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    Dionysos' Last Day / Stigma © M. F. Plissart
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    Dionysos' Last Day / Stigma © M. F. Plissart
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    Dionysos' Last Day / Stigma © M. F. Plissart
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    Dionysos' Last Day / Stigma © M. F. Plissart
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    Dionysos' Last Day / Stigma © M. F. Plissart
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    Dionysos' Last Day / Stigma © M. F. Plissart

Dionysos' Last Day / Stigma

Synopsis

Two choreographic works that answer each other, with dance as their only subject and apparently sole purpose.  The choreographer opposite the group and the individuals’ updates in movement are pretexts for two choreographic experiments with Thierry Smits back on the stage and Johann Sebastian Bach in the role of DJ.

Can one still dance and choreograph today?  That is perhaps the question that links the two parts of the evening.  Smits answers this question – which has given rise to ‘pleas of non-danceability’ on many European stages in the past few years – with a resolute ‘Yes’, in two different ways.


In Dionysos’ Last Day he gives his answer by choreographing the choreographic act and dancing himself – something he has not done, if we overlook a few rare performances, since his first solo, La Grâce du Tombeur.  In the confrontation between ‘this very bad 40-year-old dancer’, as he describes himself, and a group of brilliant young performers he gives voice to all the possibilities, doubts and dead-ends of sculpting in bodies.  The tension between the group and its disbanding, between mobility and immobilisation, are the two main axes of this work’s choreography, which carries the work’s emotional charge all by itself.

In Stigma (in French:  ‘a light-sensitive spot in certain protista’’, in English and Dutch:  ‘mark left by a wound’, ‘brands or signs of disgrace or subjection’ or even ‘marks resembling the wounds on Jesus’ crucified body said to have appeared on the bodies of certain mystics’), the choreographer gives seven dancers the floor for a dizzying carrousel of gestures marked by the diversity of their individual personalities and common urgent need to dance.  All possibilities are explored, often in virtuoso, amusing and fun ways, if the bodies’ momentary exhaustion is not absent.  The accumulation of gestural propositions nevertheless creates a whole that connects in its multiplicity.  Johann Sebastian Bach, who is called in after the choreography, lends the dance some excerpts from ‘The art of the fugue’, which take on an almost pop character.

Press

Press

"…Thierry Smits' creation for his Company Thor actually consists of two pieces and he has taken for its inspiration –pure and simply- dance. Rare over here to see someone take the plunge these days to create a truly inspired piece, and this is a risk well taken and with such a strong team of dancers it succeeds."

Jason Beechey – Dance Europe, April 2003

"…The dance that is presented here is both pure and loaded, and creates strong images that answer to their dazzling intensity and remind us, through the use of big sheets of paper, of the choreographic essence of the lines traced.’’

Marie Baudet – La Libre Belgique, 13/3/2003

"…Through a multitude of sculptures created with bodies and paper, Dionysos' Last Day is packed with strong images… Stigma is a moment of pure pleasure for the eyes with a final sequence full of humour and complicity with the audience. A real treat, revealing the true choreographic talent of the author.’’

Jean-Marie Wynants - Le Soir, 13/3/2003

Tour

Tour

Première 11–29/03/03

Théâtre Varia

Bruxelles (BE)

02/04/03

CC Westrand

Dilbeek (BE)

25/04/03

CC De Velinx

Tongres (BE)

16/05/03

CC de Werf

Alost (BE)

06/11/03

Stadsschouwburg

Brugge (BE)

20/11/03

CC De Spil

Roeselaere (BE)

02/12/03

Schouwburg

Tilburg (NL)

11/12/03

CC Leuven

Leuven (BE)

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