creation 2009


anne lopez

hichem belhaj
gaspard guilbert
florent hamon
françois lopez
alessandro sabatini

music composed by
françois lopez

norbert lucarain and françois lopez

pierre vidry

light designer
olivier beauchet-filleau

co-productions et accueils en résidence
Théâtre de Nîmes

Centre Chorégraphique National Montpellier LR programme ReRc

with the help of
DRAC Languedoc Roussillon, Région Languedoc Roussillon, Département de l'Hérault , Ville de Montpellier

Duration : 1h


last show : the 6th of June 2014 at Blackbox Festival in Plovdiv ( Bulgaria )
premieres : 17 and 18 November 2009 at Théâtre de Nîmes








DUEL - synopsis

" In the presence of a duel, nasty and cowardly people are retained by the dangers they would have to face.
Abolishing the duel would mean giving them free rein, leaving us defenseless against their unbearable tyranny. "
Quote from Arnaud Nougarède de Fayet's "The Duel" - 1838, when duels were still common practice.

DUEL takes us on a journey into the iconic representations of duels in literature, cinema and beyond together with five artists, dancers and performers chosen to be our champions of the duel. The aim is to question the limits of body in dance within the duel and explore the role of the duel to solve conflicts. Spectators are transported into the duel as they watch the 'battle' being played out in front of their eyes.
We identify with the performers as they skillfully draw us in to their ruse. With folly and also seriousness, five dancers hatch their plans in a range of varied situations, sometimes trivial, sometimes deeply profond, sometimes hilarious. Even within the humour and emotion of the dance rigourous attention is paid to the precision of the movements, pushing the limits of creativity and innovation.

Bodies are trained in knocks, punches and feigned attacks. Blank shots, absurd challenges, looks are decided, commitment is determined: contemporary dance plays with fiction !

DUEL - press review


DUEL is an evocation of single combats through the ages handled of course with humour and mockery.
Don Quixote is not far away, the Grand Guignol either and we have a fit of the giggles during a show which hides us what lies behind this comical farce: the fact that, in the old days, a duel ended with a killing...Anne Lopez was actually inspired by duels in cinema and literature: she talks about the reasons that push people into this mortal encounter helped by the total commitment of the dancers-fighters in their own role, affecting us quite particularly because of their presence and power of acting.
Don't you think that it would be a pity to deny our pleasure ?

Jean-Marie Gourreau in critiphotodanse - 24/03/2013




press about DUEL at the Festival Black Box of Plovdiv in Bulgaria


photos Marc Coudrais



workshop training of Viet Vo Dao for DUEL's creation.
Thanks to David Lama, Fabrice Quilliot et Lionel Gelard our coachs.

press review