Pour Ethan

Conceiving a miniature world for a body slightly oversized for its environment. Or going the opposite way. Changing scales, juxtaposing seemingly inadequate dimensions for contrasting effect. Acting, basically. The body of a child, of a young man, sets the stage. Does this body aim to fill a void or let the apparent vastness of space act?

The dancer’s name is Ethan. He is 16. I’ve known him for over 6 years. I saw him dancing and heard him singing. He moved me. He has the fragility and innocence of young people of his age combined with the power of a horse firmly anchored in the ground.

A set designed in collaboration with artist Constantin Alexandrakis will provide a dream-like setting. Together we will craft an environment from a confetti shower that he has a unique talent for. I was ecstatic about Constantin’s work a couple of years ago. He designs his installations with human scale in mind. Back in 2008, we planned to work on a structure, a kind of swivel arm that could lift a ceiling up and down. And so we worked on space reduction or expansion. Altering dimensions to restrain or let a body loose, these principles are at work for Ethan.

  • Mickaël Phelippeau

The premiere took place on march 18th 2014 at Le Quartz, scène nationale de Brest, in the frame of festival DañsFabrik

a choreographic piece by Mickaël Phelippeau

performance Ethan Cabon

scenography Constantin Alexandrakis

light Anthony Merlaud

production, distribution, administration Fabrik Cassiopée – Manon Crochemore, Manon Joly and Isabelle Morel

acknowledgments Mauricette Bernier-Pelleter, Eve Cabon, Hervé Cabon, Maud Cabon, Chloé Ferrand, Denise Morin, Florent Nicoud, Huguette Prigent, Jean-Claude Prigent


executive producer association bi-p
coproduction Théâtre Brétigny, Scène conventionnée du Val d’Orge, À DOMICILE, résidence d’artiste, Guissény.
with the support of Quartz, Scène nationale de Brest


photo credits Mickaël Phelippeau & Alain Monot

Creation 2014

2013
À DOMICILE 2013 – Guissény, FR - work in progress
Honolulu – Nantes, FR - work in progress
Le Volapük - Tours, FR - work in progress

2014
Le Quartz - scène nationale de Brest, in the frame of festival DañsFabrik, FR - premiere
Fabrik Potsdam, in the frame of Tanztage Festival, DE
Parc Jean-Jacques Rousseau, in the frame of Festival des Fabriques - Ermenonville, FR
Festival d'Avignon OFF, Théâtre de la Parenthèse in the frame of la Belle Seine Saint Denis, FR
TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL, Hanovre, DE
L’échangeur – CDCN Hauts-de-France, FR
L’Arvorik, Lesneven, FR
Théâtre Brétigny, scène conventionnée du Val d’Orge, FR
L’Hectare, scène conventionnée de Vendôme, FR

2015
Maison de la Musique de Nanterre, FR
Künstlerische Leitung Tanz, Theater Freiburg, DE
Très tôt théâtre, Quimper, FR
Auditorium de Coulanges, Gonesse, FR
Le TAP, scène nationale de Poitiers, Poitiers, FR
CCN de Tours, co-accueil avec La Pleiade, Tours, FR
Pas Sage le Festival - Itinéraires Bis, Loudéac, FR
Tanz Theater Tage Heilbronn, DE
Scène nationale d'Aubusson, Aubusson, FR
Festival Pessac en scènes, Pessac, FR

2016
L'Onde, Théâtre Centre d'art, Vélizy-Villacoubaly, FR
LE ZEF, scène nationale à Marseille, FR
Théâtres d'Arles, scène conventionnée pour les nouvelles écritures, FR
humain Trop humain, CDN de Montpellier, FR
Multiplié Danse Festival, Trondheim, NO
Le Quartz, scène nationale de Brest, FR
Centre Chorégraphique National d'Orléans in collaboration with la Scène nationale d'Orléans, FR