Ici'bas Company

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BIO of the CIE

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ICI'BAS

Performers in contemporary dance and circus, Christine Daigle and Mathias Reymond created the Company Ici'bas in 2015. The company, based in Sainte-Croix in Switzerland, has the project to promote the interdisciplinarity of the performing arts. Through diverse collaborations and with Constance Bugnon, a new member in the core of the team since 2019, the company traces her path between alternative venues, nature, cities and the black box of theaters. The diversities of forms, contexts and mediums enriches the process to treat and question common themes such as the relation we have with nature, with our nature and with each other.

Duo project combining dance and circus designed for the city and its architecture, rediscovered by the performers. A time where the passerby can stop and take a deep breath of fresh air. With this first proposition, the company was able to share its work in over 50 festivals in a dozen different countries. The show receives the jury prize from the contest Mais Imaginarius in Portugal and the prize Best performance of emerging company in Umore Azoka, Spain.

Original artistic object, on the edges of dance, circus, theater, and performative installation. An immersive and contemplative land art. A long and engaging performance that unfolds in large outdoor natural spaces: prairies, hills, and forests. A piece bringing the audience far away from the cities into the nature for 4 hours between day and night. This migration orchestrated by 8 performers treats the subject of private property, appropriation and exile.

Dancing trio, both electric and sensual, where an ardent partnering work meets a refined circus composition exempt of artifices. A piece for atypical venues and theaters. An ode to desire, sensuality and to our devastating need of tenderness. The title's irony convey the image of these deserted American landscapes where we wander on this long solitary highway. A simple but strong visual environment accompanied by an original electro-music composition where the dancers evolve between humain warmth and post-traumatism. 

A Cultural Investigation Haven. If medical research is obviously essential to find solutions to the ongoing crisis, we believe that research in other fields is just as important, and therefore support must be given to the reinvention of the usual means of production and distribution.

Our pandemic theater is a theater of research. Open-air research, accessible to all, meeting new audiences. Research to humbly continue to harbor our shared mythology and create a crisis mythology. Le HIC is an ephemeral artistic laboratory that took place from August 21st to September 11th 2020 in Yverdon-les-Bains in collaboration with the Festival Le Castrum. A laboratory of utopias. Social utopia, artistic utopia, ecological utopia. 

A new proposal for public space is now incubating. An hybrid, surprising and adaptable quartet gliding between the boundaries of dance, circus and theater (spoken, physical and clown arts). A proposition that will question our constant quest of material confort, ultimate pleasure and entertainment. A creation where we will revisit our usual production patterns in order to reflect on the production of shows in their globality, as well from an economic, ecologic or social standpoint. A project with a conscious and responsible approach.

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CHRISTINE DAIGLE

After fifteen years of classical ballet training and a college education in photography in Montreal, Christine found her way into contemporary dance. She began her professional training at the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal where she graduated in 2014. During her studies, she worked professionally as a dancer in the opera La damnation de Faust by Robert Lepage (CA). Since her graduation, her career has started with O Vertigo Company (CA). Her growing interest for acrobatic movement will be nourished and developed by the foundation of the company Ici'bas, who's aim is to combine dance, circus and performative arts. She also collaborates as a flyer and dancer with circus companies such as Cirqu'en Choc with the creation Scintilla (CH), with the director Claudel Doucet in the piece Que nous soyons (CA) and Un loup pour l'Homme in Rare Birds (FR).

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MATHIAS REYMOND

Born in Switzerland, Mathias obtained his diploma in 2012 from l’École de Cirque de Québec in Chinese Pole and as porter in Icarian Games. After his graduation, he co-founded and performed in the circus collective À Sens Unique. Throughout his work with the collective, he was involved in different projects such as Les chemins invisibles with Cirque du Soleil, the opera La damnation de Faust of Robert Lepage (CA) and the G.O.P. Variété (DE). In 2015, he co-founded the company Ici'bas, who's aim is to combine dance, circus and performing arts. Hungry for art, he's particularly interested in movement research, either in floor acrobatics, in partnering or on his chinese pole. He develops his research through his company and independent projects such as Scintilla from the company Cirqu'en Choc (CH), Le Songe d'une nuit d'été from the theater Le Trident (CA), Que nous soyons from the director Claudel Doucet (CA) and Bosch dreams from the 7 doigts de la main (CA).

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CONSTANCE BUGNON

Born in Switzerland, Constance discovers circus very young. At 15, she joins the professional circus school of Quebec where she specializes in chinese pole. Attracted by creation and new experiences, she co-founded the circus company Collectif A Sens Unique in May 2012. After graduating from school in 2015, she took part in the Circus Starlight tour and participated in the First International Youth Circus Festival in Mongolia, and received the Best Performance Award. She continues her journey and joins various projects such as; Control a contemporary dance piece from the Company Idem and the 17th FINA Worlchampionships Closing Ceremony. She works with the Compagnie Ici'Bas, where she is hired as an interpret for the show L'envers (2016 tour). Through these different experiences in circus and dance, Constance is particularly interested in the fusion of contemporary arts.

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