“Year One” has been a special and very intense experience, because I lived it from inside the group. If I had lived it as a member of the public, the experience would have been different: I would probably not have grasped the meaning of collaboration and sharing I have as part of the artistic team: a group, precisely. And the latter was the deep meaning of this, my first active experience within The Group.
I lived a fascinating experience, rich in sensations. It enabled me to live the city in a completely different manner, an innovating one. Moreover, it also enabled me to grasp the concept of group in a sensory and animalistic way, as never before. It was a true pleasure to share these moments with such open and benevolent group of people.
I had new impressions of the city, as though places, which I thought I knew, revealed themselves. Guy Debord and the Situationists’ drifts came to my mind.
In this closed space, the movement of my body was automatic, instinctive, among others, sometimes with others. A strange experience that I experienced deeply, intimately, with the heart.
The strange sensation of passing through the looking glass, to enter gently into the poetic dance that is offered to us. A great adventure out of my comfort zone. Thank you!
I lived a great experience, on a physical and emotional level. Joy of evolving in a group of caring, interesting and varied people. I can’t wait for the next experiences!
I can truly say the experience was delightful, and its many unexpected moments will not soon be forgotten. I loved to experience our ability to bond in a shared experience of self-discovery while giving meaning and relationship to an impersonally collective space.
I didn’t know initially what to expect from “Day 4”, and then it has deeply influenced my life in a way that I couldn’t foresee. Thank you for that magical experience!
Day 6 was far more than a simple first meeting and experience with “The Groupe”. This gathering organized around “Fear”, as its main theme, literally changed me. I had met Agathe and knew right off that things would be done with care and benevolence. I therefore decided to be part of Day 6. Like a piece of clothing that doesn’t quite fit anymore, this gathering allowed me to get rid of a fear, my fear. It was thrown into the Seine with all the others. Feeling a little naked, and not quite used to being without it, I cried the vulnerability of this new sensation. Which I finally accepted, and with it a certain clairvoyance took place. I then started to dare things that I had not permitted myself to do lately.
“Day 1” was an intriguingly silent journey. In the beginning, strangers around me, then communication set in through gestures, chalk drawings, and physical contacts. It was quite a thrilling feeling, one of retracing the itinerary from time immemorial as regards the means of communication between human beings, before verb was born.
© Photograph: Noémie Bourdin Habert