Le sixième pas or how to show maturity in a poetic act at the same time as a vital need to invent...

The duet is comparable to the throw of a dice in the sense that everything possible is being brought into play. The nature of the outcome of chance is not in any case as interesting as setting it in motion and introducing uncertainty. Katharina Christl, Frédéric Flamand’s leading improviser at the Ballet National de Marseille, and writer and builder Michel Kelemenis create a place of asides for themselves so that she can give in to temptation and wear pointes for the first time and he can reacquaint himself with the challenge of losing himself in dance – something he has not done for quite a while. It echoes TATTOO which was created by the Marseille-based choreographer in 2007 for five dancers at the BNM in which two women already wore classical shoes, coupled with a reunion with electroacoustic musician Christian Zanési. The original music was written after Kelemenis told the composer of the hypothesis – never realised – of strolling through museums “on a summer’s night when daytime birds continue to sing”, going entirely against nature. In this reinvented darkness, the female dancer and the clockmaker embody the question each puts to the other : freedom rubbing against structure in a restless reflection on control. Together they take a step outside their own journey, one with the other. Because they need to and want to.

This sixth step is one of triumphant desire.

Production – Ballet National de Marseille / Kelemenis &Cie
Creation - 23 June 2012 / KLAP Maison pour la danse à Marseille
  • Katharina CHRISTL
  • Katharina Christl was born in Dresden (Germany) in 1979. From 1990 to 1996, she trains at the Palucca Schule – Hochschule für Tanz in Dresden. Then all through her career and up to now, she (...)
  • Michel KELEMENIS
  • A dancer with Dominique Bagouet, Michel Kelemenis first tried his hand at choreography at the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier. In 1989, he set up his own company in Marseille, while (...)

Music : Christian Zanési
Lighting Design : Alexandre Martre