Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie.

CANCELLATION: As part of the mobilization against the pension reform, the public opening of Latifa Laâbissi and Antonia Baehr around their next creation "Colors and Numbers" will not take place on Thursday March 23 at 7 p.m.


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.

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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

Wed­nes­day Feb­ru­ary 1st after the show

Where and when

February 2023

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    ccn de Caen en Normandie 8:00 pm
  • 02
    ccn de Caen en Normandie 8:00 pm