Artonik was created in 1992 by the artists Caroline Selig and Alain Beauchet. As they say:
"it was born from a desire to produce an artistic language with everything that constitutes us: first of all there is our grandparents' heritage of our fairground stallholder and of their universe made of proximity and traveling, there is our training in plastic arts, our experiences of acting, producing, composing and music as well as our own sensitivity towards fundamental dramas of life, love, death and exclusion of this everyday life that isn't intelligible anymore... We made a theatre for public areas because it was the only way to mix all those elements and live our destiny..."
Creating for the street is for them all the more necessary and obvious as it corresponds to a real commitment.On the one hand, they want to meet different types of audience and make it live a common experience. Thereby they introduced very early an acting approach in their plastic installations in order to create a special relation based on intimacy and questioning.
They developed a theatrical style made of images and gestures that influences the emotions of the spectators rather then their understanding. They prefer to stimulate the viewers' senses and imagination rather than to deliver a too obvious narration. On the other hand, they want to offer the street an artistic work, which bears some meaning, and create an authentic and sincere language for it.
Hence each project involves a real "laboratory work". They take time for reflection, meeting and discussion, with artists from all domains as well as with people directly concerned with the themes they deal with.
The Compagnie Artonik is located in La Friche Belle de Mai in Marseille. Artonik was present at many international festivals, in Aurillac, Chalon sur Saône, Malta Festival in Poznan, Tollwood in Munich and many many more. The show "Caliente" was presented in Gdańsk during FETA 2001.
Artonik is supported by the DRAC, the French Ministry of Culture, the Conseil Régional Provence Alpes Côtes d'Azur, the Conseil Général des Bouches du Rhône and the city of Marseille.
<font color="#D2CFA8">"Alice: Station 1"</font>
In collaboration with the Students of the Academy of the Fine Arts of Gdańsk and the Youth Creative Club Plama
Author: Caroline Selig
Artistic direction: Caroline Selig, Alain Beauchet
Choreography: Barbara Mavro-Thalassitis
Actors: Pôm Bouvier-B, Céline Naji, Jean-Serge Dunet, students of the Academia of the Fine Arts of Gdańsk and the Youth Creative Club Plama
Year of production: 2003 - 2004
Railway Station Gdańsk
17th August 2003
The company Artonik proposes observation, reflexion and improvisation workshops about different selected themes concerning the railway station's life.
Crosslooks, artistic exchanges implementing the personal esthetic experiences of the 20 participants, including the Students of the Academia of the Fine Arts of Gdansk and theYouth Creative Club Plama, and the company's approach.
Ten days of various and profitable attempts to provide an original artistic proposition, exclusively presented, but just once, at the railway station of Gdansk on Sunday, the 17th August PM. This experience will feed the next creation, Alice in Trainland (temporary title).
"Alice: Station 1" is supported by the AFAA, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the DRAC, French Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Conseil Régional Provence Alpes Côtes d'Azur in the range of the cultural tripartite convention.