Gesächt + Tutuguri (2016)

Flora Detraz

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Tutuguri is the final part of the sound piece To Have Done With the Judgment of God, performed by Antonin Artaud for radio in 1947. Artaud delivers his poetry like a ritual, in which the language, more than significant, expands and takes on a performative and incantatory character. This transformative movement from meaning to sensation is what Flora Détraz’s focuses on, proposing a dissynchronicity between micro-movements and sounds, some which escape, others which lend themselves to the relationship with the gesture. In this game of perception, the body is “inhabited by whispers, animal growls, children’s noises, alien sounds, conversations and spasms”, which confuse it and expand to other dimensions. Tutuguri is preceded by a prologue, Gesächt, which explores the codes of representation through the figure of an opera singer, a decadent diva.


Flora Détraz By and with
Arthur Gueydan Lighting
Anaïs Dumaine Artistic collaboration
PLI Production
Materiais Diversos (Pt), PACT Zollverein (De), MA Scène Nationale Montbéliard (Fr), Relais Culturel de Falaise (Fr), CCN de Caen (Fr) Coproduction
Ramdam, un centre d’art (FR), Alkantara (PT), Espacio Azala (ES) Art residencies
DRAC Normandie, Institut Français du Portugal Sponsors

Tutuguri received the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation grant for artistic creation in 2016.
Premiere: 16 September 2016, Festival Materiais Diversos, Minde.

Flora Détraz (Paris, 1988) has studied dance and literature, attended the course directed by Maguy Marin (CCNR, Lyon) and participated in the choreographic research programme PEPCC (Forum Dança, Lisbon). As a performer she has worked with Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Miguel Pereira, Laurent Cèbe, Cédric Cherdel and Sara Anjo. She began creating her own pieces in 2013.


Throughout two long weekends, dance returns to the auditoriums of the Foundation with the performance of two dozen works created over recent years with support from the Gulbenkian and with some making their very first appearance in Portugal. Program selection under the curatorship of João dos Santos Martins.


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