Dance and the individual. Dance through the collective spirit of a ball. The individual torn between the conflicting desires of merging and being free. Stories which begin like muffled cries.
In order to give meaning to the range of Danses, Danse, Dans (Dances, Dance, Within), Bal Solitude summons three contrasting musical worlds - groups dancing to the rhythm of 1950s mambos, sensual and inventive duets expressing the soul of dance accompanied by Mozart’s adagios, and highlighting the individual to the twelve-tone score of Hungarian composer Gyorgy Kurtag. The stage design is an aquarium where the dancers move like schools of fish, yet solitary at the same time.
Performed on 2 June 1997 at l’Esplanade de Saint-Etienne
Music Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gyorgy Kurtag, Perez Prado, Celia Cruz, George Gershwin
Choreography Thierry Malandain
Set and costumes Jorge Gallardo
Lighting design Jean-Claude Asquié
Full length of the performance 60 minutes
Ballet for 12 dancers
Dancers Giuseppe Chiavaro, Patrice Delay, Valérie Hivonnait, Isaïas Jauregui, Lyane Lamourelle, Carole Philipp, Adriana Pous Ojeda, Thierry Taboni, Brigitte Valverde, Sean Wood
Video by Georges Flores, June 1997