World premiere on June 30th, 2017 at Festival Montpellier Danse
WORKS is a program celebrating dancers. Their uniqueness, virtuosity, engagement, fearlessness, sense of responsibility and humanity. A group of 10 dancers share the stage in a series of six short works, in various constallations, formats, musical environments and choreographic directions. The notion of a new redistribution of artistic responsibilities and resources is at the heart of all six new works and the program as a whole.
WORKS is in many ways a reaction to the changing times, and to the constant evolution of the manner in which dance, and art in general, is being produced. It is an attempt to explore new models of artistic production, to question old boundaries and hierarchies, and explore models of inclusiveness and support, as opposed to those of exclusiveness and competition.
Dialogue gives rise to subgroups emerging within the group. The gesture fires the smallest details, fingers that point or make “horns” […]. It follows or contradicts the directions taken by the dancers who form flows, efface them, dissolve, invent, arise. The conversation game conducted by […] brilliant and fully invested dancers multiplies the unexpected forms, combines the most diverse feelings and leaves the viewer speechless. As if he saw before his eyes, in a joyous and abundant outpouring, the birth of and death of the salt of life itself.
Ariane Bavelier, Le Figaro
That the dancers gaze at each other’s eyes on the stage - an obvious fact that is not always present in the artificial context of the show - is also one of the strengths of WORKS by the Israeli choreographer Emanuel Gat, presented on July 2nd at the Agora. The […] performers of this production […] are always in contact. They transform a learned score into a magical game that prefers the fragility of the moment to technical perfection.
The gestural flow of Gat is reminiscent of the “flow” of the rappers whose language is modulated in variations constantly renewed. A jubilation of the halo movement each of the interpreters who form a body with all. Regularly, the dancers release numbers and words that lead to a change of course. On Bach or a quartet of tubas, a live, exciting and beautiful dance that takes time to breathe and smile.
Rosita Boisseau, Le Monde
Choreography, lights: Emanuel Gat
Music: Awir Leon, Chick-P, Emanuel Gat, Nina Simone, The Chordettes, The Righteous Brothers
Costumes: Thomas Bradley, Emanuel Gat
Created in collaboration with and performed by: Thomas Bradley, Robert Bridger, Péter Juhász, Michael Löhr, Emma Mouton, Eddie Oroyan, Genevieve Osborne, Karolina Szymura, Milena Twiehaus, Sara Wilhelmsson
Production: Emanuel Gat Dance
Coproduction: Festival Montpellier Danse, Scène Nationale d’Albi
Coproduction Milena & Michael: Maison de la Danse de Lyon
With the help of Conseil Départemental des Bouches-du-Rhône and the Région Sud - Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. Emanuel Gat Dance acknowledges the support of the city of Istres, of the French Ministry of Culture and of the DRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.
Created at the Agora - cité internationale de la danse and Maison de la danse d’Istres.