Ready! (made)
Season 2021-2022

Now that the very notion of time has become relative, we need to ask ourselves a fundamental question: will the future consist only of new inventions? In the increasing flux of ideas, so many of them never come to fruition. Often, certain ideas are left at the sketched-in stage, like photographic negatives which have not yet been developed.

Perhaps it would be better, in the end, to contemplate instead to look at what has gone into our present: the past. Again, it is quite relative. And this idea of contemplation is also important, especially since it is through the eyes of the spectator that the work is completed. It can even be changed, affected, depending on the moment or the light surrounding the work.

It is for this reason that for this season we choose to look at what exists, some of the things that are around us, available to us, but have not yet been presented to others. We will be exploring the reconstruction of works from the past which are still relevant today. We are also looking at revising forgotten things which deserve to be brought back out into the light. With – in the middle of all that --an invention which will make us re-evaluate our relationship to time itself. We spent a long time thinking about all of this; during the pandemic we looked at the concept of creating things: now it is time to act. And we are ready! At least we think so.

Programme 1

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 8:00PM
Thursday, November 11, 2021 - 8:00PM
Friday, November 12, 2021 - 8:00PM
Sunday, November 14, 2021 - 3:00 PM

Opéra national de Lorraine (Nancy)

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.

Choreographers Petter Jacobsson and Thomas Caley together with collaborating artist Tomás 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.

Program 2

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 - 8:00PM
Thursday, March 3, 2022 - 8:00PM
Friday, March 4, 2022 - 8:00PM
Sunday, March 6, 2022 - 3:00 PM

Opéra national de Lorraine (Nancy)

This program is designed as a cross-over between the past and the present, with a restaging of a classic from Trisha Brown and a brand-new creation of a young choreographer well anchored in the present.

On one hand we have Twelve Ton Rose, created in 1996 by the Trisha Brown Dance Company. The piece is inspired and constructed around the music of Anton Webern and features extracts from several opuses for strings that disrupt the movement, creating a surprising choreography that dives into the affinity between the american choreographer and the Austrian composer. On the other hand we have Decay, a very modern piece where Tatiana Julien explores the idea of slowing down, as a reaction to the world’s ever-increasing pace. A return to the notion of taking time - an idea often negatively viewed - and a welcome celebration of idleness.

Program 3

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 8:00PM
Thursday, May 19, 2022 - 8:00PM
Friday, May 20, 2022 - 8:00PM
Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 3:00 PM

Opéra national de Lorraine (Nancy)

Indicative of the 1920’s, Les Ballet Suédois was a ballet company that could equally be seen as an art project, full of enthusiasm, optimism for the future and social discourse. During just five short years they created over twenty works collaborating with a myriad of prominent visual artists and composers. What we hope to capture is this almost frenetic interest in contemporary ideas. In 2014, Petter Jacobsson and Thomas Caley already made their first research into the Ballet’s rich past with Relâche. For this new encounter they have decided to celebrate the Les Ballet Suédois’s centennial.
The focus of this “soirée” is not in the reconstruction of original works but in creations that are in dialog with the company’s body of work, history and epoch. Through referencing and certain quotations we would like to immerse the public in this very dynamic time and place – Paris in the roaring 20’s.

For the evening we are excited to invite three choreographers, Dominique Brun, Volmir Cordeiro and Latifa Laâbissi all with intense interests in the performative aspect of dance and an exacting relationship to the plasticity of space. In the tradition with this decadent epoch the evening promises to be a feast for all the senses.