World premiere June 25th, 2017 at Montpellier Danse Festival
DUOS, created originally for Montpellier Danse 2017, is a serie of site specific duets performed by different couples in different locations. Very flexible in terms of locations, length, and the overall
structuring of the event, DUOS is an experimentation with live choreography. DUOS is a collaboration with painter and visual artist Yifat Gat. Each duet is hand painted and unique, according to the dancers performing and the location, adding a layer of visual and theatrical information. DUOS is a way of allowing choreographic work to spill out into the streets and public spaces. To release it from the boundaries of stage and theatrical time, and place it in the midst of the ongoing city life.
Since his beginnings as a choreographer, Emanuel Gat has been rather sparing with duets. Yet, whenever he creates one, the result is literally breathtaking. Proof of this is his Winter Variations performed in 2009 at Montpellier Dance with Roy Assaf. He takes the opportunity to focus on a form of dance that induces a return to the essentials; the possibilities of composition are limited by the restricted number of dancers. The creation of a strong context and the attention given to movement become even more crucial.
Agnès Izrine - SceneWeb.fr
DUOS 1-5, Festival Montpellier Danse 2017
Here we are, participants and spectators, captivated by their ‘pas de deux’ that hesitates between conflict and tango. They smile to each other, check each other out, hold and release each other without ever ceasing to move forward. […] The races and stops on the image of the two dancers connected by their gaze make us travel back in time to the Greek fights. Feints are low and muscles tighten. The only soundtrack is that of our steps on the gravel, rather massive, with the noise of the city in the distance. One of the duets performed at Peyrou Park, DUOS constitutes a perfect experience. The setting is stunning […].
Amelle Blausteln Niddam - TouteLaCulture.com
Concept: Emanuel Gat
Created in collaboration and interpreted by the dancers of the company.
Body painting: Yifat Gat
Production: Emanuel Gat Dance
Co-Production: Festival Montpellier Danse 2017