“The body is the refuge of the mind. It is physical and palpable, it is alive, conceived as a will to report back to the real. It refers to a reality accessible. The spirit uses more finesse. More symbolic, it breaks with the visual and makes call to the virtual. It grants more importance to the metaphysical, it is abstract and connected with nothingness.”
Adonis composes each of his creations from situations seen or lived. In his previous solo, Looser, the artist questioned the place that each of us occupies within a group. For Spirit, the choreographer took the dichotomy that sometimes exists between body and mind: the disease. What happens when the body is no longer aware of the pain of the mind and of the reality of its condition? This leads to a broader research on the birth of movement: Is a gesture the same if it is realised consciously or spontaneously? What happens when the body dominates the mind, or vice versa? In this solo, Adonis reflects on the two fundamental elements that cannot be dissociated of the human being. He also embarks on a quest of externalisation and reconciliation. Nudity summoned at the beginning and at the end of the show exposes the body while revealing the fragility of being. The dancer induces a relationship of intimacy, while generating – paradoxically – discomfort and empathy.
In Spirit, the body is in contradiction with itself, torn apart, prisoner in an internal conflict whose space is the echo. The scenography, made of strips of fabrics clinging to ropes, evokes at the same time clothes that dry under the sun (Africans with the beauty of their warm colours), but also shreds of disappearance and chaos, even suggesting the massacres of which Africa has often been the victim. At the same time, a labyrinth inside, doors and bars of prisons, scenography structures the plateau, serving as a support or an obstacle to the moving body. It evokes a mental landscape open and complex.
Born in Burkina Faso, Adonis Nébié gained a reputation as an energetic, fast and fluid dancer. Beyond his commitment as an interpreter and his approach as a choreographer, Adonis is involved in the transmission of knowledge. He regularly gives and facilitates trainings and workshops in Africa and internationally. For more see Blood/Brothers.