Acta est fabulaCreation 2018 - teaser
Acta est fabula
"The primary focus of my work is the idea of the collective, or group: how it forms, how individuals interact with it, what shared space it defines.
In this piece, I want to examine the construction of the symbols that embody the feeling of belonging to a place or a human group. I’m intrigued by hymns, these songs that speak of a common origin or commitment to a cause.
I believe our identities are porous and heterogeneous. How can we create a common and shared symbol that brings all those singularities together? I want my work to confront that question and transcend it through the bodies and movement of the five dancers of the company. By transforming the human voice and the rhythms that we fabricate, I want to create something bigger than us, that reaches beyond ourselves.
The process spawns the convergence of two dynamics: sound, taking its source in the collective memory, and choreography, built on the exploration of the figure of the line, which is something I see as archaic. I want to convey the feeling of how individuals evolve in the line and how we maintain that line alive, our lifeline."
Yuval Pick, April 2018
Acta est fabula
Creation 2018 for 5 dancers
The primary focus of my work is the idea of the collective, or group: how it forms, how individuals interact with it, what shared space it defines.
As someone who was born abroad and now lives in France, I pay particular attention to the idea of belonging to a place, to a human group. Here in France, I am very intrigued by the absence of symbols shared by all, because I know that as social creatures, we have a basic need to gather around symbols. Do they still exist? Is it possible to reinvent them?
In this piece I aim to create, with the five dancers in my company, something that unites us in a given space, on our scale, starting from each individual’s unique aspects. The process interweaves two converging dynamics: sound, whose source is in the collective memory; and choreography, based on a search for movement around the body and the line, which I view as an archaic form.
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.
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Upon his arrival to the National Choreographic Center Yuval Pick founded a new dance company and developed a rich repertory of works marked by their elaborated movement vocabulary, accompanied by worldly named composers. In 2012, No play hero, with the music of David Lang and Folks for the Biennale of Dance 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 Eddies for four dancers with a dialogue between medieval and electronic music and then Are friends electric? for six dancers inspired by the music of Kraftwerk.In 2016, Yuval Pick was commissioned to create a site-specific project for the Centre des Monuments Nationaux, In France. This project, Hydra, is presented since all over the world in museums, historical monuments and festivals.In January 2018, he creates Acta est fabula in Chaillot – Théâtre National de la Danse, and a year later, he creates a new version for young audience: Lil’Acta. In January 2020, he will present his new creation, In D minor for nine dancers, in St-Nazaire’s national theater, and will create a piece for the Lyon’s Opera ballet in April 2020.
“My choreographic research is guided by the idea that each human-being has innate knowledge that dance has the power to unveil.” Yuval Pick
Acta est fabula
Choreography : Yuval Pick
Choreography assistance : Sharon Eskenazi
Interpretation : Madoka Kobayashi, Julie Charbonnier, Guillaume Forestier, Adrien Martins, Thibault Desaules
Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy : Michel Raskine
Set design : Bénédicte Jolys
Original music : Max Bruckert et Olivier Renouf
Live music : Max Bruckert
Video conception : Adrien Rignol
Lights : Sébastien Lefèvre
Costumes : Ettore Lombardi assisté de Paul Andriamanana
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Chaillot - Théâtre National de la Danse
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