artistic practices

Marseille and Aix-en-Provence
January 25—February 10, 2024

Maud Blandel, I L K A, L’OEIL NU, 2023

February 3 at 19:30February 4 at 15:30

Duration: 60 min

Ballet national de Marseille

Co-produced with Ballet national de Marseille and GMEM — Centre national de création musicale

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The February 4 performance will be followed by a stage-side meeting with the artistic team, moderated by Elena Biserna, researcher and curator, in conversation with Christian Sebille, director of GMEM - Centre national de création musicale.

On-site bar and catering.

In her latest creation, Maud Blandel associates the astrophysical phenomenon of pulsars with a personal and tragic sonic memory. By translating principles such as rotation, gravity and periodicity, L'œil nu involves six dancers and transforms the stage space into a field of observation: faced with a body (stellar, physical, collective) that degenerates, what do we really perceive?


Trained initially in contemporary dance, then in directing (Manufacture, Lausanne) and visual arts (HEAD, Geneva), Maud Blandel has been developing her own choreographic works since 2015. Singular and physically engaged, each of her works relies on a conceptual musical basis in order to put into body and shape various phenomena altered by the passage of time. For example, she works on the notion of the sacrificed body and the staging of the female body (TOUCH DOWN, 2015), on the folklorization of popular dance practices (Lignes de conduite, 2018), on the killing of time via a type of 17th-century musical entertainment called Divertimento (Diverti Menti, 2020). She also works as an assistant to artists such as Cindy Van Acker, Karim Bel Kacem, Heiner Goebbels and Romeo Castellucci.

Since 2016, Maud Blandel has been supported by Parallèle in production and dissemination. She has been artist-in-residence at the Arsenic - center d'art scénique contemporain de Lausanne since September 2018, and is associate artist at the CNDC - Angers as well as at Bonlieu - scène nationale d'Annecy.

As part of the Parallèle festival, she presented Touch Down at ZEF in 2016 and an in situ version at Mucem in 2018. Lignes de conduites was presented at KLAP Maison pour la danse in 2019 and Diverti Menti at Théâtre des Bernardines in 2016.

  • Direction and choreography

    Maud Blandel

  • Dancers

    Karine Dahouindji, Maya Masse, Tilouna Morel, Ana Teresa Pereira, Romane Peytavin, Simon Ramseier

  • Sound design

    Flavio Virzì, Denis Rollet, Maud Blandel

  • Lighting design

    Daniel Demont, Florian Bach

  • Sound Managment

    Denis Rollet

  • Costumes

    Marie Bajenova

  • Outside eye

    Anna-Marija Adomaityte

With the support of Pro Helvetia, Fondation suisse pour la culture.
With the support of the Corodis and La Loterie Romande.
As part of the Radio That Matters project.

Production : I L K A
Administration : Alexandra Nivon pour I L K A
Production and distribution : Parallèle, Pratiques artistiques émergentes internationales Production, Festival, Coopération Marseille
Coproductions : Arsenic Centre d’art scénique contemporain - Lausanne, Pavillon ADC - Genève & La Bâtie - Festival de Genève, Centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie, as part of Accueil-studio/Ministère de la Culture.
With the support of Cndc – Angers as part of Accueil Studio
Support : Etat de Vaud, Ville de Lausanne, Loterie romande, Pro Helvetia, Fondation suisse pour la culture, Fondation Ernst Göhner, Pour-cent culturel Migros
Maud Blandel is associate artist at Cndc - Angers
The company I L K A benefits from a contract of trust with the City of Lausanne - 2021-2024.