Mehdi Duman's Cinema Showreel
Edited by cinema photographer Pascal Montjovent
Long Version on my company biography page.
Ways of seeing the Lockdown through:
Due to this exceptional and extraordinary time of Covid19. All theatres and public institutions are shut down and we are all locked down. And due to this crisis the arts and all of humanity have to adapt and find new ways to continue to produce and create. But be AWARE of Fear, don’t let it rule you and your way of life. Yes take precautions, keep distances and keep the virus at bay, yes, but do not be indoctrinated by fear alone. Think out of the box and question the conformity of the status quo.
“The ultimate aim of government is not to rule, or restrain by fear, nor to exact obedience, but to free every man from fear that he may live in all possible security... In fact, the true aim of government is liberty.”
And something on borders:
“When I open my wallet
To show my papers
Or check the time of a train
I look at your face.
The flower’s pollen
Is older than the mountains
Aravis is young
As mountains go.
The flower’s ovules
Will be seeding still
When Aravis then aged
Is no more than a hill.
The flower in the heart’s
Wallet, the force
Of what lives us
Outliving the mountain.
And our faces, my heart, brief as photos.
Once Upon A Time
The first was a hare. At two thousand meters on a mountain frontier. Where are you going? Asked the French customs officer. To Italy, I said. Why didn’t you stop? He asked. I thought you beckoned me on, I replied. And at that moment everything was forgotten because a hare ran across the road, ten yards away from us. It was a lean hare, with tufts on the tips of its ears of brown smoke. And although it was running slowly, it ran for its life. Sometimes that can happen.
From “and our faces, my heart, as brief as photos”
And on transformation, new beginnings:
The word psyche means two things in Greek, his aunt said. Two very different but interesting things. Butterfly and soul. But when you stop and think about it carefully, butterfly and soul aren’t so different, after all, are they? A butterfly starts out as a caterpillar, an ugly sort of earthbound, wormy nothing, and then one day the caterpillar builds a cocoon, and after a certain amount of time the cocoon opens and out comes the butterfly, the most beautiful creature in the world. That’s what happens to souls as well, Archie. They struggle in the depths of darkness and ignorance, they suffer through trials and misfortunes, and bit by bit they become purified by those sufferings, strengthened by the hard things that happen to them, and one day, if the soul in question is a worthy soul, it will break out of its cocoon and soar through the air like a magnificent butterfly.
Paul Auster, Book 4321
Premiere 26.02.2020 - 29.02.2020: Theatre de l'Etincelle,Geneva
Choreography and Art serving the community.
Creating imaginative, innovative, stimulating choreography and physical theatre for the stage, the community.
The goal of the company is to connect and find connections between the art and artifice of the stage and the community in today's society. Bringing dance and theatre to the expected and unexpected of places, from the stage to schools and even to the hustle and bustle of the local flea market.
We aim to Reach out and open ways for the community to share and enjoy imaginative, fun and thought provoking choreography within everyday life.
We specialise in creating shows for the stage, festivals, art galleries, museums, the street, in short, in any space called for. We give Tailor madeworkshops, for schools, within the local community and beyond.
The company DIVISAR was founded by Mehdi Duman in 2014 as a non-lucratif performance company with its roots based in experimental and creative dance and theatre.
Origin of our name
- to perceive
- to descry
- on the horizon
Algunas veces divisé arriba una luz muy blanca; otras creí oír un gemido. Jorge Luis Borges.
Cuentan que Ulises, harto de prodigios,
lloró de amor al divisar su Itaca
verde y humilde. El arte es esa Itaca
de verde eternidad, no de prodigios.
"They say Ulysses, wearied of wonders,
wept with love on seeing Ithaca,
humble and green. Art is that Ithaca,
a green eternity, not wonders." "Arte Poética, Jorge Luis Borges."
★★★★ Anchored in Joy
"This is a joyous delight."
"The show is sensual and erotic from the outset."
"The authenticity and integrity of the performances from Elsa Couvreur and Mehdi Duman are utterly beguiling."
"Full disclosure, I am not normally a dance fan. I was, however, delighted!"
Check out this great review we had for our show Anchor. From our tour in London this March. Go to press for full article and more starred reviews for Anchor and our other shows...