Passages, by Noé Soulier – Settings by Jean Paul Riopelle

20/07/2023 19:30

The 20th and 21st of July 2023

From 7:30 PM: free visit of the exhibition “Jean Paul Riopelle – Essence of studios”.

8 PM : the performance beggins

Fee: 24€

Non-transferable, non-refundable.


Summer 2023 marks the return of dance to the Fondation Maeght. In July, choreographer Noé Soulier presents a dance creation in the sets imagined in 1967 by Riopelle for Merce Cunningham and produced for the first time on the occasion of the exhibition “Jean Paul Riopelle – Essence of studios”. On July 20th and 21st, the ensemble of courtyard-landscape-paintings becomes the unique setting for the piece “Passages”, presented in the Giacometti Courtyard and the Miró Labyrinth.

Passages is a nomadic project that traverses multiple locations. The movement sequences are predetermined, but the choreography is constructed within and for each specific place. It enters into dialogue here with the architecture of Josep Lluís Sert and a scenography created from sketches by Jean Paul Riopelle. The spatial structure of the locations, the viewpoints they offer, and their physical characteristics, from the gravels of the Joan Miró Labyrinth to the tiles of the Giacometti Courtyard, determine the form of the choreography. Riopelle’s scenography also aims to be traversed by the performers. In return, the choreography renews the physical experience of the spaces by opening up new perspectives.

With the support of:

Passages Choreography: Noé Soulier With: Stephanie Amurao, Adriano Coletta, Meleat Fredriksson, Yumiko Funaya, Nangaline Gomis, Nans Pierson Production and distribution: Céline Chouffot Credits: Production: Cndc – Angers Co-production at creation: Monuments en mouvement – Centre des monuments nationaux; Atelier de Paris – CDCN, with the support of the Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs of Île-de-France – Ministry of Culture and Communication Scenography created from drawings by Jean Paul Riopelle for Merce Cunningham (1967), by Coraline Delorme and Thomas Guillaume, young scenographers from the Décors program, post-diploma of the Pavillon Bosio, Higher School of Visual Arts of the City of Monaco. Painted canvases by first-year students Loeva Audoin, Kamal Cherkaoui, Emma Elouard, Mailys Lochowicz, under the supervision of Frédéric Pohl and Laure Fissore, professors at the Pavillon Bosio.

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