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From escapism to hyperrealism, from the creative to the political, fiction has an immersive power we cannot resist. Like a great dance partner, it has the potential to sweep us away from the everyday. History has proven we are addicted to this continued reinventing of our reality through the make believe and the creation of unimaginable fabrications.
Our 20/21 Season consists of seven new creations that celebrate dance’s invented, constructed and unreal nature. This theme allows us to weave our way from historical references to the very current, acknowledging and illustrating our insatiable thirst for the art of fiction. How relevant this subject feels in times when we are touched by such extreme circumstances that encourages us to question, and in some cases to re-imagine our existence.Tickets
Two generations of choreographers with crossing, but yet very different artistic paths share in our first program of the season, Loïc Touzé with NO OCO and Maud le Pladec with STATIC SHOT. Even after the over 200 creations this company has produced throughout the years, with each new creation the “naratives” get created and the anticipation mounts and mounts for the premier, the lights dim. What awaits?
For Loïc Touzé’s piece NO OCO the collaborative process is utterly intertwined with the final form. Loïc plunges into the hollow of a studio - a place of ritual of study of heightened sensibilities. In close dialog with the dancers he explores how a gesture becomes the collective experience, harvesting the rhythm that allows the passage of movement to dance. Stepping into the world of Maud Le Pladec is to enter an intense place ceaseless in its corporeal and choreographic research. For STATIC SHOT she explores a cinematographic form that uses a fixed frame shot, in which movement and what is seen never stops. Exploring the notion of pleasure and ecstasy the performers bodies are plunged into a sort of continued state of climax.Reservation
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In 1954 Yves Klein proposed a ballet entitled, “LA GUERRE” (de la ligne et de la couleur) or (vers la proposition monochrome) – “The War” – (between line and colour) or (toward the monocrome). Although the manuscript is incomplete and was never staged, it had some clear musical, visual, and scenic intentions; ones that reflected a moment in history and yet still continue to be extremely relevant. On paper La Guerre was a grandiose, scenic manifestation of his physical and performative reflections on his art’s immateriality. Klein was a boundless creative energy, great influencer and participating member of the ZERO group. He was referred to as a modern mystic, and creator of air architecture and whose fanciful ideas even led him to his iconic leap into the void. Because of his energetic physicality, in his art practice as well through his Judo training, and his interest in the ephemeral, the fact that he proposed a “ballet” seems like a clear continuation of his creativity.
Air – Condition takes inspiration from Klein, animating ideas and concepts of the immaterial ephemeral experience he was so passionate about. There is a current and pressing relevance in the subject of the immaterial in light of the current state of our society. How are we engaging with our environment? How do we make visible the currents, vibrations and colours of our atmosphere in the search of a “less” material world? Choreographers Petter Jacobsson and Thomas Caley together with collaborating artist Tomas Saraceno, set to l'île re- sonante by Eliane Radique, want to make visual the resonating vibrations that surround us daily. Saraceno’s work has throughout his career questioned how we may inhabit the “air”, through his interest to remove our dependence on fossil fuels to the intricate systems of spider web construction. In this we can see a heritage of ideas and concepts passed down from Klein and his generation. Air – condition is a new creation that re-imagines questions posed by Yves Klein in 1954. What further sensibilities lie out there in the void? Lets take the leap and find out. The project is in collaboration with the Pompidou Metz and their exhibition Le ciel comme atelier – the sky as atelier.
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