Age of Content

Ballet National de Marseille

Masked dancers on a car
75 min
CCN - Ballet national de Marseille

In 2023, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting the Ballet National de Marseille for the creation of (LA)HORDE, Age of Content and its presentation at the Biennale de la danse de Lyon.

With more and more realistic avatars and smoother photographic filters, the boundaries between real-life and virtual bodies are blurring. (LA)HORDE turns this grey area into a new territory for critical exploration. Lost in a mysterious world which borrows as much from bunkers as it does from industrial warehouses and cliff scenery, we all come face-to-face with other potential versions of ourselves. At the heart of this monumental stage design, a melancholic testament to the states-of-mind and body of those who inhabit it, there is a fight scene worthy of the best action films.  Using this flaw in the machine as a starting point (LA)HORDE pursues the entanglement of our virtual and real lives through this new creation for the National Ballet of Marseille. Because, in this age of content, and over-abundance, the boundaries are more porous than they appear.

Drawing on the internet’s aesthetic facets of distraction, accumulation and collage, and moving from the strange familiarity of a GTA character to a Tik Tok dance mash-up, the group uses choreographic art as a tool to give critical distance. And highlights, more than ever, the power of the stage as a space where boundaries can be pushed and spells can be broken.

Photo: © Gaëlle Astier-Perret

About the collective

Portrait of (LA)HORDE


In 2023, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting the collective (LA)HORDE for their new creation Age of Content with the Ballet national de Marseille, as well as its presentation at Biennale de la danse de Lyon and Théâtre de la Ville. The initiative is also presenting Room With A View and a specific program in collaboration with NYU Skirball in New York.

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