Shows - installations
François Gremaud presents both a (re)reading and a new performance of the famous ballet Giselle, as a love letter to the performing arts and the performers who make the art form what it is. His joy, exultation and curiosity will be embodied by dancer Samantha van Wissen.
A masterpiece and the archetype of Romantic ballet, Giselle (1841) presents a naive young peasant girl who dies after learning that the man she loves, Albrecht, is a nobleman engaged to a princess. The queen of the Wilis – young girls turned into ghosts for having danced too much – sentences Albrecht to dance to his death, but the spirit of Giselle saves him by dancing with him. With his Giselle… and its ellipsis conveying liberation, François Gremaud created an (almost) solo for Samantha van Wissem, who has worked extensively with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker; in the piece, van Wissem starts by attempting to talk about the ballet and ends up telling its story and performing it. The piece stays faithful to the original libretto by Théophile Gautier, the music by Adolphe Adam (adapted by Luca Antignani and performed live by four musicians) and to the choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, and it experiments with the “reduction of a piece to a solo performer”, a form that the Swiss author and director has already worked with in his Phèdre! It is a loving tribute and an experience to be shared, an ecstatic and poetic unveiling of the cogs and wheels of drama, a marriage between text and paratext, between the piece and its performer, that François Gremaud defines in the most generous way possible.+ More
Dancer Samantha van Wissen Concept and staging François Gremaud Music Luca Antignani, after an original score by Adolphe Adam Musicians (alternately) Violin: Léa Al-Saghir, Anastasiia Lindeberg Harp: Tjasha Gafner, Valerio Lisci Flute: Héléna Macherel, Sara Antikainen, Irene Poma Saxophone: Sara Zazo Romero, Bera Romairone Text François Gremaud, from the original libretto by Théophile Gautier and Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges Choreography Samantha van Wissen, after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot’s original choreography Assistant Wanda Bernasconi Sound Creation: Bart Aga Tour (alternately): Bart Aga, Raphaël Raccuia, Matthieu Obrist Technical director 2b company & light design Stéphane Gattoni – Zinzoline Tour (alternately): Stéphane Gattoni, Johan Rochat
A 2b company production
Coproduced by Théâtre de Vidy-Lausanne (CH) Théâtre Saint-Gervais, Genève (CH) Bonlieu Scène Nationale Annecy (FR) Malraux Scène Nationale Chambéry Savoie (FR) for the PEPS — Plateforme Européenne de Production Scénique project, Théâtre de la Ville – Paris / Festival d’Automne à Paris
Supported by the PEPS program for European territorial cooperation INTERREG V.
2b company has a trust agreement with the city of Lausanne and a convention with the Canton de Vaud for subventions.
Loterie Romande, Pro Helvetia, Fondation suisse pour la culture, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Fondation Leenaards, Pour-cent culturel Migros Vaud, Fondation Suisse des Artistes Interprètes.
With La Renaissance Mondeville, Festival À partir du réel
BORD DE SCÈNE
Wednesday February 1st after the show
Where and when
ccn de Caen en Normandie 8:00 pm
ccn de Caen en Normandie 8:00 pm