In 2022, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting the Théâtre de la Ville in its presentation of TO DA BONE by (LA)HORDE.
In a world where revolution happens at night and laws are voted on at dawn, what new forms can insurrection take? TO DA BONE is a work that aims to express a certain intimate rebellion of youth. It also seeks to reflect on the role that new media can play, particularly social networks like Facebook or YouTube, in mobilizing groups and giving rise to opposition movements. On stage, several dances grouped under the term “post-internet” will be presented, particularly those of Hardstyle and Hard dance such as Tekstyle, Shuffle, Hakken and especially Jumpstyle.
Extremely intense and physical for the dancers, a Jumpstyle sequence lasts 25 seconds on average. The jumpers consume all their energy to reach the end of their free sequence. The result is a wild movement of the legs, very powerfully going nowhere, reflecting a kind of release of a latent frustration. At the end of their solos, jumpers are out of breath but soothed, before a focused power emanates from them, full of defiance and confidence. Jumpstyle is a dance discovered on the Internet that is primarily practiced alone in bedrooms. Jumpers film their sequences and post them on the Internet to share their passion as well as their progress with the community. The process these self-taught dancers go through is often the same: the first videos are initially produced in a bedroom, they then migrate to the living room, and then develop them in the public sphere. Outside, the videos are first shot in a street, and then they move to ever larger and more theatrical spaces. Therefore, the practice of Jumpstyle evolves naturally on social networks through the medium of videos, with the community commenting and responding with videos of their own. Leagues are formed to create groups within the community that face off in virtual battles, which can be turned into live battles at Jumpstyle gatherings organized in several European capitals. The ten-minute performance of TO DA BONE, which won second prize in the Danse Élargie competition at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris in 2016, is the first part of an hour-long choreographic piece developed by (LA)HORDE for the 2017/2018 season.
Photo: © Laurent Philippe
About the collective
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.