Season 2012/2013

La saison de La

Why is it called La dance but Le ballet? Is there something more masculine about ballet or more feminine about dance? Is there a feminine art/dance?

Through this season, I also wanted to ask - Is it possible to free us from preconceived ideas of what “ ballet”, “dance”, ”performance” or “female” is?
In curating my first programming season for the Centre Choregraphique National - Ballet de Lorraine, I quickly noticed my choices for artists where predominately women. I also found putting together a season inspired by female dance makers was not a difficult task. The field has evolved, developed and grown and is (almost) no longer dominated by male choreographers. This is a time to celebrate the diversity that exists within the female artists, and their collaborators, working in the medium of dance.
The sole idea was not to represent a manifestation of feminism, but to present a tour de force of contemporary dance art. The season connects the multifaceted and diverse dance practices from the now well-established movement of performance to classical and contemporary dance.
In choosing from the vast number of artists I have approached the programming with a playful, experimental mind-set that challenges the conventional notion of what a contemporary dance company is supposed to be and do.
It is also about looking at dance programming, and it's history, from new angles – as not to standardize our dance narrative.
I find it important and interesting to look at our seasons with a revisionist attitude. I hope people can experience dance of today as a time that is certainly not predictable or boring, where an experimental atmosphere prevails and the intuitions and impulses of dance makers are trusted. 

Welcome !

Petter Jacobsson

La Ribot / Mathilde Monnier

Choreography : La Ribot 
Music : Clive Jenkins

Objets re-trouvés
Choreography : Mathilde Monnier
The sound score derives from excerpts of music from the choreographic repertory of the Ballet of Lorraine : A.S. Tüür, I. Stravinsky, E. Lalo, J.S. Bach, W. Riegger, D. Shea

Twyla Tharp / Gisèle Vienne et Etienne Bideau - Rey

In The Upper Room
Music : Philip Glass
Choreography : Twyla Tharp

Choreography : Gisèle Vienne et Etienne Bideau-Rey
Original music : Peter Rehberg with the exception of one song created and interpreted by Tujiko Noriko on a music arranged by KTL (Stephen O’Malley & Peter Rehberg)

Ingun Bjørnsgaard

Choreography : Ingun Bjørnsgaard
Music : Geir Jenssen