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Le petit chaperon rouge (Little Red Riding Hood)

creation for young audiences 2011

Between carnation and incarnation, a wolf and a young girl remind us: the minds of young children are filled with dancing, anxious, angry and destructive chimeras.

Archaic, visceral, violent… is how one could describe this “story” that has been told a million times. Out with narration. We prefer vivisection by scalpel of the childish fable and its entrails! A wolf, half animal, half serial killer and Little Red Riding Hood in her complicit innocence embark on a duet of fascination, games and fear. On a bare stage (a concrete and dreamlike space) and accompanied by a sound universe of tinkered vinyl records, childhood is confronted with its fantasies and fears with force and jubilation. The stark narration of the original fable uses resources, costumes and lighting sparingly, leaving only muscle, heavy breathing and laughter to defuse this choreographic-explosive device.

Designer, choreographer Sylvain Huc
Performers Cécile Grassin and Sylvain Huc
Sound designer Xavier Coriat
Lighting technician Pierre Masselot


Duration 45 min


Production Faits & Gestes
Le Petit Chaperon Rouge was created as part of an artist residency at the Marminiac.

Photo © Loran Chourrau / Sylvain Huc – Le petit chaperon rouge


creation 2012

Bestial impulses, mad love… Sylvain Huc forges an infernal tale, a dark ceremony that celebrates instinct, madness and irrepressible desire.

Between depravity and abuse, and returning to an oral tradition that is harsher than our childhood memories suggest, Rotkäppchen (“Little Red Riding Hood” in the Teutonic forests) dismembers, mangles and tears apart the motive for the murder at work in this bygone tale. In a piece of loving writing about vertigo and flesh, Sylvain Huc choreographs the primitive convulsions and the cadaveric stiffness of an unhealthy duo. A wolf aesthete of his maniacal crimes and little red riding hood in glory or in agony cross paths. Wise and wild, the bodies of this story interact with the throbbing or inert flesh in a “butcher’s piece”.

Designer, choreographer Sylvain Huc
Assistant Loran Chourrau
Performers Sylvain Huc and Cécile Grassin
Music designer David Authié and Xavier Coriat
Lighting designer Pascale Bongiovanni
Lighting technician Pierre Masselot


Duration 60 min


Production Faits & Gestes

Coproducers and partners
CDC de Toulouse/Midi-Pyrénées (Réseau DépartS), City of Tournefeuille, National Opera Ballet of the Rhine / CCN de Mulhouse (studio residency), MJC in Rodez (with the support of the Departmental Commission of Culture of Aveyron and of the Municipal Community of Carladez), Espace Apollo in Mazamet (with the support of ADDA 81).

Photo © Erik Damiano / Sylvain Huc – Rotkäppchen


creation 2015

…or the impossible project of failure. How to keep the promise of succeeding in your failure or failing in your success? It is in this impasse that Sylvain Huc leads the bodies of the dancers.

Following Beethoven and his heroic symphony, Kaputt asserts itself as an act of bravery destined to fail. “Eroica”, with its cuts, bursts, bombardments and ceasefires… But also, its enthusiasm. Rather than disillusion, Kaputt talks about the art of voluntary wrecking and the heroism of failure. This is perhaps all that bodies can still claim as ambition, as a possession: to exhaust themselves… to what they are incapable of, to support an impossible symphony or to succeed in a performance. How then does the body fail? Heroic as it is vain, the loss of the body is cultivated more than having it. It will be taught not to know. Kaputt is a rescue by failure. A pointless act of necessary bravery.

Designer, choreographer Sylvain Huc
Assistants Loran Chourrau and Cécile Grassin
Performers Pierre-Michaël Faure, Cécile Grassin, Sylvain Huc, Lise Vermot, (created with the participation of Blandine Pinon)
Costume designer Rachel Garcia
Stage manager Pierre Masselot
Musical program Symphony No.3 « Eroica » – Ludwig van Beethoven


Duration 60 mins


Production Faits & Gestes

Coproducers and partners

CDC de Toulouse/Midi-Pyrénées as part of the network “[DNA] Departures and Arrivals”, co-funded by the Creative Europe Project of the EU,l’Usine Centre national des arts de la rue et de l’espace public (Tournefeuille / Toulouse Métropole), the Espace Herbauges aux Herbiers. Sponsors: the théâtre de Cahors, the city of Tournefeuille, Ramdam – a space for artistic creation and resources in Ste Foy-lès-Lyon, the CIAM of the Toulouse University Jean Jaurès, Pôle Sud, CDC in preliminary stage in Strasbourg

Photo © Erik Damiano / Sylvain Huc – Kaputt

Boys don’t cry

creation 2016

“Men like to talk about women. So that they don’t have to talk about themselves” Virginie Despentes. King Kong theory.

Even though “gender” constitutes a political challenge more than ever, how can we take another look at the male body and masculinity? Boys don’t cry sidesteps exposed stereotypes ad nauseum. Constantly displayed as a heroic model or as an object of desire, the male body is confronted with a void of representation. Boys don’t cry engages in a physical deconstruction of testosterone, its fictions and its performances. The only weapons that are used are a martial drum kit and two male bodies that will experience the paradox of dance between power and fragility. The figures of today’s virile man will be explored through physical exertion to reduce them to crumbs and see them (perhaps) appear anew.

Choreographer Sylvain Huc
Performers Pierre-Michaël Faure and Sylvain Huc
Assistants Loran Chourrau and Cécile Grassin
Drummer Xavier Coriat
Stage manager and lighting designer Pierre Masselot
Sound technician Frédéric Caray


Duration 55 min


Production Faits & Gestes

Coproducers and partners
In partnership with the National University for Civil Aviation (ENAC) in Toulouse, National Opera Ballet of the Rhine / CCN de Mulhouse (studio residencies), the city of Cournon d’Auvergne - La Coloc’ de la culture- Puy de Mômes Festival; with the support of the Cultural Center in Saint-Agne, of the Toulouse CDC / Midi-Pyrénées and of the Docks, the Cahors SMAC et the SPEDIDAM.


“The SPEDIDAM is a company that collects and distributes performers’ royalties in the context of the recording, the diffusion and the later use of recorded performances "

Photo © Erik Damiano / Sylvain Huc – Boys don’t cry