STREET PANTONE, #30 meters > Europe 2015-2024

Dialogue with a city, a monument, a landscape…

How can we live singularly  but connected in the shared space of cities where most of us live? Redrawing fringe areas, playing with flows, exploring the architectural and sensitive nature of the urban context, questioning void and waste? Weaving the variety of speeds and scales, a dancer with his monochrome veil, elongated as the tab of a color chart, reveals the plasticity of spaces, unfurling the Pantone like an ephemeral phantom, that fits in a suitcase. They challenge the activity of the street, invent constructive, eloquent gestures and images modified by movement, inviting inhabitants and bodies to meet.

At the same time monumental and compact, elastic, colorful, elegant and adventurous, fragile but persistent… Street Pantone artifact, made of lycra, 30 meters long and 3 m wide is a fabric of dance, such as some sports costumes. Through a minimal ressources approach it carries symbols of human necessities (clothing, shelter, curtain,  thread, carpet, cape…), aesthetic references (classic drapes, flags, folds, Land art of Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Loïe Fuller…) and architectural desires. As a nomadic and dynamic vector, both link and border, it challenges the artifice, metamorphosing reality and landscape, becoming a paintbrush, a spectrum, an actor, or the leitmotiv of a comic strip. They both turn permeable to situations, travel, invent scores, rhythms and states of the day.

Activated by performer-choreographer and architect Gilles Viandier, Street Pantone composes a singular duet in the common space, creating ephemeral monumental installations, in a travelling form, linked to the context, history and identity of heritage places, cities or landscapes invested, interacting with the audience and the inhabitants. They can evoke a sailor and his sail, a painter and his color, a traveller and his load, a worker on a building site, an architect with his measurements, volumes, point and line to plane  (W. Kandinsky), a faun holding the nymph’s veil, Draupadi’s endless sari in Mahābhārata indian epic… as well as the basic duality of dance between impulse and gravitation , refering to the worlds at margins : sky/ bird and earth/snake from the Egyptian, Greek, Roman mythologies and in the traditional Black Africa societies.

With Street Pantone, each installation opens a singular time and space for a choreographic performance where the physically and musically (lyrical voice / singing) committed body takes advantage of the site drawing dynamics and evoking multiple symbolics.