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Julien Carlier / Cie Abis


Creation June 2021 - 50'


DRESS CODE is rooted in a relationship with reality, and in the concrete nature of a practice : breakdancing.

The piece is constructed as a dive into the closed universe of the training room, highlighting the bodies of these dancers and their experiences. The spectator is invited to observe this microcosm.

Choreography Julien Carlier Creation & interpretation Fabio Amato, Nouri El-Mazoughi, Audrey Lambert, Benoît Nieto Duran, Jules Rozenwajn Dramaturgy Fanny Brouyaux Music Simon Carlier Light design Julien Vernay Set design Justine Bougerol Costumes Marine Stevens Movement Coaching Helder Seabra Distribution BLOOM Project

Production Cie Abis Coproduction Théâtre Les Tanneurs, Charleroi danse, Centre chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Theater Freiburg and La Coop asbl With the support of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Service de la Danse, de Shelterprod,, ING and Tax-Shelter of the Belgian federal government With the help of the Centre culturel Jacques Franck, Zinnema and Le Grand Studio

DRESS CODE is a dive into the complex world of breakdance and its rituals. Through a choreographic device made of jumps, runs and technical movements, the show presents the dancers in their positions of strength and weakness and reveals the psychological and physical mechanisms inherent to this discipline.

DRESS CODE - as a metaphor for the set of rules of self-presentation that must be respected in order to belong to this community - shows another facet of the breakdance world, inconspicuous from the outside.

It questions the specificity of each individual on stage and the singularity of this dance. By giving 5 young dancers the opportunity to talk about their practice, Julien Carlier stages individuals and their experiences, the self-sacrifice they had to show while in the concrete time of the performance, in front of the public, this attempt to surpass themselves and this quest for approval are replayed. What drives this pure technical prowess? The choreography, close to a ritual, dissects the codes of breakdance and shows both the strengths and weaknesses that are hidden behind this discipline.

Descriptif DRESS CODE


Three CL, Luxembourg (Mo)


Cultural Center of Huy (Be) (TBC)




Theater Les Tanneurs, Brussels (Be)


​Charleroi-Dance (Be)


Jacques Franck Cultural Center, Brussels (Be)


Pays de Danse Festival, Welkenraedt Cultural Center (Be)

07 16/07/2022

La Manufacture, Festival Off, Avignon (Fr)

(Relâche 13/07) - 15h25


Theater Freiburg (De)

11 13/01/2023

Théâtre Les Tanneurs, Bruxelles (Be)

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