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A training plan:


1.      Tone, work and vigor.

2.      Rest, trance and ideation.


A god that interchanges between a voracious sportsman and a dancer on the loose – in flora. Over there, endurance; just here, performance.

Now, a wild runner; later on, a gangling faun.

Among them, the silence savored in an urban grove where they all gathered.


L'après-midi d'un sportif is a solo that explores two different universes: sports training and L'après-midi d'un faune, a poem by Stéphane Mallarmé. In the sports universe it’s the work, muscle tone, effort, perspiration, transcendence, repetition and "being healthy" that matters.

The poem L'après-midi d'un faune describes a faun who just woke up after a nap and talks about his encounters with nymphs and sensual experiences. Rest, laziness, ideation, sensuality and sex… this is what matters in here.


These two distinct universes will coexist in a 15-minute solo. Time enough for sprint training? For a power nap, either.

Choreography and performer: Ricardo Machado

Music: Ken Nordine

Producer: Festival TODOS and Outro Vento

Photos: Andrea Messana

2016 | 15 minutes

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