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Echad Mi Yodea

Echad Mi Yodea

Echad Mi Yodea

Choreography by Ohad Naharin from the Batsheva Dance Company, performed by the Choreographic Cell of the James Carlès Center in 2015.

Echad Mi Yodea

“L’illusion de la beauté et la fine ligne qui sépare la folie de  la santé mentale. La panique derrière le rire et la coexistence de la  fatigue et de l’élégance.”

En hébreu, ce sont les quelques mots d’introduction du mini-ballet Echad Mi Yodea d’Ohad Naharin, le directeur de la Batsheva Dance Company de Tel Aviv.

Echad Mi Yodea ( Qui connait ? toujours en hébreu),  propose un demi-cercle dans la pénombre. Des danseurs sur une chaise, en  costumes sombres et chapeaux noirs, peut-être hassidiques. Une vague de  corps se levant les uns après les autres, qui se tendent comme une  arche, et retombent, sauf un danseur, qui chute. Se penchant en avant,  serrant les poings, le groupe hurle, après chaque remous et toujours en  hébreu, quelques mots familiers de la Pâque juive, sur un arrangement  quasi Drum and Bass, hypnotique, du célèbre chant-titre. Le  ballet de 7 minutes se termine par une déchirure fébrile des costumes,  des vêtements et des dessous, lancés ensuite, ainsi que les chapeaux et  les chaussures, au centre de la scène. Le point d’exclamation en est la  posture finale : les danseurs debout, crus, effrontés dans leurs  sous-vêtements assènent les derniers mots d’un verset hébreu. Il s’agit  très exactement d’une liturgie que l’on trouve dans la Haggadah de  Pessa’h. Elle énumère quelques enseignements du judaïsme, sous une forme  cumulative, qui semble s’adresser aux enfants, de Un à Treize en posant  la question: qui sait ce que un veut dire Un? puis Deux, Trois etc. 

Un, c’est notre Dieu, doit-on répondre lors d’un séder. Puis à Deux, on associe les Deux tables de la loi. A Trois, les Patriarches. A Quatre, les Matriarches. A Cinq, les Livres de la Torah, etc. Le  message, globalement, concerne la libération, physique, spirituelle et  mentale d’un peuple, dans une récitation pouvant aussi relever d’un jeu  de mémoire.

Dorénavant, dans ce ballet ballet éponyme (dont l’audace en creux fit  couler beaucoup d’encre lors de sa représentation dans le cadre des  festivité entourant le jubilé de la création de l’Etat d’Israël 1998) : “chaque  mouvement est chargé de sens, capable d’hypnotiser avec une simple  rangée de danseurs vacillants. A priori insignifiants” assure Ohad Naharin.

Echad Mi Yodea est devenue l’oeuvre la plus connue du chorégraphe israélien.


Source : L'Arche Magasine

Naharin, Ohad

Born in 1952 on Kibbutz Mizra, Ohad Naharin began his dance training with Batsheva Dance Company in 1974. During his first year with the Company, guest
choreographer Martha Graham singled out Naharin for his talent and invited him to join her own company in New York. Whilst in New York, Naharin studied on a scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation at the School of American Ballet, The Juilliard School, and with Maggie Black and David Howard. He went on to perform one season with Israel’s Bat-Dor Dance Company and Maurice Bejarts Ballet du XXe Siecle in Brussels.

Naharin returned to New York in 1980, making his choreographic debut at the Kazuko Hirabayshi studio. From 1980 until 1990, Naharin has presented his works in New
York and abroad and was invited to create works for different companies, including Batsheva, the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, and Nederlands Dans Theater. Simultaneously, he regularly worked in New York with a group of dancers on different projects, together with his first wife, Mari Kajiwara. Naharin and Kajiwara worked together for many years, up to her death from cancer in 2001.
 

Naharin was appointed Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company in 1990 and has served in this role until today. During his tenure with the company, Naharin choreographed over 30 works for Batsheva and its junior division, Batsheva - the Young Ensemble. Alongside his work as a choreographer, Naharin developed Gaga, an innovative movement language intended for everyone. The dancers of Batsheva Dance Company train with Gaga on a daily basis, and it is also taught to dancers and the public worldwide by certified teachers.

Source: Batsheva Company 's website


More information : batsheva.co

Centre Chorégraphique James Carlès, Réalisation

Since 2016, the Choreographic Center James Carlès has made the choice to make available to the public a selection of its videos.

Company James Carlès Danse & Co

The Company James Carles work to the valuation of dance forms from the social traditions and popular in the West. In 1998 James Carles created the dance center and the festival “Dance in Toulouse” showcase this unusual approach, the festival “Dance and Black Continents” established in 2007, is an extension.

In his creations, the company tends to confront various choreographic cultures to other art forms. It also has operations around the research, conservation, transmission, distribution and public awareness.

In 2015 the company changes its name and becomes the Dance Company Carles James & Co.

www.jamescarles.com

 

 

Echad Mi Yodea

Choreography : Ohad Naharin - Transmission Bosmat Nossan et Yanv Avraham (Batsheva Dance Company)

Interpretation : La Cellule Chorégraphique

Video conception : Centre chorégraphique James Carlès

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