Drawing on the languages of William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián and Mats Ek, the Vancouver-based choreographer has invited the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet to push their limits. By examining the collective and the place of the individual in the human group, she has infused Body and Soul with a powerful and communicative emotional charge.
The rise and fall of waves, the crash of surf on shore ... The 36 performers draw their energy from opposing elements and transfigure, on stage, the many relationships woven into our lives. In dreamlike settings, this organic dance gloriously retraces the history of humanity thanks to solid dramaturgy and a refined aesthetic. A show that amazes, touches, energizes. Body and Soul.
Source: lestroiscoups.fr (transl.)
PRE-SHOW CHAT (13 minutes)
With Crystal Pite (Choreography, Script) and her Kidd Pivot creative team: Owen Belton (Composer), Eric Beauchesne (Assistant Choreographer), Nancy Bryant (Costume Designer), Jay Gower Taylor (Set Designer), Jermaine Spivey (Assistant Choreographer) and Tom Visser (Lighting Designer)
FILM (80 minutes)
Body and Soul (2019)
Produced by the Paris Opera Ballet, directed by Tommy Pascal
This Digidance webcast is an initiative of DanceHouse (Vancouver), with Danse Danse (Montreal), Harbourfront Centre (Toronto), National Arts Centre (Ottawa), in collaboration with Springboard Performance (Calgary).
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Photo © Michael Slobodian.
Canadian choreographer and performer Crystal Pite is a former company member of Ballet British Columbia and William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt. Pite’s professional choreographic debut was in 1990, at Ballet British Columbia. Since then, she has created over 40 works for companies such as Nederlands Dans Theater I, Cullberg Ballet, Ballett Frankfurt, The National Ballet of Canada, BJM - Les Ballets Jazz de...Read more about Crystal Pite
The Paris Opera Ballet is one of the most prestigious and oldest classical dance companies in the world. Originally, in 1669 and at the instigation of Jean-Baptiste Colbert, the corps de ballet was integrated into the Royal Academy of Music. Today it is part of the Opéra national de Paris. The 154 dancers give about 180 performances per season. The dancers of the ballet have mostly been trained in its own dance school, con...Read more about Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris