The magnetic José Navas orchestrates a powerful and moving ritual about the passage of time. A series of solos set to classical and jazz music, the piece also includes a magnificent performance of the renowned Rite of Spring. A must-see.
Dancing life… until death
The charismatic José Navas celebrates turning fifty with a rite of passage. Once again he is an open, unpretentious presence onstage, revealing the fragility of a man aware of his finite existence. In a series of solos performed to the music of Schubert, Dvořák, Nina Simone, and finishing with a flourish to the music of Stravinsky, he reflects on the road travelled thus far as he reaps the fruits of maturity.
An Amazing Rite of spring
In this solo, which premiered in 2013 at the Concertgebouw Brugge with the musicians of the Brussels Philharmonic, José Navas proclaims his abiding passion for dance in a brilliant performance where he offers his three visions of the figure of the Chosen One. His dance is minimalist, yet ready to explode. It vibrates with the forces of nature before dissolving the feminine and the masculine in a conflagration of the soul, an unveiling of the body and exhaustion. A powerful, troubling and captivating ceremony that probes the fascination of the performing arts for sacrifice.
“I happened to be creating this solo at the same time that I was finishing my version of Giselle for the dancers of Ballet BC in Vancouver. Both these works feature characters, Hilarion and the Chosen One, who dance to death” notes the choreographer. “I find it so much more interesting to concentrate on the notion of sacrifice in the Rite of Spring that I sometimes go beyond my limits in the name of art. Changing costumes in front of the audience is also a sort of comment on this personal sacrifice, as I shift many times from the character to the performer who appears as a simple citizen.”
Three ways of living a passion.
A native of Caracas, Venezuela, José Navas moved to New York before settling in Montreal, where he created his first choreography in 1991. Four years later he founded Compagnie Flak. An exceptional dancer, he pursued his career by creating moving solos, the basis of his success. In his group pieces, he has progressed from theatricality to pure movement and total abstraction. Over the past five years he has also made headway in the world of contemporary ballet, receiving commissions from companies such as Ballet BC in Vancouver (where he was choreographer in residence for three years), the National Ballet of Canada and the Staatstheater Mainz in Germany.
Choreographer, Dancer José Navas. Lighting Design Marc Parent. Technical Director Pierre Lavoie. Costumes Sonya Bayer. Fabrication L'Atelier de Couture Sonya B. Music A. Dvořák, F. Schubert, N. Simone, I. Stravinski.