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