Designed so as to allow us forget for some fifty minutes the past year’s challenging moments, Thierry Smits is back with his new creation in toe just in time for this year’s summer solstice. 2020 was unquestionably a traumatic experience on an international scale unseen in our time. Despite this, we have been witnessing everyone’s astonishing willingness to stay in touch and to connect. And all this without ever losing that wish: “I hope to see you again.”
Summertime is at once thus an opportunity to come together again and a showcase for a research project whose central themes are solar and chromatic warmth, the amplitude of movement and the human relationships nourished by it.
Here, Smits, a master craftsman in contemporary creations on the borderline between dance and performance, proposes a powerful comeback to choreography focussed on movement. In order to achieve this, he has assembled a top-notch ensemble that is hardly new to the domain. Created for five dancers and five musicians from all over Europe, the piece bring together seven nationalities. There are two additional key scenographic ingredients: light and colour. Musicians and dancers move around on a white carpet, whose drawing power and way of reflecting light contribute to constructing a vibrant and lustrous universe.
The radiant energy emanating from this piece is underpinned by a musical creation directly inspired by a baroque repertoire. The ancient sounds that accompany the dancers’ bodies will at times be interpreted by The WIG Society Chamber Music Ensemble quintet, while at other times in wrapped in Jean-François Lejeune’s outright contemporary electronic composition.
Coproduction: Charleroi danse, La Coop asbl and Shelter Prod, Théâtre-Varia
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