Breath of Life

Breath of Life

Between twenty and fifty participants of all ages and backgrounds. A hundred pairs of lungs and fifty mouths occupy the space and interpret a sonorific and choreographed score inspired by the individual respiration of each participant. Organic at first, gradually rhythm and melody set in which, together, become movement at first and then music.


The act of breathing sets the body, as well as our thoughts and our desires in motion. It is also the breath of the wind which activates movement. It excites or soothes, it attracts or establishes distance, it gives rhythm to the ocean. It is the wind which enables pollination, far away and beyond the lands where we live. It is the breath of migration travelling through time and space, the breathing of memory and the wind of history. 


This breath is in and around us all, for each and every one of us. It is the sound which precedes language. It prevails over our every word; in every language it can be reproduced by each individual, everywhere, regardless of where we are or where we’ve come from.


Breath of life (Air Vivant) proposes using this archaic and vital gesture to create a performance which resonates as an essential expression of our relationship with each other and the outside world: So inspire me with who you are and what your breath will bring to me. Let us inspire one another!


Maguelone Vidal / conception, composition, direction
Fabrice Ramalingom / choreographic collaboration
Dalila Khatir / voice coaching
Ghyslaine Gau / choreographic assistant
and 25 to 50 volunteers performers


Production / Intensités
Coproduction / ICI–Centre Chorégraphique National MONTPELLIER OCCITANIE, Conservatoire BÉZIERS Méditerranée Maison pour tous Voltaire – MONTPELLIER, École Maternelle Claris de Florian – MONTPELLIER
In association with / Musée Régional d’Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Château Vargoz – SÉRIGNAN


Musée Régional d’Art Contemporain OCCITANIE / June 12th 2016
ICI – Centre Chorégraphique National of MONTPELLIER OCCITANIE / June 16th, 17th and 18th 2016 (8 shows)
Mémorial du Camp de RIVESALTES / December 15th 2017