L’art de conserver la santé
by Ondine Cloez
“The whole school of Salerno wrote for the English king:
If you want to be healthy, if you want to remain sound,
Take away your heavy cares, and refrain from anger,
Be sparing of undiluted wine, eat little, get up
After eating fine food, avoid afternoon naps,
Do not retain your urine nor tightly compress your anus.
Do these things well, and you shall live along time.”
L’art de conserver la santé is an artistic study of Regimen Sanitatis Salernitanum – A Salernitan Regimen of Health. This 13th century anonymous text consists in a series of recommendations on how to stay in good health: what to use frequently and what to avoid.
In our interpretation of Regimen Sanitatis Salernitanum, we are three performers, singing, dancing and speaking. We bring back to life what our ancestors would have done to stay healthy and at the same time question our relationship to the past and what we see as long forgotten.
L’art de conserver la santé is hybrid project that exists in different formats: a stage version and site-specific version that can tailored to context (walks, guided tour, etc.)
© Margot Videcoq
© Ondine Cloez & Anne Lenglet
3.06.2023, Théâtre du Beauvaisis, Scène Nationale, Beauvais, France
6 & 7.05.2022, Théâtre de Poche, Hédé-Bazouges, France
26 & 27.04.2022, La Grange, Centre/Arts et Sciences/Unil, Genève, France
21 & 22.02.2022, Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, France
15 > 19.02.2022, Les Brigittines, Centre d’Art du Mouvement de la ville de Bruxelles, Belgique
27 > 30.05.2021, Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers/ Festival d’Automne, Paris, France
13 > 18.10.2020, Théâtre de la Bastille/Festival d’Automne, Paris, France
08.2020, Festival far° de Nyon, CH annulé/covid
A proposal by Ondine Cloez
Interpretation Ondine Cloez, Clémence Galliard, Anne Lenglet
Light Vic Grevendonk
Artistic and music collaboration Clémence Galliard, Vic Grevendonk, Anne Lenglet, Jaime Llopis
External view Marine Bestel
Production Entropie production
Diffusion and tour production Arts Management Agency – France Morin et Anna Six
Co-productioned by Festival d’Automne à Paris, CDCN Atelier de Paris, CCN Le Phare – Le Havre, Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Théâtre de la Bastille, Les Brigittines – Centre d’Art du mouvement de la Ville de Bruxelles, far° Nyon, CDCN de Grenoble – Le Pacifique, Service de la Création artistique de la Fédération Wallonie – Bruxelles
Supported by Buda – Courtrai, Vooruit – Gand, Honolulu – Nantes , Le Pic – Saint-Jean des Ollières
The Department of Seine-Saint-Denis supported the creation of this work.
Ondine Cloez (1979) is a French choreographer and performer based in Brussels. She began by training in classical dance at the National Conservatory of Grenoble. In 1998, she moved to Brussels and studied at P.A.R.T.S. for three years. She participated in the Ex.e.r.ce training at the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier, in 2002.
Since then she has worked as a performer for Mathilde Monnier, Laurent Pichaud, Linda Samaraweerova, Marcos Simoes, Sara Manente, Jaime Llopis, Randy Carreno, Rémy Héritier, Antoine Defoort & Halory Goerger, Grand Magasin, Jocelyn Cottencin, Loïc Touzé, Gaël Santisteva…
In 2009, she co-signed with Sara Manente and Michiel Reynaerts the video Some Performances and the in situ project Grand Tourists.
In 2018 she created her first piece, the solo Vacances vacance and L’art de conserver la santé in October 2020. In the wake of this creation she proposes a declination for outdoor La Ballade des Simples.
In 2020 and 21, Ondine Cloez is artist in residence at the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers. Starting from the 13th century work, L’art de conserver la santé, she multiplies the proposals in arborescence: a choreographic piece, walks and visits, conferences extending her reflection on health and the Middle Ages.
In 2022, in collaboration with the dancer, actor and choreographer Kotomi Nishiwaki, she began research for a duet The first word of the poem of the first collection is basket.