Pierre-Philippe Hofmann has long worked for the opera and stage as a video artist.
It is on this occasion that he comes into contact with the work of Alain Platel and his company.
When he sees Out of context. Für Pina at the Festival d'Avignon, it is a real shock.
He is emotionally moved by this choreographic performance. Following a fruitful exchange with Alain Platel
at the Bijloke in Gent, Hofmann undertakes to follow the entire genesis of a future creation, nicht schlafen.
He rejects the idea of the usual documentary form or that of a making of; instead, Hofmann opts for a raw cut; without adding a narrative thread, he focuses on the raw observation of the fragile moments of creation and shows how contacts are initiated, tacitly, in an almost epidermal way.
The installation comprises a set of 6 screens with a dual logic. Each screen has its own narrative structure, but as soon as you move from one screen to another, another level of understanding is added, in keeping with the chronology of the stages of the work:
screen #1 - warming up
screen #2 - adjustments to the other
screen #3 - improvisations on the Adagietto
screen #4 - the group
screen #5 - music and voices
screen #6 - Berlinde de Bruyckere's horses
installation Opera Ghent, Well it goes like this
(behind the curtains of nicht schlafen (Les Ballets C de la B)), 2017