"I have dreamed that all these aspects of timeless, universal femininity will find a place in the tiniest corners of our retinas and ears, echoing the vibrant anima in each and every one of us." Clotilde
Clotilde is a standout singer, flutist, composer, and lyricist who has already originated many projects across the jagged landscape of jazz, from standards to avant-garde. Yet music has proven to be an insufficient medium for her fertile imagination. For when Clotilde dreams, writes, or improvises, images always appear to illustrate her feelings, thoughts, and convictions. Her latest project, XXY [ɛks/ɛks/wʌɪ], deploys a whole range of expressive forms, including music, film, and dance, to finally fulfill her artistic potential.
Clotilde grew up in a family of strong women, and XXY [ɛks/ɛks/wʌɪ] is the result of her reflections on the feminine. This ambitious project has been in gestation since 2014, a time when questions of gender were becoming omnipresent in the spheres of politics, society, and religion. Such a vast subject might appear terrifying to tackle, but Clotilde has been fearless, pursuing a holistic approach through multiple media, to provide an all-encompassing perspective.
XXY [ɛks/ɛks/wʌɪ] takes the form of seven portraits, involving seven films and seven original soundtracks, which combine to form a feminine archetype. Entitled Rhéa, Ruby, Juliette, Ishtar, Magda, Hannah, and Enk'aï, they embody in turn the child, the working woman, the mother, the artist, and the warrior woman, all heroines, both famous and anonymous.
Short texts by Maya Angelou, James Joyce, Gloria Steinem, and Paul Auster echo behind the androgynous bodies of the dancers (France, United States, China) seeking harmony between their masculine and their feminine halves, as they progress through landscapes stretching out in all their beauty, whether horizontally (Iceland) or vertically (the American city).
There are no songs, but murmurs and chants, cries and laughter, over resonating trumpet, oud, piano, brass, and didgeridoo. Clotilde adopts a universal language, opting for the neutrality of bodies, the impressionism of contexts, and the emotional over the analytical.
Combined with an immersive audiovisual installation, XXY [ɛks/ɛks/wʌɪ] draws the spectator into its creator’s psyche, switching between dreamlike fantasizing (a child-like woman scrambling down the dunes), personal questionings (motherhood, the feeling of love), and a deep-rooted conscience (the figures of Simone de Beauvoir and Angela Davis). Clotilde’s investment in this project, which is also a personal quest, is total. She has directed and edited the films and created the musical pieces in collaboration with well-known composers, while the dancers move to the sound of her polymorphous singing. The sum total of issues tackled, and the combined expressive forms, is dizzying.
XXY [ɛks/ɛks/wʌɪ] is a "Gesamtkunstwerk", a "total work of art", a stunning portrait of the feminine in seven facets. One suspects that it is also a self-portrait of Clotilde herself.
released June 1, 2018
Written and directed by Clotilde
Produced by Tzig’Art
With the support of the French Ministry of the Women’s Rights, the SPEDIDAM, the SACEM, the French National Audiovisual Institute, the Simone de Beauvoir Centre
Cinematographer : Florent Bourgeais
Editor : Clotilde Rullaud
Additional editor : Violeta Fernandez
Compositing and calibration : Stéphane Jarreau / Donc Voilà
Titles animation and direction : Bérangère Lallemant
Composers : Fred ‘Parker’ Aliotti, Emmanuel Bex, Grégory Dargent, Tristan Macé, Clotilde Rullaud, Alexandre Saada
Musicians : Fred ‘Parker’ Aliotti, Adèle B., Nicolas Beck, Boris Cacciaguerra, Médéric Collignon, Anne-Lise Clément, Yann Clery, Grégory Dargent, Angelique Debay, Justin Faulkner, Jean-Baptiste Goraieb, Etienne Gruel, Cyril Hernandez, Marie Kuchinski, Albin Lebosse, Jean-Louis Marchand, Antoine Paganotti, Vincent Posty, Laurent Salzard, Clotilde Rullaud, Alexandre Saada
Dancers : BANDALOOP, Marina Chojnowska, Keiko Sato, Shanghai Jin Xing Dance Theatre
Choreography in collaboration with the performers.
Painter : StayReo
Sound engineers : Jean-Paul Gonnod, Mathieu Pelletier, Thomas Pégorier, Bruno Gueraçague / Tabaskko
Documentalist : Laurent Sternbach
Artwork : PianoChrome
Filmed in Iceland, San Francisco and Chicago (USA), Picardie and Montreuil (France)
℗ & © Tzig'Art and Clotilde - 2018