Cosmos is a solo created from the encounter between Clément Dazin and Ashtar Muallem, a contortionist and aerial acrobat. Ashtar expresses her self exploration through an emotional and humoristic performance, as if trying to find the energy and spirituality which link our emotions to our body. Clément and Ashtar invite us to visit the intimacy of our spiritual practices. Through the dance and Ashtar’s body, they’ll highlight the existantial concerns of a thirty something city dweller.

Cosmos is a solo performance resulting from the collaboration between Clément Dazin and Ashtar Muallem, a contortionist and aerial acrobat dancer. Clément Dazin invites Ashtar to express her own exploration in an emotional and humorous show, depicting multiple attempts to find spirituality and the energy that connects our emotions to our bodies. They take the audience on a journey through intimate relationships with their spiritual practices and resurface existential questioning of a city-dwelling woman in her thirties, with the aid of the body and dance.

From the sacred to the profane, the engaged and elastic body spirals into extraordinary dimensions, prompting the audience to ponder whimsical thoughts and revealing the paradoxes present in Ashtar’s being in a sensitive and touching manner. Her self-deprecation, weaving between memories and fiction, blurs the lines between what is real and what is invented: the confusion begins…

Taking inspiration from her grandmother’s memories, this solo gradually transitions into an invitation to a clownesque and collective ceremony !

The body that disorients, the mind and body in contradiction. Contortion.

Ashtar’s body is elastic, stretching and contorting, and then she addresses the audience, proposing ideas for ceremonies: making the most virile man in the room cry on stage and collecting his tears for THE ceremony, taking the hair of a virgin for THE ceremony, printing the Facebook photo of someone’s ex from the audience and burning it, collecting the ashes for THE ceremony.

From the presentation of her little stories, Ashtar will move towards the extraordinary, through both text and body. As the performance progresses, her body will drift and take on “paranormal” postures.

Conception Clément Dazin With and by Ashtar Muallem Sound design Gregory Adoir Light and stage design Tony Guérin
Administration, production, distribution La Magnanerie – Victor Leclère, Anne Herrmann, Martin Galamez, Lauréna De la Torre et Sarah Bigot

Producer La Main de l’Homme Coproducers KLAP Maison pour la danse, Marseille With the support of la Biennale Internationale des Arts du Cirque de Marseille