"LOS ANGELES" is a performance created in 2019 by Dimitri Chamblas and performed by Spenser Theberge. It was premiered both at the RedCat Theater in Los Angeles and at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Geffen) down town L.A.
"Los Angeles is a city that I like because I do not understand it. I have been living there for 2 years and still do not know how to dialogue with it. I constantly look for ways to explore it, and I am always committed to doing it through dance.
I am a dancer, so it's my dance that will take me to discover the geography, the demography, the sociology that makes the city being what it is.
In my search for varied territories I lingered on a film: L.A. plays itself from director Thom Andersen.
About the film : Consisting mostly of shots from other films, this documentary discusses the many representations of the city of Los Angeles in film and on television. Professor Thom Andersen compares the city as it exists in real life with its depictions on screen to examine how L.A. and its massive community have been misrepresented over the years. In addition to critical analysis, Andersen explains how directors portray the city itself as a character, and he also delves into L.A.'s dark history.
I watched this movie with a pen and a paper. Instead of letting myself being carried away by the images and the voice of the narrator, I went for researching choreographic elements. I was looking for elements which I could build the dance with.
It was no longer the sense of the scenes that had my attention but their choreographic scope. The hand of the gangster who catches his enemies, the number of steps of a woman at the edge of the pool, the long inspiration of the policeman who smokes his cigarette, the collapse of the body after a gunshot, the tense body of the one who runs after a car...
From this very long list of actions, sensations, spaces, characters was born a score made of dashes. In the studio, we worked on answering each point with a physical proposition. The dance thus shifts dramatically from one world to another, from one action to another, from one character to another, like a cinematographic edit performed by a living character.
The form of "LOS ANGELES" has more to do with cinemathographic grammar than anything else.
In the collaboration with artist Claire Tabouret, we have worked to create on Spenser a new element of fictional projection helping to navigate between genders , ages, energies , with a desire of disturbing the era in which all this takes place .