Présentation

In 1990, Thierry Smits interpreted his first choreographic work himself. Its title, translated as “Falling with Grace”  functions somewhat like a seductive oxymoron given how challenging, even impossible, it is to fall with any semblance of grace.

 

Distance is at once installed with the resolutely elegant and often vapid aesthetic tendencies of certain forms of dance which approach the various themes with a view to respecting harmonic criteria. Just as with any other artistic expression, dance can afford the privilege of showing disarray, terror and violence without pretence, and this piece leads us further along this path. Performed in a 4 x 4 meter sandbox, the solo’s dramaturgy is based on the myth of Icarus and structured in three sections: the labyrinth, the flight and ultimately the fall. This laborious quest for freedom is hindered by the sandy ground whose instability forces the dancer to re-establish without success an equilibrium that keeps slipping away. Visually, this exploration triggers a succession of jumps and falls to music with an intense and sustained rhythm, it continues with arm movements and a constantly compromised quest for poise against a sonic background of brass instruments. It culminates with a hallucinatory and frenetic spinning that the dancer accomplishes by throwing the sand all around him, leaving an ultimate impression of a dizzying, swirling and never-ending turmoil.

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Dates

In 1990, Thierry Smits interpreted his first choreographic work himself. Its title, translated as “Falling with Grace”  functions somewhat like a seductive oxymoron given how challenging, even impossible, it is to fall with any semblance of grace.

 

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1990/03/08 08 > 17.03.1990 Halles de Schaerbeek Brussels
1990/03/22 22 > 23.03.1990 De Beweeging Anvers
1990/06/15 15.06.1990 International Dance Week Festival Zagreb (CRO)
1990/06/18 18.06.1990 Trafo Budapest (HU)
1990/06/27 27 > 28.06.1990 Montpellier Danse Montpellier (FR)

Distribution

— Mise en scène

Antoine Pickels, Thierry Smits

— Chorégraphie et interprétation

Thierry Smits

— Idées et dramaturgie

Antoine Pickels

— Musique

Steven Brown

— Coréalisation musicale

Drem Briunsma, Nikolas Klau, Paul Zahl

 

— Avec la participation de

Luc van Lieshout, Peter Principle, Ivan Georgiev

— Batterie solo

Paul Zahl

— Scénographie

Damien De Lepeleire

— Lumières

Marco Forcella

— Costumes et technique

Isabelle Van Peteghem

 

— Production

Compagnie Thor

— Coproduction

Montpellier Danse 90, en collaboration avec les Halles de Schaerbeek

— Avec le soutien de

Ministère de la Communauté française de Belgique - Service Musique et Danse; Commissariat Général aux Relations Internationales de la Communauté française de Belgique, Tournées Art et Vie, Plan K

— Avec l'aide de

Winterthur Insurances

 

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