface, is this the narcissus the Greeks were talking about?
An installation of great solar and aquatic divinities
This installation on water consecrates the rise of myths: five aquatic deities present in different waters of the planet emerge gently from the surface to appear as huge double-faced heads.
~ Since 40 years... ~
Here, the grotesque fable of a drifting society are inhabited by a ballerina, an old child, perched horses, a clown, train employees, a fairy, and a light-filled death wooing soldiers, at the feet of a clepsydra of traveler rats.
This event, carried by strong vocal and musical creation, navigates in a squeaky childhood amidst toy characters that don’t stand long against the disenchantment test of time our world deals us. Roles gradually disintegrate in incongruity and farce: as wills our world, maturity remains inaccessible.
Baroque opera, somewhat misguided, derailed in grand splashings, in fractures, joys and unexpected tomorrows; of the opera, we’ve kept only the essentials: water and rats.
On our shared planet, waters will rise and waters will lack. In this hard-truth paradox, ilotopie creates » Splash Opera », a new aquatic show already performed 10 times in South Korea, before more than 100,000 spectators.
COMING OUT OF THE KITCHEN
A newly created street theatre will be presented through international tours
It is formed from parts of two lively companies; 4 members of the Ilotopie from Europe and 4 members of the Homo-Ludens from Asia. They have had a successful union for about 9-10 weeks, whilst preserving each own identity.
The recipe is so successful that no sauce is needed for this dish, which will be served hot on the street of urban environment, in front of a lively crowd. This assorted dish will be served in France in 2006, throughout beautiful months of June, July and August, and also tasted in South Korea in the quiet of September and October, before touring internationally.
This production presenting in the heart of street will give audience an opportunity to appreciate intensive and constructive forces of different cultures. Let’s change our keys !
Artistic actions for 9 days and 9 nights
Dancers, Circassians (du cirque ou du caucase?), musicians and actors will thus, day after night, reinvent their existence in the midst of our society, with the passers-by, inhabitants, children and spectators.
CoNFINES, a derision of the Sisyphean myth, offers, at last, an opportunity to live a true communal link, so that the street remains a forum, a show and a celebration.
Show for still water
It’s at night, standing on the water, that these eight floating mobile actors will agitate the phantoms of a blinding social narcissism: individuals euphoric in self-adulation, echoes of influence, clones in transparency, buffoons of appearance, man-imago, homo-logos….
ilotopie explores here the construction of the individual via the myth of Narcissus, searching how in our society all our bits of self still seek unicity. The original Narcissus, sterile, with no descendants, inaccessible to himself, succeeds at present in multiplying and virtualizing himself: the history of his evolution is in complicity with the advent of the imperialism of the image. Narcissus, organ in the representation of the “selves”, diffuses as we speak to the millions.
Poetic spectacle delivered as a large choreographed fresco, searching in the waters the origins of theater.
The meal as ritual, and personalized access to food are on the pleasures menu !
“Here is a game of actors, like one would say of a game of cards.”
Menu Pleasures is born of a desire for proximity to the public, very close proximity. It is a theater of proximity “truly carried” by the actors and designed to rush into pre-existing architectures: the characters seep into places and passages in order to morph spaces and functions; and then comedians, actors, dancers, musicians and performers invite the public to use of these ephemeral utopias.
Woodland clearing, The Orient Express, The farmhouse courtyard...
A bus radically transformed makes its rounds throught the city and offer the everyday users a part of dream, an other point of view in their routine, a convivial pretext for encounters, to wonder about reality…