Julie, entre autres / Julie, amongst others

A tragi-musical comedy

After « D’après J.-C.” (2004) and “Dalila et Samson, par exemple” (2006), Herman Diephuis continues to investigate in this project our cultural images, questioning a theme which is recurrent throughout art : the human condition. This new piece draws freely from the 1960’s blockbuster Hollywood musical comedy “The sound of music” by Robert Wise.

The film tells the story of a young Austrian governess, “Maria” played by Julie Andrews, and offers a sweetened vision of life just at the moment of the Nazi invasion of Austria.

A roaring success, the film’s songs continue to be re-made over and over.
The character of Julie Andrews / Maria is the central element of Diephuis’ piece and is interpreted by six performers who convey her enthusiasm, her buoyancy and her unfailing confidence in humanity. The film’s songs, in all their versions throughout the years, create the piece’s dramaturgy of this character played by six voices and six bodies. Confronted with these various musical genres and interpretations, and their accompanying socio-historic contexts, the character of Julie Andrews evolves, transforms through the life of the piece.
How do these transformations shape the bodies and voices of the six Julies ? What remains of her enthusiasm and charm, and how will her character resonate in today’s world ?


A piece for 6 dancers
Conception, choreography and set : Herman Diephuis
Performed by and created in collaboration with : Jerôme Andrieu, Trisha Bauman, Julien Gallée-Ferré, Claire Haenni, Christophe Ives et Dalila Khatir

Lights : Sylvie Mélis
Sound : Olivier Renouf
Stage : Sam Mary
Sound manager : Alexis Meier
Thanks : Didier Despin, Maud Le Pladec

Administration - booking : Bureau Cassiopée

Length : 1h10

Coproduction :
Le Manège de Reims-Scène Nationale, Centre Pompidou Les Spectacles Vivants – Paris, Centre Chorégraphique National of Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon-programme ReRc, Arcadi (Action régionale pour la création artistique et la diffusion en Ile-de-France), Dance webeurope
With the support of the DRAC Ile de France – Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication and the Association Beaumarchais.
With the help of Centre Chorégraphique National of Franche-Comté in Belfort
Thanks Césaré, centre National de Création Musicale

The company was in residency for the rehearsals at la Ménagerie de Verre within the framework of Studiolab, at le Manège de Reims, at the CCN of Montpellier Languedoc Roussilon and at the CCN of Franche-Comté in Belfort.

Herman Diephuis is a resident artist at le Manège de Reims.

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