+++ Article La Montagne, St Flour (F), September 18. 2020
Gilles Viandier unveils the heritage – By Yann Bayssat
Former architect turned dancer, Gilles Viandier proposes performances in an urban environment with his pantone, a 30 meters long fabric. He will be in Saint-Flour tomorrow.
This fabric, Gilles Viandier stepped on it by chance, he found it. A long piece of lycra, 30 meters long, more than 2 meters wide. Stretchy, sturdy. The dancer thought he could use it. He tests it at the Prague Quadrennial. “I was like on a diving board, facing the unknown.” But the experiment is conclusive, and he glimpses the infinite possibilities of the object.
A few years later, he presented his street pantone at the Aurillac festival, and left a lasting impression. The Departmental Council then suggested that he come back for the Heritage Days, which he will do, tomorrow in Saint-Flour, on Sunday in Salers. But what does this have to do with heritage? “I trained as an architect, and I always have this view of the city, of heritage, which nourishes my dance. The city is my framework, my world of reflection. And with my fabric, I add a touch of color to it, I interact with what it offers me”. “There is a real coherence,” adds France Harvois, the museum director. His performance will offer another view of the Episcopal Palace, the museums and the Place d’Armes.”
After a short passage this summer “but which has matured well since” then two days of in situ work, Gilles Viandier will propose a show thought for the place, finally leaving little room for improvisation, or as a jazzman, based on rigor and work. His canvas, orange for the occasion, will sometimes be an element of the space, sometimes a support for his choreographies. He will be bullfighter, homeless, pregnant woman, Christ according to the moments and the glances. Even Minotaur, since he has recovered a pair of horns. All the heritages will pass through it, reviewed and revealed.