Inspired by the myth of the Holy Grail, this “danced tale” in the spirit of the Russian choreo-dramas from the dawn of the 20th century, broaches the question of environmental, mental and political ecology.
While Thierry Smits usually prefers that dancers incarnate concepts, here, they are also actors engaged in a theatricalized story. The characters involved, a royal couple and three knights, evolve against a deliberately narrative soundtrack that oscillates between contemporary compositions and techno or Celtic music. During a feast, the queen is offended. She loses her taste for dance; her subsequent unhappiness instigated sterility throughout the land. Powerless, the king summons three knights who embark upon different quests, culminating in a fight with the dragon and succeed, together, in making the queen dance once again. The monarch and the kingdom are thus resurrected. The choreographic language eclectically combines a gestural language akin to pantomime, classical accents, dance steps inspired by Celtic folklore and contemporary ruptures.