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Yuval Pick’s perception of the music of Nico Muhly manifests itself through its structure, a sort of scaffolding which he aims to bring to life. Muhly’s music creates spaces in which to dance. The structural starkness of Muhly gives place to a process of research which can be nearly anthropological. The duo which Yuval Pick is creating is focused on the idea of unveiling the nature of movement, to an archaic form of energy, accenting a Dionysian expression.

The movement focuses on the body’s center. Peripheral movements are cast aside, opting instead for an internal movement drive centered more in the torso and pelvis. The work is structured based upon this idea of a dynamic which follows our breathing patterns. More than the breath of the movement, it is the rhythm of the movement which structures the shape of the piece and the dialogue with the musicality of the body.

The musical structure is a launching point for Pick’s research into the musicality of the movement. During the creative process, Nico Muhly’s score is alternately woven into the process, then totally left out. The two rhythmic structures, musical and choreographic, have their own internal, singular life, allowing a rich exchange of dialogue between them.


Choreography : Yuval Pick

Advice : Sharon Eskenazi

Dancers : Anna Massoni and Madoka Kobayashi

Piano : Marion Jacquard // from September 2014, the pianist is Wilhem Latchoumia

Music : Nico Muhly 
Drones & piano (part I, II, III- 8th tune, IV) and Finale 

Lights : Nicolas Boudier 

Costumes : Aude Bretagne and Pierre-Yves Loup-Forest


Production : CCNR / Direction Yuval Pick

Coproduction, creation and residency : Les Subsistances


Centre Chorégraphique National de Rillieux-la-Pape / Direction Yuval Pick is sponsored by Culture and Communication Ministry - DRAC Rhône-Alpes, Région Rhône-Alpes, city of Rillieux-la-Pape and Département du Rhône.

Pick, Yuval

Appointed director of the Centre Chorégraphique de Rillieux-la-Pape in August 2011, Yuval Pick has had a long career as a choreographer, a dancer and a teacher.
He first trained at the Bat-Dor Dance School in Tel Aviv, then joined the Batsheva Dance Company in 1991. Four years later he left to begin working as an international guest artist with, among others, Tero Saarinen, Carolyn Carlson and Russel Maliphant.

In 1999 he joined the Opera Ballet of Lyon, and founded his own company, The Guests, in 2002.
Since then he has created a strong repertory of works marked by their elaborated, layered movement vocabulary, accompanied by commissioned scores by ranking composers.

In his work the relationships between individuals and group(s) are often highlighted and challenged.

He created Popular Music (2005), Strand Behind (2006) for the Agora Festival (IRCAM) and the National Conservatory of music and dance (CNSMD) in Lyon, /Paon/ (2008) for the Junior Ballet in Genève and 17 drops. In 2010, he created Score and then The Him for the Junior Ballet of the National Conservatory music and dance (CNSMD) in Paris and the trio PlayBach at the invitation of Carolyn Carlson.

In 2012, No play hero, with the music of David Lang and Folks for the Biennale of Danse in Lyon. Then, two creations in 2014, the duet loom with the music of Nico Muhly and Ply piece for five dancers with the american composer Ashley Fure.In 2015, he creates Apnée (corps vocal) for four dancers and six singers and then Are friends electric? for six dancers around the music of Kraftwerk.

In 2016, Yuval Pick was commissioned to create a work in a national historical building: Hydre in the the Royal Monastery of Brou.




Joubert, Augustin


Choreography : Yuval Pick

Interpretation : Anna Massoni et Madoka Kobayashi

Original music : Nico Muhly, Drones & piano (part I, II, III- 8th tune, IV) et Finale

Live music : Marion Jacquard // depuis Septembre 2014, le pianiste de cette pièce est Wilhem Latchoumia

Lights : Nicolas Boudier

Costumes : Aude Bretagne et Pierre-Yves Loup-Forest

Sound : Raphaël Guénot. Quentin Castillon. Augustin Joubert

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : CCNR / Direction Yuval Pick. Les Subsistances

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