We are looking for something primitive: a memory from before our birth. Something obvious, we all carry and that evolves within us: the first gestures of the first men. Between art, science and technology, our research tends to a virtual scene of rock art in action. Assuming that the cave paintings are the traces of oral performance or dance rites, they have been used as transmission and communication media for the knowledge of surrounding and environments of the early men (hunting, myth, history, art or religious content, shamanism). Through the scope of these fragmentary traces of history, we are seeking to reconstruct various performative scenarios echoing the paintings of the Chauvet’s cave.
In order to establish the experimental protocol based on the data found in the literature, we work out various scenarios:
- There’s a shaman in the cave, he is giving a cure ritual;
- There is a prehistoric performance group in the cave telling a story to a wider audience;
- Recent discoveries show that some paintings were drawn by the hands of women (Perrin , Snow ). The paintings were perhaps carried by women who were invoking the spirits of the animals to help in the hunt;
- Studies of Iégor Reznikoff  show that in some caves red dots indicate echolocation points (resonance in the cave). Chauvet’s Cave is recognized as a sanctuary rituals were they practiced it? Performers are invited to practice beatboxing, to loop their own body sounds;
- The cave could have been a school of arts. The paintings could have been made out of tracing shadows.
More explorations are to come for the next workshops.
Coordinator-Director: Anne Dubos
Creative directors: Jean-François Jégo (real-time motion capture, visual effects, scenography), Judith Guez (real-time drawings, scenography)
Dance Performers : Sophie Cousinié, Hortense Kack, Giorgio De Martino, Alexandre Aurouet
Assistant Director: Leonor Tournebeuf
Lightning designer: Anne Dubos
Photopraphy: Anne Dubos, Jean-François Jégo
Production: La Fabrique Nantes, Stereolux Nantes, INREV lab. Université Paris 8, mai 2016