underwear © Fanny de Chaillé

Underwear

A choreographic play for 8 male interpreters by Fanny de Chaillé
With Jérôme Andrieu, Gaëtan Bulourde, Boris Charmatz, Matthieu Doze, Christophe Ives, Rachid Ouramdane, Maxime Rigobert, Christian Rizzo
Lights Caty Olive

Underwear was created in June 2003 in the context of the festival Les Inaccoutumés 15 at la Ménagerie de Verre.

Production Association Display


The parade or show of any kind (military, fashion, demonstration), generates a spectacular form. As an orchestrator of bodies, it is a mode of presentation, of performance involving a succession of people moving in a line.

The choreographic project Underwear aims to take back and work on this spectacular form that is the parade, especially the fashion show, to bring up the issues of cross-representation and exposure of the body.
It incorporates the attributes of a true fashion show – setting (podium, public face to face), lighting, music (with a live DJ-set) – but also examines the relationship and works on the relation between body and clothing.

The project Underwear adopts a critical position towards what is at stake in the parade. Unlike the fashion show, clothing is no longer the subject here. By appropriating itself the form of the parade, and through the use of generic clothing (jeans, t-shirt), Underwear examines the presence of the body in its multiplicity. The body of the standard model is replaced by that of the male choreographer/ performer.

Through this proposition, Underwear asserts the multiplicity of bodies and allows every individual to affirm the unity of action through his/her history of the movement – his/her dance – and thus his/ her singularity. What is at stake in Underwear is the affirmation of the body as being the subject.