“Abstractly constructed, this choreography in five movements unfolds in a space framed by barres evoking a dance studio. A place where the dancers become actors in their own story. You can imagine them having their daily lessons, rehearsing a new show or scrutinising the mirror as if to read the future in it. Everything begins in a kind of initial chaos; groups are formed, and then pull apart to reform further along in the expectation of a sign that will give meaning to their vitality. It suddenly appears from afar and positions itself centre stage where a trio of artists start executing an enigmatic number at the barre. A duo follows, enabling the stars to confront each other in a feigned rivalry. When they move away, a dancer crosses the stage to stage left where the barres – now parallel – await him. His tightrope solo is interrupted by the arrival of five girls. Five points of a star indicating a number the ancients associated with harmony and rediscovered order. This happens in the fifth and last movement from Steve Reich’s Sextet whose title bears the number of Creation but also uncertainty, because the sixth invites you to choose. This is the reason the dancers abruptly leave the stage space, running into the distance to question the future.”
A true work of art !
Jacques Freschel - Zibeline, 20/11/08
The wonderful thing about “Sextet” is seeing virtuosity at the service of simplicity and difference. It’s not an ensemble piece any more, but a dance that can be enjoyed on many different levels.
Karim Grandi-Baupain - César, 12/08