Habeas Corpus Compagnie, created in July 2012 by Julien FOURNIER, takes its name from the English order of ‘habeas corpus’ which, in the Middle Ages, guaranteed the citizen not to be imprisoned without trial. Habeas corpus, from Latin ‘that you have body’ (in front of a judge), is nowadays the fundamental right to dispose of one’s body (meaning against any abusive arrest). This statement is the founding act of our artistic approach and gives the body a central position as a creative vehicle of expression, a space of freedom, claim, strangeness and plasticity.
REVERSO (2014) is the first act of this approach, it explores the chameleon body, like a material that can be transformed at will. Free not to freeze his pace in order to constantly evolve his relationship with others, with objects, vertically and horizontally. REVERSO received the MQVE AWARD quality label 2015 and performed in Denmark as part of the Waves festival.
BEFORE MANKIND THERE ARE ONLY SURFACES (2016) is the company’s second opus. In the form of a short dramaturgical essay, it is a resonance of a physical journey with two chairs, miniature landscapes and a voice-over text. The text, a reconstruction and distortion of fragments of lectures (taken from the internet) dealing with architecture, is as much a “pretext subject” as it is an attempt to give meaning in the light and dark.
BURNING (I did not die and yet no life remained) (2018) continues this approach and this time anchors it in the real world through a burning theme of current events. To the dramaturgical research of Avant l’Homme and the plastic, poetic and acrobatic research of REVERSO is added a documentary dimension, in search of a circus that can be both performing (differently) and political.