Steak House (2005)

Premiered on March 3rd 2005 Théâtre Arsenic, Lausanne, Switzerland


« The idea is to take an actual space as starting point. Walls and furniture, blankets, everyday objects. An inhabited space, shared in close proximity with others.

I basically try to imagine an engine that produces a constant flow of images, a restricted space that conjures up images. Dictated by the context, the lifelike situation and the restricted space, the human beings inhabiting this space, live together, share things and interact with their environment. They behave in an absurd way, yet seem to do so on purpose.

No chaos however, rather a sense of disorder, disorder and proximity. In this space normal rules of behaviour do not apply. By treating abnormal actions in a normal way, the spectator gets simultaneously sucked in and kept at bay. As in a cartoon, the action becomes surreal, building up through a dream-like process. This logic of absurdity is certainly the path to be followed. Then the space is deconstructed, the bodies spread through the space. What this will lead to remains to be seen. »

Statement of intent, Gilles Jobin, September 2004


24-25 January: Side Step Festival, Helsinki, Finland
18-28 April: Kampnagel, Hambourg, germany 
27 November – 1st December: Théâtre de Carouge, Geneva, Switzerland 

6-7 January: Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal
21 January: Journées de Danse Contemporaine Suisse – Théâtre Arsenic, Lausanne, Switzerland  
25-26 January: Berliner Festspiele, Berlin, Germany
29 January: Les Halles de Schaerbeek, Brussels, Belgium
9-11 February: Tanzquartier Wien, Vienna, Austria
8-9 April: Schlachthaus Theater, Bern, Switzerland 
23 June: Latitudes Contemporaines, Lille, France
8 September: CO2, Bulle, Switzerland 

3-13 March: Théâtre Arsenic, Lausanne, Switzerland 
18-19 March: Teatro Comunale di Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy
22-23 March: Théâtre Forum Meyrin, Geneva, Switzerland 
12-16 April: Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, France  
3-5 May: Gessnerallee, Zürich, Switzerland 
20 May: Exodos Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2 June: Kulczyk Foundation, Poznan, Poland 
5 June: Festival Cialo-Umysl / Body-Mind – National Theater Warsow, Poland 
30 July: Danse à Aix, Aix en Provence, France 
26 October: Biennale de Danse, Fortaleza, Brazil  
30 October: Biennale de Danse, Sobral, Brazil  
5-6 November : SESC, Sao Paulo, Brazil 
16 November : Octobre en Normandie, Rouen, France 
6 December: Bonlieu Scène nationale, Annecy, France


Choreographer Gilles Jobin
Dancers Jean-Pierre Bonomo, Niki Good, Marie-Caroline Hominal, Gilles Jobin, Susana Panadès Diaz, Rudi Van Der Merwe
Music Cristian Vogel
Music machine Angus conception Cristian Vogel, realisation Simon Jobin
Source of vinyl recordings Joe Robinson: guitar / Spoo: beats
Set Design Sylvie Kleiber – assistant to Sylvie Kleiber Victor Roy
Costume design Karine Vintache – costume assistant Julie Delieutraz
Lighting design Frédéric Richard
Technical director Yann Marussich
Sound operator Clive Jenkins

Production Cie Gilles Jobin – Geneva, Switzerland
Administration Grégory Ysewyn
Production Mélanie Rouquier
Accounting Yves Bachelier  
Co-production Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, France – Spielzeit Europa, Berliner Festspiele, Berlin, Allemagne – Teatro Comunale Di Ferrara, Ferrara, Italie – Théâtre Arsenic, Lausanne, Suisse – Danse à Aix, Aix en Provence, France – Tanzquartier Wien, Vienne, Autriche

Supported by Canton of Vaud, City of Lausanne, Canton of Genève, City of Geneva, Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council, Loterie Romande, Sophie und Karl Binding Stiftung

Gilles Jobin benefits of a triennal associated support (2007 to 2009) from City of Geneva, Canton de Genève, Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council

Gilles Jobin is an associated artist of Bonlieu Scène nationale, Annecy, France