BOTH DANCERS HAVE ALREADY SHONE WITH FORSYTHE, BÉJART, GILLES JOBIN… NOW HOWEVER, THEY FOCUS MORE ON GREY AREAS. TO THE MUSIC OF PROKOFIEV’S ROMEO AND JULIET, PERRINE VALLI GATHERS TOGETHER THESE ELEMENTS WITH HER REFINED SENSE OF CONSTRUCTION FOR A POWERFUL LESSON THAT GOES BEYOND THE MERE GESTURE OF DANCE.
LE TEMPS – MARIE-PIERRE GENECAND
A commission by Marthe Krummenacher & Tamara Bacci
Choreography: Marthe Krummenacher, Tamara Bacci, Perrine Valli
Formal design / Creation: Perrine Valli
Content / Ideas: Marthe Krummenacher, Tamara Bacci
Performers / Dance: Marthe Krummenacher, Tamara Bacci
Performer / Text: Perrine Valli
Lighting: Laurent Schaer
Administration: Pâquis Production
Promotion: Aurélie Martin
Duration: 1 hour
Production: Ra de Ma Ré
Coproduction: ADC-Genève / Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis
Sponsors: Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council, Ville de Genève, Loterie Romande, Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art
Photo: ©Patrick Didi
amara Bacci and Marthe Krummenacher are performers (they have danced for such choreographers as Forsythe, Maurice Béjart, Jiří Kylián, Pascal Rambert, Gilles Jobin, Thomas Lebrun and Crystal Pite).
In Laissez-moi danser, they have decided to keep this role and to commission Perrine Valli, also a performer for Cindy Van Acker and a choreographer, for a dance piece that specifically addresses this point of friction – this intersection. Together they draw a playful portrait of the performer, of their daily life and the behind-the-scenes, in their bodies, their heads, their stories and those of others, by switching roles: “Our job consists of translating a choreographer’s idea. We transmit the messages that they wish to express. In this work, in a way, we have switched the process: Perrine becomes the spokesperson who transmits our ideas. She thus becomes the performers’ performer. Is she a passer-by, a messenger, a muse, a player, a decoder, a filter, modelling clay, a pawn ?”, they wonder.
Perrine Valli is also on stage, embodying the presence of the choreographer who is always in the performer’s mind. Her role is to talk, to be the narrator in the distance who seeks the right scenic codes to stage the dancers’ ideas. Hence, Laissez-moi danser is also a Cubist-minded dance piece, both tangible and abstract, danced and spoken: Indeed, in their choreography, Tamara Bacci and Marthe Krummenacher seek to transmit the emotions they have experienced, their doubts, fears, the stage fright, the pleasure, the fantasies, the limits, the disappointments, while the text evokes more social aspects that focus on recognition and the place of the dancer as much as the system in which choreographic creation takes place. On the empty stage – their home – they thus invite the audience to project themselves in this roleplay, offering a three-headed self-portrait of the “almighty servant” that is the performer.
Text : Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis
2-3 February 2014: ADN, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
17-27 April 2013: ADC-Genève, Switzerland
22 May 2013: Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine Saint Denis, France
Le Temps, Journal de l’ADC, Tribune de Genève, Etherreal, Radio.