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For this production, Frédéric Flamand joined forces with the Californian architect Thom Mayne, founder of the Morphosis group and, along with Frank O. Gehry, a leading figure in new American architecture. “Silent Collisions” is freely inspired by Italo Calvino’s book “Invisible Cities”, a visionary work open to infinite interpretations. Through the body an approach to the city is developed like a dynamic system made of tensions, ruptures and conflicts. As emphasised by Calvino, other than the exchange of goods there are exchanges of words, desires and memories that shape the city in the same way that architecture and town planning do, and make it “alive”. Hence the concept of a moveable, jointed structure for framing, influencing and responding to the choreography.

A show of startling beauty.
Isabelle Calendre - Le Dauphiné Libéré 8/10/06

“Silent Collisions” is without doubt Frédéric Flamand’s most moving piece.
Agnès Freschel - César 01/07

Flamand has conquered and thrilled the public in his adopted home town. The exuberant and communicative energy of the fourteen dancers he has carefully put together here has struck gold in a rich and diverse show.
Patrick Merle - La Provence 17/06/05

The dance is thrilling, the body movements energetic and rapid.
Carmen del Val - El Pais 20/03/05

The audience gave a standing ovation to the dancers of “Silent Collisions” and to what can now be called “the liberated Ballet National de Marseille”: the date was 16 June at the Théâtre de la Criée. A resounding success.
Raphaël de Gubernatis - Le Nouvel Observateur 14/07/05

Production : Ballet National de Marseille, La Biennale di Venezia, Charleroi/Danses
Coproduction : Het Muziektheater Amsterdam, La Maison des Arts de Créteil, l’Arsenal de Metz.
Avec le soutien du Théâtre La Passerelle - Scène Nationale de Gap.
  • Thom MAYNE
  • Thom Mayne founded Morphosis in 1972 to develop an architecture that would eschew the normal bounds of traditional forms and materials and surpass the limiting dualism of modern and (...)
Artistic adviser : Bernard DEGROOTE
Choregraphical assistants : Cristina DIAS, Hayo DAVID
Musical advisers : Jacques Yves LE DOCTE, George VAN DAM
Light design : Nicolas OLIVIER, Frédéric FLAMAND
Costumes : Annelies VAN DAMME 16 dancers
1h15 mn