Two well-known choreographers Angelin Preljocaj and Rachid Ouramdane, each with their own precise style, deal in a creation for the National Choreographic Centre of Reggio Emilia with some extraordinarily interesting themes, and not only artistic ones. The transformation of the body with age, the concepts of beauty and virtuosity, the self-representation by each of us of our own age.
Ageing is not a problem for the actor, the writer or the visual artist: on the contrary, we often see expressive palettes enriched. But in dance, which is an artistic and universal language, are we perhaps anchored (and limited) by the same conception of performativity as in sport?
Senior performers (dancers and non-dancers): this is the artistic heart of a broad project that addresses a theme from the point of view of dance. To the proposal to create beyond certain boundaries, the two choreographers responded with their own generosity, curiosity and intellectual energy. Unlike other important experiences, which have extended their careers to nuclei of dancers, in this project the objective is poetic, and crystallises truly universal questions. The central one is suggested to us precisely by Preljocaj: what is the age of a body?
The performance is an international co-production, and opens up to the dimension of research, workshops and meetings dedicated to the theme, thanks to its scientific partner: the Fondazione Ravasi Garzanti in Milan.
A co-production that brings together important theatres and companies, in addition to the Ravasi Garzanti. With the Centro Coreografico Nazionale di Reggio Emilia / Compagnia Aterballetto there are the Ballet Preljocaj (Aix-en-Provence), Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse (Paris), ERT/Teatro Nazionale (Modena), Fondazione I Teatri (Reggio Emilia), Centro Servizi Culturali Santa Chiara (Trento).
Nominee for FEDORA – VAN CLEEF & ARPELS DANCE PRIZE 2022
Co-funded by the European Union’s CREATIVE EUROPE programme
(Fedora crowdfunding campaign from 23 September to 30 November)
OVER DANCE (working title)
Choreographies Angelin Preljocaj, Rachid Ouramdane
Production: Centro Coreografico Nazionale / Compagnia Aterballetto (Reggio Emilia)
Supporter and scientific partner: Fondazione Ravasi Garzanti (Milan)
Coproduction: Ballet Preljocaj (Aix-en-Provence), Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse (Paris), ERT/Teatro Nazionale (Modena), Fondazione I Teatri (Reggio Emilia), Centro Servizi Culturali Santa Chiara (Trento)
In partnership with Comune di Reggio Emilia and Farmacie Comunali Riunite
Première: 15 February 2023, Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse, Paris
(performances on 16-17-18-21-22-23/02)
1-2-3-4 March 2023, Pavillon Noir, Aix-en-Provence
10 March 2023, Teatro Storchi, Modena
12 March 2023, Arena del Sole, Bologna
March 2023: Trento and Bolzano
New creation (to be defined)
Choreography Angelin Preljocaj
Lighting design Eric Soyer
Costume design Eleonora Peronetti
Dancers Mario Barzaghi, Sabina Cesaroni, Patricia Dedieu, Roberto Maria Macchi, Elli Medeiros, Thierry Parmentier, Marie-Thérèse Priou, Bruce Taylor
For 8 dancers – 35 min. circa
What is the age of a body?
This question has been with me like a mantra for some time.
Does a body have different ages: the biological one or the one related to the practice of its activity? The age that others give or the age that one perceives?
This enigmatic question bounces back with each new wrong answer.
I thought the best way to ask it, like setting the table for a dinner of enlightened minds, would be to work with people who have had the privilege and, in a way, the good fortune to live through different eras. These people, over the age of 60, who instinctively echo Spinoza’s phrase ‘the soul is a thought of the body’…
In this choreographic research, trying to grasp this question is tantamount to asking what thought generates these bodies, which is why I would like to meet a wide range of personalities without necessarily turning to dance professionals.
I am embarking on an adventure that could be a journey into the interstices that mark the times of human life.
Angelin Preljocaj, April 2022
Un jour nouveau
Choreography Rachid Ouramdane
Original music Jean-Baptiste Julien
Luighting design Stéphane Graillot
Dancers Darryl E. Woods and Herma Vos
For 2 dancers – 15 min. circa
There is no dance without a body and there are no bodies that do not age. Questioning the transformation of the dancer’s body over the course of a lifetime, I wanted to look at the notion of ageing through three prisms.
First of all, the ageing of the body, choosing two performers who have had a career as professional dancers and are now retired. For this duo, it is about embodying an awareness of the effects of age on the movement of their bodies.
Furthermore, I wanted to address the ageing of a dance movement by placing this piece in the world of music hall and more specifically tip tap. How did this discipline, a veritable social phenomenon that we were under the impression would endure over the centuries, fall into disuse today, while remaining anchored in popular culture and regularly revisited and updated?
Finally, since romance often permeates the music hall in one way or another, this piece will be an opportunity to address not the ageing process, but rather the evolution or maturation of a relationship.
Rachid Ouramdane, April 2022