14 & 15 MARCH 2015
TNM La Criée
LE CORPS du Ballet National de Marseille
Emio Greco | Pieter C. Scholten
“Throwing your body into the fight”: this phrase from film-maker Pier Paolo Pasolini, a firm favourite with the choreographers Emio Greco and Pieter Scholten, is particularly appropriate for their first creation as directors of the Ballet National de Marseille. How can classical ballet be turned into a playground, or rather a battlefield, where the individual and the group meet? This question is a common theme running through the work of Greco and Scholten who, since they first met, have continually been questioning the limits of classical dance. Here, the arabesque joins the shout, the most famous pas de deux move about in front of a group that is as closely bound as a tribe. The body is both Apollonian and Dionysian. Past and present co-exist and collide with one another, all set to music that is just as energetic and powerful.
Loosely inspired by Elias Canetti’s literary masterpiece “Crowds and Power”, the new work “Le corps du Ballet National de Marseille” is in a way a (first) portrait of the company under Greco and Scholten: a group in which the power of each dancer’s body is promoted to enhance the potential of the whole.
Published on 27 January 2015
BOLÉRO _ TWO
Emio Greco I Pieter C Scholten
with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille
8 & 9.05 2015 - 20h
OPÉRA DE MARSEILLE
In the Two / Boléro programme, Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten are offering Marseille audiences some exceptional performances and the opportunity to discover the essence of their work.
These two shows have already toured the world and won international awards. In Marseille, they will be performed in a special configuration that brings together the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, the Ballet National de Marseille and the International choreographic arts centre ICKamsterdam.
Since the start of their careers in choreography in the mid-1990’s, the new directors of the Ballet National de Marseille have worked on boundaries and the body’s limits. From the outset it was about looking for their own way of creating an aesthetic, social and even political discourse centred on dance. The two pieces performed here powerfully epitomise the essence of their research.
In the first part of the evening, the duet Two is a kind of virtuoso explosion of Greco and Scholten’s approach. Initially created with Greco, the piece is now being performed by dancers from ICKamsterdam. It focuses on the utopia of synchronicity or how to share the same movement in the same space at the same time, with all the ruptures – or rebellions – that are implied. Another essential issue explored in Greco│Scholten’s work.
In Boléro, Emio Greco performs a dance that is as technical as it is volcanic and sensual, confronting Maurice Ravel’s great monument. The virtuosity is skilfully staged in an environment that is minimal, extreme and entrancing. For this one-off performance, Emio Greco is being accompanied by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille.
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Published on 27 January 2015