After overseeing the Chahuts festival in Bordeaux (France) for twelve years, Caroline Melon has since presented hybrid, multi-faceted and unique art projects. Although her productions take on a variety of forms (performances, exhibitions, participatory installations, territorial projects), her preferred materials are still language, text and writing that have storytelling based on her experiences.
Her practice therefore adapts to every new situation, but draws on recurring aspirations and working processes, using a method that blends documentary and creation, diverse teams, immersive approaches, and a clear penchant for partying experimentation, games, mystery and surprise.
Member of IN SITU since 2011
Les Tombées de la Nuit metamorphosed in 2003 to become a “young festival” once again. Elected by a team broadly open to the “non-cultural” world, the new Artistic Director, Claude Guinard, took over the programming with his acolyte and artistic adviser from Brussels, Philippe Kauffmann. It was not sim-ply a case of a new coat of paint and some new wallpaper : extensive renovation work was undertaken. The aim: to find new ways of occupying public space and imagining the relationship with the spectator. Combining genres, torpedoing the same old street performances, dynamiting habits and multiplying encounters and inventions, there was no end to his innovations although he always retained the principle that everyone can come and sit at the table. A biting and joyous denial for levellersdown everywhere!
In 2015, the mayor of Rennes distinguished LesTombées de la Nuit for their singular identity, and commissioned them to coordinate the weekly programming of “les dimanches rennais”. A new step and a new temporality which continue to question the concept of festival.
Director : Claude Guinard