On stage, a « ring » not used as a place of combat and death, but as a space of inner life in which the individual is expressed outside the group and mechanical society.
On the stage four barres form a boxing ring in the middle of which the dancers dance frenetically. It is not a place to fight each other, but more of a space for expression in which the interpreters show their lack of insecurity and are facing themselves. When this ballet was created one could hear : « let’s be inspired machines ! ». Here, it all ends up with an apotheosis on a square lawn, as if to show a preference for Nature instead of the adoration for machines that futurists had in the twenties.
created on 17th December 1996
at l’Esplanade de Saint-Etienne
music Georges Antheil
choreography Thierry Malandain
set and costumes Jorge Gallardo
lighting design Jean-Claude Asquié
duration of the entire ballet 15’
ballet for 12 dancers