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EXTREMALISM - the strenght of a creation

EXTREMALISM - the strenght of a creation

EXTREMALISM - corps en révolte / lichaam in opstand

The international dance production Extremalism is a multi-disciplinary piece performed by 30 dancers, 24 from Marseille and 6 from Amsterdam. This large scale anniversary production crowns 20 years of collaboration by the choreographers’ duo Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten. Extremalism celebrates its double premiere in the Netherlands and France, in the Holland Festival and as the opening piece of Montpellier Danse.

Extremalism is about the way mankind responds to today’s crisis. What does a body do in an extreme situation ?
Or by contrast, how does it survive in a very minimal setting ? Extremalism is among the most ambitious and extensive pieces in the works of Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten. With 30 dancers on the stage in times of scarcity and cut-backs, the piece is a celebration of contemporary dance and the power of the body.

Source : Ballet National de Marseille

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Greco, Emio

Emio Greco was born in 1965 in Brindisi, a port in southern Italy, into a modest peasant-farming family. A classically-trained dancer, he spent three years at the Rosella Hightower Centre in Cannes before joining the Ballet Antibes Côte d'Azur. But it was while dancing with Jan Fabre, from 1993 to1996, that he revealed his fabulous talent as a performer. Marrying his instinctive and spontaneous approach to the figurative and visual world of Jan Fabre, Emio Greco savoured this taste for “the skin of the animal”, this fragile and violent creature cowering within us which rebels against the rules that safeguard harmonies and disciplines. In 1996 he joined the Karas company, run by Japanese choreographer and sculptor Saburo Teshigawara, for whom the body is a sculpture brought to life and which its maker animates in space and light, a genesis impregnated with spirituality and oriental aesthetics. There is no doubt that Saburo Teshigawara conveyed to him the idea of the specific potential which, according to him, lies in the transience of this art: dance is born of the acute awareness of what is and what will be. Having absorbed the wealth this fine and incisive choreographic culture, Emio Greco undertook his own choreographic and research project in parallel after meeting the director Pieter C. Scholten in 1995, relentlessly searching for new ways to allow the body's wisdom to express itself.

With Pieter C. Scholten, he founded the company EG | PC in Amsterdam, which works on a triple principle of contemporary creation, interdisciplinary exchanges – within the framework of International Choreographic Art Center Amsterdam (ICKamsterdam) which they also founded and which houses their company – and teaching, provided by the Accademia Mobile. Experimental in its principle (Bianco, Rosso, Extra Dry, a trilogy, 1996-2000), the dance of Greco and Scholten has been developing since 1998 around the concept of Double Points, short pieces which are similar to the events of Merce Cunningham. Their dance also appropriates traditional heritage, through a tetralogy which explores Dante's Divine Comedy – the first three parts being Hell (2006), then Popopera and In visione ([Purgatory], 2006-2008) – and through the rediscovery (and reinterpretation) of Bach, whose St Matthew Passion inspires the music accompanying the solo by Emio Greco in In visione.

Source : Maison de la Danse 

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EXTREMALISM - the strenght of a creation

EXTREMALIMS Le force d'une création - The streght of a creation

Artistic direction / Conception : Emio Greco, Pieter C. Scholten

Choreography : Emio Greco, Pieter C. Scholten

Interpretation : Danseurs du Ballet National de Marseille

Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy : Jesse Vanhoeck

Stage direction : Pieter C. Scholten

Set design : Emio Greco, Pieter C. Scholten

Original music : Valgeir Sigurðsson

Lights : Henk Danner

Costumes : Clifford Portier

Settings : Studio Stallinga

Technical direction : Henk Danner

Sound : Pieter C. Scholten

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Ballet National de Marseille, ICKamsterdam, Holland Festival, Festival Montpellier Danse 2015, Napoli Teatro Festival, Maison de la Culture d’Amiens

Production / Coproduction of the video work : Ballet National de Marseille

Duration : 1h30

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