For more than 20 years, Camille and Manolo have been striving, through the Centaur theater, to erase boundaries, to re-establish social ties with the community by giving access to their exceptional work with horses. We went to meet these utopian artists from Marseille. At the gates of the Calanques National Park, not far from the Baumettes prison and the city of Cayolle, in one of the most contrasting neighborhoods of Marseille. It was the dream of Camille and Manolo to become “Centaurs”. These strange creatures, half men half horses, seem to have come straight out of the world of myths.
“The first time I met the Centaurs, they crossed the door of the Baumettes prison to go dancing with prisoners” says director Marie-Claude Treglia. “They were Camille and Manolo and their two sublime black stallions, Silence and Indra. Camille-Silence, Manolo-Indra … The scene made prisoners, prison staff, neighborhood neighbors and all the spectators who saw it on their screens shiver with emotion. And to wonder: “How do we get to this moment of grace?” At this level of training, this osmosis with the animal, but above all how do we push the walls of a prison as closed as the Baumettes? How do you find partners who are crazy enough, too, and determined to take up the challenge? ” We follow these Centaurs at work, erasing borders and breaking social ties. And follows them to the end of the world where they radiate Marseille as we rarely show it.