Forewords by Laurance Henry

photo by Jeanne Paturel

mOts premiers is the first show in a triptych about language (a show about early childhood – a show about childhood – a show about adolescence).

mOts premiers brings together two performers, two men: the first, Harrison Mpaya is an actor and polyglot. The second, Jordan Malfoy, is a contemporary dancer, he came to dance through hip-hop, the combined experience of earth, street, struggles. Therefore, everyone already has their own language, languages, practice and experience.

In the premieres of mOts, referring to Merleau-Ponty, everyone tries to return to the original word, to deconstruct knowledge to rediscover the wonder, the surprise, the freshness of the beginning. Each tries to communicate with the other, to find a common territory by letting go of what has been gained. Where to start?

It’s a verbal contest (which verb is that?), a hand-to-hand combat (which body is it?).
To the one who finds the most accurate word, gesture, drawing according to him, the first in possible resonance with the partner or to create friction, a shift. Orality, the body, the drawing line will be the languages ​​in practice, the languages ​​that must be invented to find the word at its source: how is this possible without being in the mimicry of the toddler?

Giving birth to and dealing with a poetic lexical field that defines as much as it creates, here is all the power of the little one who is freed from reality, who lives fully in the present, who traverses it and who builds his language, utters it. the first words.

In a scenographic space where public space and stage space are designed in close proximity, Harrison and Jordan seek and provide a language of their own, a primary language, a first language.

the first words
Directed, written, set design: Laurance Henry
Choreographic and dramaturgical assistant: Pauline Maluski
Starring: Jordan Malfoy, Harrison Mpaya
Composer: Sylvain Robine
Costume designer: Sophie Hoarau
Technical director, assistant: Erik Mennesson

2023 tournament

Green Genet – Florac
January 5 at 2:30 p.m.
January 6 at 9:30 and 11:00.
January 7 at 10:00.

Crossroads Phases of Lozère, Scene in agreement – ​​Lozère
January 8 at 10:00 – Marjevols
January 9 at 9:30 and 11:00 – Marjevols
January 11 at 16:00 – Bagnols les Bains
January 12 at 9:30 – Bagnols les Bains

Little Echo of Fashion – Chatelaudren
January 25 at 14:00 – Le Petit Echo Hors les Murs
January 26 at 9:30 and 10:45 – Le Petit Echo Hors les Murs
January 27 at 9:45 and 10:45 – Le Petit Echo de la Mode, Chatelaudren
January 28 at 11 a.m. – Le Petit Echo de la Mode, Chatelaudren

Theater in Rance – Dinan
January 29, 4:00 p.m. – Village Hall, Plouër-Sur-Rance
January 30 at 10:00 and 14:30 – Salle des fêtes, Plouër-Sur-Rance

Prom’nons nous Festival, Le Dôme – Saint Avé
February 3 at 9:15 and 10:30.
February 4 at 10:30.

Pontorson Village Hall – Mont-Saint-Michel Normandy agglomeration community
February 5 at 11:00.
February 6 at 9:15 and 10:45.
February 7 at 9:15.

Festival of Young and Very Young Audiences, Salle des Grésillons – Gennevilliers
February 9, at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Castle of Dreams, Cultural Center – Lamballe
March 12 at 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.
March 13 at 9:30 and 10:45.
March 14 at 9:30 and 10:45.

Saint Malo
March 17 at 2:30 p.m.
March 18 at 10:30.

Paris-Villette Theater – Paris
April 20 at 10:00.
April 21 at 10:00.
April 23 at 11:00.
April 25 at 10:30.
April 26 at 10:30 am.
April 27 at 10:30.
April 29 at 5:00 p.m.
April 30 at 11:00.

Croq’Les Mots Marmots Festival, Cultural Season – Ernée
May 2 at 14:00 and 20:00.
May 3 at 10:00.

Paris-Villette Theater – Paris
May 4 at 10:30.
May 5 at 10:30.
May 6 at 5:00 p.m.
May 7 at 11:00.

Theater Gérard Philipe – Champigny sur Marne
May 25 at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
May 26 at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
May 27 at 5:00 p.m.

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