THE MANNHEIM PIECES
Choreographic piece for four performers
Creation 2021 - February - Ein Tanz Haus Mannheim, Germany
The project :
The desire that drives me for this upcoming creation is the association of three artistic "sources": the work of German photographer August Sander (1876 -1964), whose photo series "Faces of an era" transcribed the image of early 20th century Germany, the rhythmic compositions of the percussionist Joel Allouche, and the Ode to Joy - fourth movement of the Symphony No. 9 by Beethoven.
The interest shown by Daria Holme, director of the EINTANZHAUS in Mannheim since December 2020 - following the cancellations of the November performances – in continuing our collaboration enabled finding a way to work together on the concrete project. The international workshop from February 22 to 27, 2021 which took place in the form of a videoconference between the stage of the Eintanzhaus and that of the Pôle de Développement Chorégraphique was a concrete step in beginning
this creation, bringing together online the live forces of the company dancers in Montpellier, as well as the Mannheim and Warsaw dancers, whom we had become acquainted with during our former projects.
The choreographic research will deal with dances strongly linked to rhythm, and detached from any aestheticism but with the aim of developing energy. This will be done together, beginning with the performers’ individual explorations. I also wish to share the work of August Sander with the dancers and with Laurence Alquier, costume designer, in particular on Sander’s way of seizing the uniqueness of each person in these portraits through pose and clothing.
By choosing to tackle the scores by Joel Allouche as well as Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”, after having choreographed Ravel’s BOLERO or AC/DC's music for EARTH, I wish once again to approach dynamics and choreographic choices, which were already present in important pieces of our repertoire, such as "Les Locataires" or "Harakiri" for example, but this time in a different relationship to the music.
Montpellier the 16th February 2021
This choreographic piece for four performers will undergo several steps of creation from 2020 to 2021 between Montpellier, Mannheim and Warsaw.
Ein Tanz Haus MANNHEIM
Institut Français Deutschland / Bureau du Théâtre et de la Danse BERLIN
Ein Tanz Haus - MANNHEIM
Pôle de Développement Chorégraphique Mosson / Montpellier - MONTPELLIER
Artistic direction : Didier THERON
Artistic consel : Michèle MURRAY
Music : Joël ALLOUCHE
Performance : French, German and Polish performers to be auditioned
Technic : Luc SOUCHE & Nicolas EVESQUES
Light design : Didier THERON
Costumes : Laurence ALQUIER