Spider Galaxies (2011)

Spider Galaxies © Gilles Jobin

Premiered on March 15th to 17th 2011 at Bonlieu Scène Nationale Annecy, France


In Spider Galaxies, Gilles Jobin focuses mainly on movement without any narrative structure, opening thus new territories of the mind, while favouring sensation through a very precise writing.

On stage, the bodies unwind their movements up to their point of exhaustion. Steps are alternately quick and short, or extremely slow, and always flowing. We don’t know where they are leading us, but their attraction is compelling. We almost feel they are taming us, disclosing some secret scores. Restlessly, intensity wavers and tension remains constant. We sail very close to confusion, going nearly adrift, and yet it is an absolute calm we let sink in. _The body turns into a matter which is complete, spatial and literally sensational. Gilles Jobin organizes the bodies like the spaces of a sensitive architecture, aware of junctions and circulations.

Gilles Jobin and his 4 iconographer-dancers spent several weeks viewing thousands of visual sources – on the web, in art books, or in the visual archives of the history of rock music –, after which the choreographer conceived elaborate generators of figurative abstraction.
These images index each other, come across and overlap, each dancer developping her or his own score, and reaching the other one’s as to create a dance without cuts, a continuous movement informing a complete matter, a subliminal sensual flux. The dancers being not mere screens reflecting an unknown world, but becoming the mediators with a collective subconscious.

Cristian Vogel and Carla Scaletti, invoke sound particles, while Daniel Demont disperses the spectrum. Protean, infinitely large or infinitesimal, such are the Spider Galaxies.


9 June : South Caucasus Contemporary Dance and Experimental Art Festival Tbilisi, Georgia

26 January : Montpellier Danse, Montpellier, France
16 – 17 March : Théâtre Les Halles de Sierre, Sierre, Switzerland
2 May : Extra 12 – Tunis Capitale de la Danse, Tunis, Tunisia
11 – 12 August : Festival Transversale, Mexico DF, Mexico
8 August : Festival Transversales, Pachuca, Mexique

Preview 3 and 4 March : Journées de Danse Contemporaine Suisse, Berne, Suwitzerland
Premiere 15, 16, 17 March: Bonlieu Scène Nationale, Annecy, France
30 March – 3 April : Théâtre Arsenic, Lausanne, Switzerland
6 – 17 April : Théâtre de l’ADC, Geneva, Switzerland
27 April – annulé : Damascus contemporary dance plateform, Damas, Syria
30 April : Beirut International Platform Of Dance, Beyrouth, Lebanon
20 May : Festival Evidanse, Delémont, Switzerland
14 June : Festival Latitudes Contemporaines, Lille, France
1 October : Festival TecArtEco, Gallarate, Italy
8 December : Festival theater:now, Steckborn, Switzerland

Spider Galaxies © Gregory Batardon
Spider Galaxies © Gregory Batardon
Spider Galaxies © Gregory Batardon


Choreography Gilles Jobin
Musical direction Cristian Vogel
Dance Susana Panadés Díaz, Isabelle Rigat, Louis-Clément da Costa, Martin Roehrich
Music Carla Scaletti & Cristian Vogel, performed live by POL
Light design Daniel Demont
Costume design Karine Vintache
Assistant of choreography Margaux Monetti
Technical manager Marie Predour
Administration Mélanie Rouquier
Accountant Yves Bachelier

Production Cie Gilles Jobin – Geneva (CH)
Co-production Bonlieu scène nationale Annecy
In collaboration with ADC ,Genève – Arsenic, Lausanne – Beirut International Platform Of Dance, Beyrouth – Damascus Contemporary Dance Platform, Damas, Festival Latitudes Contemporaines, Lille – Festival Evidanse, Delémont

With the support of Loterie Romande, Electric Claudio Merlo – Lighting Equipment S.A
Touring support Corodis, Migros Culture Pourcentage

Cie Gilles Jobin is supported by a cooperative funding agreement between the City of Geneva, the State of Geneva and Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council. Gilles Jobin is an associated artist of Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy