Forceful sources of experimentation, bodies are at the heart of "Cultes", a reflection on the phenomenon of festivals, created by (LA)HORDE, a group of artists in charge of the CCN Ballet National de Marseille. Can one still live a spiritual experience amidst these new consumerist sanctuaries? Do spectators succeed in creating their own subversive experience as individuals that collectively form the masses? This film is a hallucinating trip amidst a crowd, a community of bodies bound by their love of music, bodies that dance but that never forget to feel.
What is a body? What is a body that dances? What is a crowd? What is a ritual? Perhaps the (LA)HORDE group of artists has been endeavouring to answer all these questions for several years, via its visual artwork and, in particular, its choreography. The move from stage to cinema enables them to sketch some fascinating answers. Here, they invent a way to inject amidst a colourful crowd (on the occasion of the Eurockéennes Festival in Belfort) these rising characters and dancers who, like lookouts, observe the social laboratory that is offered by a festival. In turn a strictly formal experience, akin to a living artwork, or an on-the-spot documentary, offering a fabulous low-angle shot on the spectators, "Cultes" is a film you live and feel, one that spurs the irresistible desire to indulge in the pleasures of slow-motion stage-diving, whilst screaming one’s newfound freedom.
Programmer and professor