wet Songs

Beauty Glow Tanning Studio – Épisode 3

Nina Santes – associated artist

© Aude Arago

Wet Songs is the 3rd creation of the Beauty Glow Tanning Studio cycle. This cycle of creations is strongly influenced by the theories of feminist science fiction, and is inspired by Fiction-panier by Ursula Le Guin or even Histoires de Camille by Donna Haraway. Through their works, these authors and theorists propose to escape from “history that kills”; the one that exhausts our resources and dries up our imaginations, the one that isolates, distances, freezes our bodies by sublimating the apocalypse. They view science fiction as a tool for creating alternative visions for our world. Their “living stories” speak of metamorphoses, mutation, symbiosis, alliances, inclusion, anti-capitalism, decolonial practices, extinction of patriarchy… With Wet Songs, I would like to weave stories, songs, dances, which come from liquid worlds. The fiction of the piece will be based on water as an entity, as a medium, as a transformative and gestational environment. In our imaginations, we will swallow the Beauty Glow Tanning Studio to the bottom of the waters, it will become a vestige of itself. What figures, what gestures, what rituals, what voices emerge from the abyss? If water spoke, what would it tell us today?”
— Nina Santes

Conception et chorégraphie Nina Santes ∎ Réalisation et interprétation 6 chanteuses danseuses musiciennes (rencontres en cours) ∎ Création lumière Annie Leuridan et Louise Rustan ∎ Création sonore (rencontre en cours) ∎ Composition des chants et direction chorale (rencontres en cours) ∎ Régie générale Matéo Provost ∎ Production La Fronde ∎ Coproduction Centre chorégraphique national ¾, Le Manège, scène nationale-Reims. Nina Santes bénéficie du dispositif Artiste Associée mis en place par le Ministère de la Culture, au Centre chorégraphique national ¾ de 2021 à 2023. Nina Santes ainsi que La Fronde sont également associés au Manège – Scène nationale de Reims, de septembre 2021 à juin 2024.
Design and choreography Nina Santes ∎ Production and interpretation 6 singers, dancers, musicians (in progress) ∎ Lighting creation Annie Leuridan and Louise Rustan ∎ Sound creation (in progress) ∎ Composition of songs and choral direction (in progress) ∎ General management Matéo Provost ∎ Production La Fronde ∎ Co-production Centre chorégraphique national ¾, Le Manège, scène nationale-Reims. Nina Santes benefits from the Associated Artist system set up by the Ministry of Culture, at the Centre chorégraphique national ¾ from 2021 to 2023. Nina Santes as well as La Fronde are also associated with the Manège – Scène nationale de Reims, from September 2021 to June 2024 .

Practice day with Nina Santes

Saturday November 4, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. / 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

at CCN¹

— Admission free, reservation necessary

As part of the Beauty Glow Tanning Studio creation cycle, Nina Santes invites you to take part in an immersive experience, in which the participants and the “hostesses” – the choreographer and the one of her collaborators – will mix artistic, aesthetic and ecological practices, to “detoxify a little” from the violence exerted on bodies and living things. Dance-singing workshop, DIY, conversations, sensory experiences… for a whole day, immerse yourself in the current research for the 2nd part of the cycle: Wet Songs, a choreographic and musical piece for 6 performers, which will be released in 2025.

Nina Santes
makes her stage debut as a puppeteer. Since 2008 she has collaborated as a performer with many artists. She is the author of choreographic and musical pieces, including Désastre (2012), in collaboration with the composer Kasper Toeplitz, Transmorphonema, a duet with the choreographer Daniel Linehan, and Self made man (2015). In March 2016, she co-signed a duet in collaboration with Célia Gondol: A leaf. In 2018, she created Hymen Hymne, a choreographic and musical creation for 5 performers. The same year, she received the SACD New Choreographic Talent Prize. In 2020, she created République Zombie, a creation for three performers. She also created (Though a silent orchestra, they were full of) ELEGIES, a sound and choreographic performance for the voice of a child and a group of traditional singers, for the MIR Festival - Athens. In 2021, the Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon invites her to create a solo, LA VENERINA, for the dancer Elsa Monguillot. In 2022, she opens a new cycle of creations, Beauty Glow Tanning Studio. This cycle is made up of three episodes: Peeling Back (solo, creation 2023), Deep Deep Down Detox (installation-performance, 2023/2024), Wet Songs (collective piece 2025/2026).


  • End of residence

    wednesday 6 march 2024

    Manège de Reims
    Wet Songs by Nina Santes
  • Event

    saturday 4 november 2023
    11h - 13h / 14h - 17h

    Practice day with Nina Santes