CFB 451

Christian and François Ben Aïm have been directing CFB 451 to both explore visual and physical theatre, street arts, circus and dancing.

Since 1997, they have collaborated to create a work that combines dance, theatre and circus. Together they have created more than 10 productions - from a duet to a piece for 9 dancers. Among their creations: Un homme en marche (A man on his way), Carcasses, un oeil pour deux (Carcasses, one eye for two), En plein coeur (Dead in the heart) and, most recently, Amor fati fati amor, a piece for 6 dancers about the physical experience of joy.

Their choreography requires both committed bodies and detached emotions. Christian and François Ben Aïm develop an expressive language that allows ample scope for the performer to interpret their choreography. The interplay between dance and text as well as between dance and music is a touchstone for them.

1996: Back from Montreal, Christian and
François Ben Aïm worked into creating a
unique combination of dance and theatre.
1997:
A l’abri du regard des hommes, avant
d’aller mourir ailleurs, first creation for 5
performers, performed fifty times, including
in the Off Festival in Avignon 1998
1998:
L’Homme Rapaillé, short piece freely
inspired from Gaston Miron’s poetry and
performed in several young
choreographers’ festivals
1999:
Un homme en marche (A man on his
way**), piece for 3 dancers and 2 actors
performed in the Off Festival in Avignon
L'Enfant du miroir, short piece for 11
performers won the Barbakoff Prize in the
Volinine Competition in 1999.
2001:
La Frontera, piece for 5 dancers created with
the support of the CCN of Orléans (artistic
director: Josef Nadj)
Ô mon frère ! (Ô my brother !**) short trio
for men
2003:
Ne vous fiez pas au titre, il peut encore
changer, trio created at Etoile du Nord in
Paris.
2004:
Carcasses, un œil pour deux (Carcasses,
one eye for two**), duet between brothers
freely inspired from the text «In the solitude of
cotton fields» by B.M. Koltès
2006:
En plein cœur (Dead in the heart**), piece
for 9 performers, freely inspired from the text
« Roberto Zucco» by B.M. Koltès, created with
the support of CCN of Créteil (artistic
directors: José Montalvo & Dominique Hervieu)
2007:
You’re a bird, now ! **, danced by 1 dancer
with 1 musician on stage.
2008:
amor fati fati amor **, piece for 6 dancers
created at Théâtre de la Madeleine in Troyes,
with the support of CCN of Nantes (artistic
directors: Claude Brumachon & Benjamin
Lamarche)

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Persons

  • Aim, Christian Ben
    Classical Ballet / Artistic Director
  • Aim, Francois Ben
    Classical Ballet / Artistic Director