In 2024, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting the Royal Opera House and Robert Binet for the creation and presentation of Dark with Excessive Bright.
Dark with Excessive Bright imagines the invisible forces of our universe in human form. The dance captures the growth, decay, chaos, and consistency that always co-exist in our world. The music acts as the gravitational force, holding these elements in orbit. Dark with Excessive Bright reflects the world we live in, but with the addition of the principles we need in order to shape a more possible future – care, community – bubbling to the surface.
The audience enters an environment already alive with music, light, and movement, staying for a period of 45 minutes and then moving on to make way for another wave of people who enter as they exit. With the floor clear of seats, each individual can define their own experience of the work by moving between three performance areas or standing back to take in the full picture. Moments of extraordinary intimacy – watching a person dance just a meter away – can be contrasted with a bird's-eye view of the entire performance from the balcony.
The movements are never improvised but exist within a structure that holds multiple possibilities through in-the-moment decision making from the dancers. This means music, dance and light are constantly realigning so that with each performance this ballet is created anew and never replicated. Audience and performers both have freedom to shape their experience and each others, making this ballet an intimate exchange and an expression of free will.
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In 2024, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting choreographer Robert Binet in the creation of
Dark with Excessive Bright and its presentation at the Royal Opera House.