Michel Schweizer Bordeaux

Bleib Opus#3

Michel Schweizer attended the Conservatory of Bordeaux in Dramatic Art and studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts (Fine Arts School) in Bordeaux. He embarked on multiple experiences in the fields of art and contemporary dance in the 80s, a vigorous period of development and visibility, first as a solo-artist, then in collaborations. After the abrupt end of the long collaboration with the choreographer Isabelle Lasserre (1986-1994), he undergoes a violent existential crisis during which he is tempted to finish with all artistic undertakings.

Notwithstanding, in 1995, together with Sèverine Garat, he creates La Coma. Based in Aquitaine, La Coma has the goal to cover a diversity of artistic practices with the intention of redefining the notion of ‘profit' and, in the current deleterious social climate, takes an attitude of political resistance, as it could not consider doing otherwise. 

Unclassifiable, although considered a choreographer, Michel Schweizer proposes creations in which theatrical scenes, contemporary art and a certain version of the ‘business company' come together. His off-keel statements present a social and human reality that pessimistically admits the inadmissible: that cultural institutions and works of art are merely a question of 'business'. He carefully avoids working with professional actors or dancers and calls his interpreters ‘service providers' which he ‘dis-locates' as he works with professional boxers, cabaret singers or dog trainers, etc. He designates himself a ‘manager'.

Since 2005, Schweizer is associate artist at Espace Malraux. He has also been appointed associated artist at Le Cuvier in Artigues-près-Bourdeaux for three years (2008-2010).

BLEIB Opus #3 is stimulating theatre for the mind and senses. Five dogs, their trainers, a philosopher, a psychologist, a former legionnaire, a dancer and an actor: an inconceivable combination on stage? In the hands of choreographer Michel Schweizer, the cast delivers an unusual, almost menacing tension. Whilst thinking along the lines of important social issues, it's impossible for you as a member of the audience to escape for even a moment from the physical presence of the dogs. Will they break away?

NXTSTP partners: steirischer herbst (Graz), De Internationale Keuze van de Rotterdamse Schouwburg (Rotterdam)