15 to 17 July – 19:15
Saint-Chamand / Avignon
Tram drivers who dance with teenagers from Saint-Chamand district, football players dressed in the costumes of the Opera, a designer who sings his neighborhood: the choreographer Julie Desprairies stages the tram route in Avignon. “Désormais si proches” (Now so close) is the work in progress of a choreographic project in situ around the upcoming tram. A new urban connection, intra, extramural, questioned by its actors.
On the eastern outskirts of Avignon, a few hundred meters from the Intra-Muros, stands one of the poorest districts in France, with a per capita income lower than the northern districts of Marseille, and nearly 75% of jobseekers in young people. In addition to this heavy socio-economic situation, there is a geographical isolation between the ring road, the railway and the shopping center, which creates a heavy burden for its inhabitants, in the immediate vicinity of one of the most important cultural events in Europe.
After the launch of several programs with the social center between 2008 and 2012 including a critical web TV and a professionalization of young people to digital tools, La Manufacture launched the “Oxygen” program in 2018 to place culture at the heart of this neighborhood. mutation, and to position the Festival in Saint-Chamand (20,000 spectators in 2018 at the Ice Rink and the Castle) as the pivotal moment of a territory action year-round. It installs its offices at the beginning of 2019.
For 20 years, Julie Desprairies has been creating in situ projects for architecture, city and landscape. Based on the history and uses of buildings and neighborhoods, she involves inhabitants and users of spaces and stages them. She aims to “reveal the movement of places”.
Casting: Inhabitants and associative activists of the Saint-Chamand district, staff of the TCRA and the Avignon-Provence Regional Orchestra, Elise Ladoué Scenography, costumes Melina Faka, in partnership with the costumes fund of the Opera Grand Avignon Producer: Julie Charrier La Manufacture / collective contemporain, CPPC, in partnership with the Opera Grand Avignon, the Avignon-Provence Regional Orchestra and the TCRA, with the support of the City Contract, Anru, Mistral habitat, Grand Delta Habitat. Co-production: Compagnie des Prairies La Compagnie des prairies is supported by the Ministry of Culture – DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes as a support to the structuring of dance companies. Julie Desprairies is associate artist at the Théâtre Brétigny, Scène conventionnée art and creation. Administration, production and distribution La Magnanerie