• LJHELM*(acronym of "le jeune homme et la mort" - Celebrating youth
    Création 2017

    No work is done by one man alone.
    His wound is only a passage
    Which widens in other men’s humanity
    As if to inspire actions to make up for it.
    - Joë Bousquet

LJHELM*(acronym of "le jeune homme et la mort" - Celebrating youth

LJHELM* (acronym of "le jeune homme et la mort")
Celebrating youth

Creation 2017
Choreography piece for 3 men

The presence of death linked to youth pervades current events. This situation existed during another period, the First World War, which we commemorate and because of which we continue healing the wounds.
More than ever, apprehending reality and questioning our times seem urgent in order to understand. We do this by using “le jeune homme et la mort” (1946) as a starting point, a piece about which Jean Cocteau said: “it is a mute piece in which I try to render words and cries in gestures”. This is the project’s challenge today.

With this title in the form of an oxymoron, the subject of this creation is the reality of this particular battle: the battle of three young men, in turn or together on stage, with, as backdrop, the telescoping of histories, be they personal, dance, or world history. Built to the elating music by Maurice Ravel (originally created for dance!), enriched by personal tales and elements of historical archives, this piece acts as a multiplier of references, places and performers.

“LJHELM*(acronym of le jeune homme et la mort)” is the story of the death of 27000 soldiers on August 22, 1944. It is the story of the 114 Théron women and men who died for France in 1914 /1918, it is the story of Joë Bosquet, the story of the victims of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, as well as those of the Bataclan on November 13, 2015. I wish to exorcise these facts by finding artistic ways to resurrect them and banish the fear and pain. “le jeune homme et la mort” is a resilient piece which defines and invents a world of resistance, and in which fiction is created through playful and tragic moments.”

Didier Théron
November 2016 

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For possible work residencies, we will particularly work at linking territories and institutions interested in this project: the schools of the cities of Sedan, Carcasonne, Mende, Montpellier and the Aude region.

Bridging these experiences are possible openings, in order to develop imagination, provoke situations, and invent choreographic scores in space. We will bring historical facts, images, circumstances, and events together, as well as different archives dealing with these events. All information we gather will nourish the artistic work with the dancers and will be shared in any work residency.

A suggestion for an evening length performance of “LJHELM*(acronym of "le juene homme et la mort")”, followed by the choreography “SHANGHAI BOLERO Triptych / THE MEN”, repertory piece for three men with Ravel’s musical score “Bolero” (Montpellier Danse Festival 2011 production).


Festival « Mouvements sur la Ville » - Montpellier
Festival « Navigarte » - Pisa, Italy  
Zawirowania Festival 2017 - Warsaw, Poland


Archives de l’Hérault / pierrevives - Montpellier


Choregraphy : Didier Théron
Artistic collaboration : Michèle Murray
Music : Maurice Ravel – Musical score " Daphnis and Chloé " – 1912 / London Symphony Orchestra - Claudio Abbado
Interpretations : Sami Blond, Thomas Esnoult-Martinelli, Filipa Correia Lescuyer
Duration : 55 minutes 01