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SUR POINTES

Emio Greco I Pieter C. Scholten/ Jeroen Verbruggen

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SUR POINTES

Emio Greco I Pieter C. Scholten / Jeroen Verbruggen

Momentum
concept and choreography Emio Greco | Pieter C. Scholten

Pointless
concept and choreography Jeroen Verbruggen

Is pointe work the expression of ultimate perfection in the evolution of classical ballet? If it were, are we at the end of its evolution? Surely not, pointe work is more than the mastery of a technical skill that takes years to study and continuous work to master. It is part of a larger sociological picture. Originally invented to lift ballet dancers from the ground it enhanced the illusion of weightlessness and to bring them closer to everything that was above: the sky, the stars, God, being able to fly and overcome gravity.

Obviously, all these efforts are only illusions and “make believes”. They illustrate the human ability to put aside reason and factual arguments instead of emotional logic. In connection with this vision, the production is a double bill consisting of one piece from Emio Greco & Pieter C. Scholten and another one from Jeroen Verbruggen.

The program doesn’t take its inspiration from shape or look but from the expression of an inner dialogue to understand in what way point work can be a justified extension to contemporary ballet today.

 

 

 

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Momentum
concept and choreography Emio Greco | Pieter C. Scholten

Il faut que je vous dise que mon corps est curieux de tout et moi: je suis mon corps.

A momentum is a social dynamic around a decisive moment. When bodies come together and are curious about change, they can provide sufficient critical mass and energy to come to a tipping point. Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten take the starting point of the point work to create a piece about balance and change.

Since 2012, Greco and Scholten work with the overarching theme of ‘The Body in Revolt’. In Momentum the body is the blueprint of the revolution. First the body prepares for the turn, the rest will follow. When the body is brought out of balance, it will search for a new way of living. Greco and Scholten consider the theatre as a micro – society where people come together in the moment, in the here and now.

Also in previous work as Le corps du ballet and Extremalism the power of the mass and the body were important sources of inspiration for Greco and Scholten. In Momentum the bodies will come to a change. But what happens next?

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Pointless
concept and choreography Jeroen Verbruggen

Formation, Destabilisation, Elevation, Evolution…

This piece poetically and mischievously tackles the history of classical dance and more specifically that of the pointe, the symbol of elevation.
Marie Taglioni and her Grand Pas de Quatre, the tutu, the classical technique and the male/female relationship throughout the history of ballet all provided inspiration for Jeroen Verbruggen in his conception of Pointless.
Pointless is presented as a succession of playlets, a romanticised and at times absurd exploration of the desire to achieve elevation.
A quest that, from the choreographer’s point of view, is pointless!

pointe: French, feminine noun, from the low Latin puncta, final thrust, from the classical Latin pungere, to prick Tapered, sharp end of an object.
A very small amount of something.
Ironical, hurtful, cutting allusion.

pointless: English, adjective, useless, futile

point(e)less :without a point(e)

pointe: the tips of the toes. Origin French, literally “tip”