Cloud

A dance production by Perrine Valli
to a soundtrack by Eric Linder/Polar and Fabrice Melquiot's texts
Produced by Arte Libera & Cie Sam-Hester
Co-produced by Théâtre Forum Meyrin, Dôme Théâtre (Albertville), CDCN Le Gymnase (Roubaix), and RESO

EXPLORING INTERGENERATIONAL
COMMUNICATION IN THE DIGITAL AGE

The overlap between the real and virtual worlds is a defining characteristic of our contemporary society. Caught in a vortex of virtual messaging, we live, grow and interact in an ethereal environment. We spend all our time in a hazy cyberworld, neither here nor there, where the tangible and the abstract meet. Our virtual preoccupations, our virtual friends and our virtual values leave us precious little time for the real world.

How will this new paradigm affect our children? What will become of the “cloud” and “cloud computing”? Will uber-connectivity be seen as a deadly spell or a magical metamorphosis?

This dance performance serves as a catalyst for bringing generations together, whether on stage or in the audience. Around fifteen local children, after completing a series of preparatory workshops, will join professional dancers on stage for a choreography comprising unscripted movements and a shared vocabulary drawn from simple daily gestures.

March 25-26, 2019

Le Gymnase (Roubaix)

May 16-17, 2019

Dôme Théâtre (Albertville)

June 8, 2019

Forum St-Georges (Delémont)

Sept. 11, 2019

Casino Theater
(Zug)

Objectives

Cloud explores intergenerational communication in the digital age.

Cyber-modern youth are changing how things are done in such areas as teaching, art, communication, business and relationships. What do we need to do to adapt to their expectations and their vision of the world? How can we impart our values to them? How can we inspire them? How can we learn from them?

 

The overlap between the real and virtual worlds is a defining characteristic of our contemporary society – and dictates the way we understand, enjoy and shape it. Caught in a vortex of virtual messaging, we live, grow and interact in an ethereal environment. We spend all our time in a hazy cyberworld, neither here nor there, where the tangible and the abstract meet, as if we were living in a landscape and in a painting of that landscape at the same time.

 

“Are our bodies better off here or there?” is a fair question given our dual existence. We transform our daily lives into an intangible – yet illustrated – saga. We extract our existence from the real world so that we can share it more easily. Our virtual preoccupations, our virtual friends and our virtual values leave us precious little time for what is real. One look at our posture is enough: we sit hunched over, obsessed with our screens. The virtual world prevents us from fully experiencing the real world, and vice versa. When we lift our heads, a breath of reality relieves our virtual suffocation. This restores us to our rightful place, in the present, in the here and now. It reminds us that we are still alive, that we aren’t ghosts, user profiles or data points.

Verbal and non-verbal communication

We have created an educational kit to accompany this dance performance. Our aim is to:

  • help teachers address a crucial social issue, with children aged 8 to 14
  • promote a simple message about the need for dialogue between generations
  • remind people that different generations have much to share with each other
  • encourage adults and children to enjoy a performance together

News

Teaching materials

Nicolas Ryser is developing the teaching materials for this production, as he did for our last one. They will be available in March 2019, in French only.

"Cloud" premiere

The dance performance "Cloud" will open on 15 March 2019 at the Octogone in Pully. Tickets are on sale now: https://theatre-octogone.ch. An allotment of complimentary tickets for our partners Pro Juventute and Pro Senectute will encourage the young and old to attend the event together.

By-laws and mission

Arte Libera teaches children about their rights through art.

Arte Libera is a non-profit public-service organization founded on 1 November 2002. Its mission is to produce and promote cultural activities designed to raise awareness of children’s rights. In pursuit of its mission, Arte Libera works closely with select artists who use their talents to bring this crucial topic to life. Through art, Arte Libera teaches children about their rights.

Arte Libera’s members help the organization achieve its mission and carry out its projects through financial contributions, administrative support and more general assistance. They are neutral and impartial in their work and enjoy complete freedom in carrying out their projects, in line with Arte Libera’s principles. They act ethically and are free of any political, economic or religious influence. They do not claim, for themselves or their beneficiaries, any compensation apart from what the organization will be able to provide them. November 2002.

 

Sponsors

This production has the advantage of the patronages of Pro Senectute, Pro Juventute and the Commission suisse pour l'UNESCO.

We thank the following organizations for their financial support:

  • Loterie Romande
  • Forum Meyrin
  • Pro Helvetia
  • Fondation Juchum
  • Fondation Hans Wilsdorf
  • Fondation Thomas Stanley
  • Fondation Ernst Göhner

With special thanks to:

  • La Vaudoise Assurances
  • Région de Nyon

We would also like to thank:

  • Commune de Rolle
  • avectact.ch

Team

Members of the Arte Libera Association

Daniel Stanca

Founder and Chairman

Diana Tipoia

Vice President

Nathalie de la Iglesia

Treasurer

Alessia Aprile

General Secretary

Elitia Communication

Mélina Neuhaus

Wavemind Sàrl

Digital Strategy Agency

Cabinet Fiduciaire et Fiscal Jacques A. Gilliéron SA

Auditor

Former productions

See all Arte Libera productions over the years

2015-2016

Theme Child soldiers and the trivialization of violence
Artistic Expression Cinema / Short film
Artist Yangzom Brauen
Title BORN IN BATTLE

2011-2013

Theme The rights of the child in sport
Artistic Expression Comic strip
Artist Carlo Trinco
Title "Des sportifs très « à droits »" available only in French

2007-2008

Theme Child Abuse
Artistic Expression Applied Art and Design
Artists Ela Bauer, Daphné Corregan, Aurélie Dellasanta, Marie Rougé, Charlyne Kolly, Christelle Novel, Noémie Doge, Doris Lehmann, Paola Bernasconi, Marianne Anselin, Lilian Caprez, Elin Ryd, Laure Chevalier, Perrine Cardon, Fabienne Vuilleumier Gastaldi, Jeanne Mercuriali, Aline Guignard, Thelma Aviani, Gabriella Picci-Mazzella
Title PROTECT CHILDHOOD