In 2022, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting the Festival d’Automne à Paris to present ten solos from the project Danser Encore, by the Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon.
Over the course of two days, the Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon will be overrun with solo works in the different spaces of the CND. A choreographic journey, the starting point for each solo is the encounter between a ballet dancer and a choreographer. A reflection of the diversity of contemporary forms of writing, Danser Encore enables us to experience the pulsing heart of dance creation.
Initiated in 2020 by Julie Guibert, director of the Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon, the idea behind the Danser Encore cycle was to bring to the fore the uniqueness of the Ballet’s dancers, but also to provide support for choreographic creation in the context of the pandemic by focusing on the fertile dialogue between performers and creators. Based on solos commissioned specially for the occasion, Danser Encore puts the limelight on the fruit of these four-handed endeavors, whilst giving us an insight into the diversity of contemporary choreographic creation at the same time. Following on from the conception of sixteen new solo pieces, the Ballet de Lyon has decided to continue investigating the ramifications of this format by opening up the cycle to visual artists. The aim is to develop choreographic objects whilst using all the resources of the body, image and movement. Using the different spaces at the Centre national de la danse, around ten solos will be present in the studios and the Atrium, giving audiences the opportunity to experience the fragility, lightness, density and contours of each performer, as well as the impulse behind their passion for dance.
Komm und birg dein Antliz
Choreography Ioannis Mandafounis
Collaboration and interpretation Yan Leiva
Choreography Marcos Morau
Collaboration and interpretation Paul Vezin
Choreography Jan Martens
Collaboration and interpretation Kristina Bentz
Film by Hans Op de Beeck
Collaboration and interpretation Raúl Serrano Núñez
Choreography Barbara Matijević
Collaboration and interpretation Coralie Levieux
Rite de passage
Choreography Bintou Dembélé
Collaboration and interpretation Merel van Heeswijk
Choreography Cassiel Gaube
Collaboration and interpretation Albert Nikolli
Choreography Tatiana Julien
Collaboration and interpretation Jacqueline Bâby
Choreography Noé Soulier
Collaboration and interpretation Katrien De Bakker
MITTEN/DRITTECELLOSUITE IN C-DUR
Choreography Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Collaboration and interpretation Marie Albert
Photo: © Marc Domage
About the artists
Lyon Opera Ballet
Following on from his predecessors Françoise Adret, Yorgos Loukos and Julie Guibert, who introduced the company to a wide range of styles, Cédric Andrieux and the Lyon Opera Ballet will continue to discover new areas for contemporary creation while continuing to meet the technical demands of the great choreographers.
Combining its rich heritage – a repertoire of more than 100 works – with a renewed focus on the singular qualities of its performers, the Ballet continues to explore new horizons of contemporary art while maintaining a firm reliance on great choreographic creations. Such is the case for the choreographers William Forsythe, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Marcos Morau, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Alessandro Sciarroni, Mats Ek, Christos Papadopoulos, and Pina Bausch. Kindling wonderment while striving to make sense of the world; blending local action and international prominence, reinterpreting the repertoire with a pioneering pursuit of new aesthetics, the Ballet holds fast to its tradition as a classically trained troupe turning its gaze to contemporary dance. It is still finding new ways of celebrating dance, turning the spotlight on the way dancers interpret the choreography.
Devoting special attention to the formulation of meaning, alongside language, voices, and transdisciplinary collaborations – particularly in the fields of music and visual arts – the Ballet endeavors to broaden the spectrum of now, providing an eloquent counterpoint to the construction of the choreographic arts.
Photo: © Patrick Tourneboeuf