The « Grand-mother project » has started in 2006 with cultural actions. Little by little, it has grown to become an actual artistic production project that will be reactivated in 2018.
« J’avais pourtant des rêves, maman » (However I had dreams, mum) is a research project about the gesture of carrying and what it means with elderly people whom Alexandre Fray meets. Taking the time to meet, to relate to each other, to listen a lot, create an atmosphere favourable to confidence and connection, and therefore be able to evolve towards a common physical work later. It is out of the question to rush the relationship. It is about finding intimacy, imbued with a great delicacy. You cannot suddenly find yourself holding up a stranger, abandoning yourself in the arms of someone without this particular attention.
The idea is then to bring people in the world of hand to hand balancing, where intimacy and the relationship to the other prevail. Going as far as possible, gently, with each one, listening to their fears, to their desires… To see what can be weaved in these extraordinary moments, where you accept for the first time to be lifted off the ground. Be attentive to the emotion blossoming out of this work.
Grand mère © Florence Joubert
Grand mère © Miriam Kooyman
Team and partners
Alexandre Fray : acrobat, base, leader of the project
Cathy Blisson : writer, collects speeches
Miriam Kooyman : artistic coordination, organisation of photo and video material
Production : Un loup pour l’Homme
Partners coproduction :
CYCLE 1 – Théâtre d’Arles – scène conventionnée pour les nouvelles écritures, Houdremont – scène conventionnée – La Courneuve (93), Le Manège Scène nationale de Reims, CG92/Théâtre Firmin Gémier La Piscine Antony, Le Sirque Pôle National des Arts du cirque de Nexon
CYCLE 2 – Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf, Pôle national des arts du cirque – Normandie (76), Lavrar o Mar, Aljezur (Portugal), Ay Roop Scène de territoire pour les arts de la piste (Rennes – 35)