« Archée is a research on women’s place across the planet, nowadays and throughout history. This choreographic and musical project questions symbolic, political, social and intimate equalities between women and men, from – contemporary or ancestral – initiation rituals that mark out people’s journey.

The root of this creation takes place in 2017 in Japan, while I was in residence in Kyoto, at the Villa Kujoyama for 4 months. I met a group of women practicing Kyudo, a Japanese traditional art of archery (litt “the way of the bow”). I was struck by the place, seperated between the covered space from which women fired, and the one, grassed and illuminated by the moon and the night, in which the arrows darted towards the targets. Women referees responded with shouts to women archers. Here was a place, ancestral rules and rituals invested and shared by women, which figured a world without men, and which I perceived as a fiction : a place of the past or a novel of anticipation. A hint for matriarchy.

Coming back from Japan, I started a research on “mentrification”, a term which blossomed on the internet a few months ago. This neologism refers to the “invisibilisation” of women in history. For centuries, even millennia, women were deprived of the recognition of their knowledge, their inventions, and the fruits of their researches.

I envision Archée as a piece of anticipation on the very old question of matriarchy as an alternative organization of the world. This project is strengthened by a feminist and environmental thought and wishes to recall the vertigo of our origins and our uncertain future. It aims to explore the history of the world and to invent rituals of reappropriation of female gestures that have disappeared from the official history of humanity.

I am working with 9 women, dancers, singers, musicians; coming from different horizons (Israel, Sweden, Chili, Taiwan, Chili, France …) on modes of uprising which will find their anchor in fiction, into bodies armed by the bow and by dance, songs and crafts. 

Archée aims to overcome reciprocal adversity, and recalling the equitable memory allows us to repair, to rearm together the future of men and women.”


Mylène Benoit


Mylène Benoit presents the show “Archée”, scheduled for the 75th edition of the Avignon Festival in July 2021. A meeting moderated on January 12, 2021 by Michel Flandrin, organised by videoconference from the FabricA Avignon.



  • With Célia Gondol, Hanna Hedman, Sophie Lebre, Agnès Potié, Marcela Santander Corvalán, Tamar Shelef, Wan-Lun Yu, Bi-Jia Yang (alternately)
  • And the musicians Pénélope Michel, Annabelle Playe
  • Conception, choreography Mylène Benoit
  • Choreography Mylène Benoit with Célia Gondol, Hanna Hedman, Sophie Lebre, Agnès Potié, Marcela Santander Corvalán, Tamar Shelef, Wan-Lun Yu
  • Live music Pénélope Michel et Annabelle Playe, Anne-Laure Poulain
  • Dramaturgy Céline Cartillier
  • Sound dramaturgy Manuel Coursin
  • Artistic collaboration Magda Kachouche
  • Artistic assistant Lilou Robert
  • Light design Rima Ben Brahim
  • Sound technique Fred Marchant
  • Costume design Frederick Denis, assisted by Louise Dael
  • Accessories Maeva Cunci
  • Sharing of voice and body practice Emilie Domergue (Cri et voix saturée), Marie-Pascale Dubé (Chant de gorge), Laurence Oriou (Kyudo), Nina Santes (voice and body practice), Corine Sombrun / TranceScience Research Institute (Transe)
  • Technical direction Caroline Carliez, Greg Leteneur, Franck Titecat, 
  • Production manager Fanny Virelizier
  • Administration Sarah Calvez
  • Production, diffusion, communication Camille Martin-Sermolini
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  • With the voices of Anna Agafonova, Vibanghi Ameta, Claire Bisman, Céline Cartillier, Eva Deligiannidis, Marie-Pascale Dubé, Florence Gravas, Yuika Hokama, Magda Kachouche, Michèle Kachouche, Pierrette Le Berre, Delphine Lermite, Elaine Liu, Camille Martin-Sermolini, Marianne Pichonnat, Marie Pons, Justine Pluvinage, Anne-Laure Poulain, Tamar Shelef, Pin-Wen Su, Fanny Virelizier
  • Production Contour Progressif
  • Coproduction
  • Festival d'Avignon
  • Le phénix scène nationale Pôle européen de création à Valenciennes
  • National Theater Concert Hall (NTCH) (TAIPEI, Taiwan)
  • Théâtre du Beauvaisis, Scène nationale de Beauvais
  • Les Quinconces et L'Espal, Scène nationale du Mans
  • VIADANSE- Direction Fattoumi/Lamoureux - CCN de Bourgogne France-Comté à Belfort
  • L’échangeur-CDCN Hauts-de-France
  • La Manufacture CDCN Nouvelle-Aquitaine Bordeaux · La Rochelle
  • Maison de la Culture d’Amiens Pôle européen de création et de production
  • L’empreinte, Scène nationale Brive-Tulle
  • Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse
  • Centre Chorégraphique National Roubaix Hauts-de-France – Sylvain Groud
  • Théâtre des 13 Vents CDN de Montpellier
  • Abbaye de Maubuisson avec la Villa Kujoyama
  • Festival NEXT
  • Le Gymnase CDCN Roubaix – Hauts-de-France
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  • With the support of : 
  • Région Hauts-de-France, Drac Hauts-de-France, Institut Français, Métropole Européenne de Lille, Ville de Lille, Art Zoyd et pour la 75e édition du Festival d'Avignon : Spedidam
  • Acknowledgments Claire Bisman - Sage-femme, Catherine Boucher et les pratiquants du club de Kyudo du Mans, le Comité National de Kyudo, Charlotte Fouchet-Ishii - directrice de la Villa Kujoyama, Carole Fritz - directrice scientifique de la grotte Chauvet, Florence Gravas - philosophe, Claire Harsany – conseillère, Ministère de la Culture de Taïwan, Tokiko Ihara - musicienne de Sho, Gaëtane Jonnequin - sage-femme, Cho-Pei Kao - National Theater & Concert Hall Taiwan, Masako Kotera - chargée de mission culturelle, Villa Kujoyama, Anne Leroy - sage-femme, Pierrette Le Berre - enseignante d’histoire-géographie, retraitée, Meryem Le Saget, Elaine Liu – National Theater & Concert Hall Taiwan, Pi-Chen Liu - ethnologue, spécialiste des sociétés matrilinéaires aborigènes de Taïwan, Ana Mendieta - painter, Sumiko Oe-Gottini - conseillère artistique pour la Villa Kujoyama, Laurent Pirard - chargé de communication CNKyudo, Cyril Seassau