Choreography : Itamar Serussi
Music : Hector Berlioz
Premiere March 5, 2015, at the Opera National de Lorraine
Choreography, Set design : Itamar Serussi
Rehearsal Director : Luca Cicati
Music : Hector Berlioz, La Symphonie Fantastique
Costumes : Itamar Serussi and costume department of CCN - Ballet de Lorraine
Lights : Ate Jan Van Kampen
Rehearsal director : Isabelle Bourgeais
This new creation by Itamar Serussi for the CCN - Ballet de Lorraine proposes a contemporary immersion into the romanticism of Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique.
In this major musical work, the expressiveness of the orchestra is without precedent. The music exudes beauty, elegance, the pastoral, darkness and even the diabolical. The compositional dynamic was itself a revolution in the art of orchestration, and it is this force that has influenced COVER. By choosing this music, Itamar Serussi was interested in the confrontation between, the music’s romantic and dramatic atmosphere, depicting the early 1800s and his own individual, strongly seductive, contemporary corporality. The different ambiances in each of the five movements of the Symphonie Fantastique create the platform for discovery in COVER. The form and structure of the choreography highlights the existing dramatic tension evoked by the musical composition and with this, the piece embarks on a journey from the melancholic to the euphoric, finding itself navigating between conflict and harmony.
Itamar Serussi Sahar
Itamar Serussi Sahar was born in Israel in 1978. He began studying dance at the age of 15 at the Israeli Dance Academy, and in 1998 he began dancing with the Batsheva Dance Company.
He has been developing his own style since 2006, experimenting with going beyond physical limits by using humor and improv and is also trying to move beyond the limitations of a certain tradition in dance. His work can be defined as playful, light and elegant all at once. All his works are the result of a true synergy between his creative team, his dancers and himself.
From 2010 to 2012, he was the associate choreographer at the Danshuis Station Zuid of Tilburg in the Netherlands. He created several works there: Phenomena, Undo, Ferrum, Lust and Mono, which was nominated for a Swan Award for the best dance production of the 2011-2012 season at the Nederlandse Dansdagen in Maastricht.
His works have been presented in London, Llubljana, Paris, Prague, Brno and in five Finnish cities. Itamar Serussi has also created works for companies in Graz, Copenhagen, Antwerp and the Hague.