'Comme on dit chez nous, si il pleut, c’est qu’il va pleuvoir’

Large groups are different than small ones. creating a system which manages smoothly and clearly 20 dancers, calls for diferent adjustments and specific adaptations from those for smaller groups. The shift in scales, complexity and the density of the information to be structured, reveals the inner logics and mechanics of human groups. choreography as an experiment in social studies, decision making, collaborative strategies, question of efficiency, equality and the distribution of resource. The work is build around the 'cause and effect’ relations between responsibility and freedom.

Music: Frederic Duru

Dancers: Jacqueline Bâby, Kristina Bentz, Edi Blloshmi, Thomas Bradley, Robert Bridger, Adrien Delépine, Tyler Galster, Pansun Kim, Péter Juhász, Caelyn Knight, Michael Löehr, Graziella Lorriaux, Geneviève Osborne, Marco Merenda, Leoannis Pupo-Guillen, Raul Serrano Núñez, Karolina Szymura, Milena Twiehaus, Sara Wilhelmsson, Eddie Oroyan.

Milena & Michael

Milena & Michael is the only piece out of the ten new works comprising the program TENWORKS, which was premiered separately before the rest of the program. The 18' piece was created during a five days residency at the Maison de la Danse de Lyon, to an original soundtrack by Emanuel and premiered on the 15th of February in Lyon. 

Long term collaborators of Emanuel Gat, Milena and Michael share years of a joint artistic collaboration, as well as an intimate knowledge of Gat's creative process. 
A dance reduced to its most fundamental elements, "Milena & Michael" is a reflection on the act of dancing, and at the same time a simple story of two people looking to connect. 
The work is a sort of zoom-in on the voids between movements, choreographic fragments, sounds and the two dancers.

Music: Emanuel Gat
Dancers: Michael Löehr, Milena Twiehaus

COUZ II

COUZ I and II, are two un-identical twin pieces, created under the same set of choreographic tools and procedures, with two different groups of ten dancers from both companies. The works are an experiment with real time choreography, and with the elaboration of mechanics relating to choreography as an event being assembled in real time. The dancers are ‘driving’ the piece and recreating it each time anew, examining the role of the performer as an onstage, live creator.

Music: Joachim “JKid” Souhab

Dancers: Jacqueline Bâby, Kristina Bentz, Edi Blloshmi, Adrien Delépine, Tyler Galster, Caelyn Knight, Graziella Lorriaux, Marco Merenda, Leoannis Pupo-Guillen, Raul Serrano Núñez.

Sara & Sunny

Long time collaborators with EGD, Sara and Pansun weave a meticulous conversation, a fine tuned yet expresive dialog between bodies, ways of using them, theatrical approaches and musical interpretations.

Rehearsals started at the Maison de la Danse de Lyon early February, and will continue during a residency at Montpellier Danse in April 2017.

Music: Emanuel Gat
Dancers: Pansun Kim, Sara Wilhelmsson.

 

Sextette

Music: Awir Leon

Dancers: Jacqueline Bâby, Kristina Bentz, Tyler Galster, Graziella Lorriaux, Leoannis Pupo-Guillen, Raul Serrano Núñez.

Sextette is a work which looks to separate the habitual linkage between a certain movement style or technique, and a specific choreographic language.

The canonic classical ballet material, is present in this work within a contemporary way of thinking about the choreographic process. Classical variations, are thrown into a contemporary work space, elaborated around the notions of collaborative and horizontal systems, real-time organisation of structures, fluid story-lines, changing dynamics and an active on stage relations between the dancers. The work is a questioning on possible avenues on how to both build upon the masters of the past, while moving away from them.

COUZ I

COUZ rehearsals in Agora - cité de la danse in Montpellier, April 2017 and at the Opera de Lyon, June 2017.

COUZ I and II are two un-identical twin pieces, created under the same set of choreographic tools and procedures, with two different groups of ten dancers from both companies. The works are an experiment with real time choreography, and with the elaboration of mechanics relating to choreography as an event being assembled in real time. The dancers are ‘driving’ the piece and recreating it each time anew, examining the role of the performer as an onstage, live creator.

Music: Yann Robin, Art Of Metal II. Clarinet Bass: Alain Billard
Dancers: Thomas Bradley, Robert Bridger, Pansun Kim, Péter Juhász, Michael Löehr, Geneviève Osborne, Karolina Szymura, Milena Twiehaus, Sara Wilhelmsson, Eddie Oroyan.

Caelyn & Raul

Rehearsals on Caelyn & Raul, one of four duets in TENWORKS, started in Paris at Le CENTQUATRE during Emanuel Gat Dance's week long performances of SACRE/GOLD.  

After working with Emanuel Gat on SUNSHINE a piece for ten dancers, a piece created for the ballet de Lyon in 2014, the two dancers revisit the work from a personal angle. Deconstructing it to its basic elements, clarifying their voice with it, and reorgenzing the choreographic info into a new work. A microscopic look at the dancers’ on stage relations, the impact they have on each other, and the ways in which they collaborate in order to attain clarity.

Music: J.S Bach, Toccata in G Major BWV 916. Piano: Nina Gat
Dancers: Caelyn Knight, Raul Serrano Núñez

Zoe, Gunnie, Jules, Bruno and Genevieve

Music: Awir Leon

Dancers: Thomas Bradley, Robert Bridger, Péter Juhász, Geneviève Osborne, Eddie Oroyan.

A personal journey of five individuals, four physically absent yet present through the choreographic story telling of four men, and one women. A choreographic strucure made out of bits of stories, memories, fragments of narratives and personal impressions.

Rewritten each evening in a unique new way, the dancers travel through verious layers of realities, private and shared, while managing the delicate real time structuring of the work.

Genevieve & Karolina

Counterpoint as a field of research, as a natural phenomena present within any moving system, is being carefully examined and joyfully played with by two dancers. A light yes in-depth look into the nature of counterpoint, its inner logics and the information it might hold regarding human relations and interactions.

Music: John Stevens, 'Moon-Dance’. Tubas: Joris Planta, Nicolas Salmon, Sylvain Thillou, Yves Lair.
Dancers: Geneviève Osborne, Karolina Szymura.

COUZines

Dancers: Jacqueline Bâby, Kristina Bentz, Edi Blloshmi, Thomas Bradley, Robert Bridger, Adrien Delépine, Tyler Galster, Pansun Kim, Péter Juhász, Caelyn Knight, Michael Löehr, Graziella Lorriaux, Geneviève Osborne, Marco Merenda, Leoannis Pupo-Guillen, Raul Serrano Núñez, Karolina Szymura, Milena Twiehaus, Sara Wilhelmsson, Eddie Oroyan.

Two sperate group choreographies, COUZ I and COUZ II were created at different times and with different dancers, are here sharing the same performative space and time. Conversing, colliding, impacting, disturbing, highlighting and reinforcing each-other. A conversation like dynimic happening in real time between two groups of ten dancers engaged in two separate choreographic structures and realities, trying to find a satysfying and effective middle ground. A sort of 'duets of choreographies’.