Fabrice Lambert combines choreographic refinement and explosive energy, keeping fear at bay in a majestic fire dance. Spectacular images. A dazzling work.
In Praise of the Present
A true fact: in Finland an incredible landfill site for burying nuclear waste will be sealed for 100,000 years. To fathom that unbelievably long time, the French artist Fabrice Lambert paints a compelling portrait by means of a fabulous time acceleration machine. Extolling the will to live in a majestic fire dance, he rebuffs fear and champions the present as the only way to the future.
A cellular magma swarms over the luminescent ground. From shadows against an ochre background appear traces of a distant future. And in the irradiated space 10 performers swirl with desire and vitality, a galvanizing ceremony for a community armed with hope in the face of danger. Like a sun hurtling at top speed around the planet, the lighting makes time fast forward around the bodies. The effect is startling and is reinforced by the tension between speed and suspension, between silence and deafening sound. Spectacular images of a latter-day myth where humans have become absolute masters of their destiny. A deliciously refined concept, a dazzling work.
Produced by L’Expérience Harmaat
Choreographed by Fabrice Lambert
Assistant choreographer Hanna Hedman
Performed by Aina Alegre + Jérôme Andrieu + Mathieu Burner + Lorenzo De Angelis + Vincent Delétang + Corinne Garcia + Julie Guibert + Hanna Hedman + Yannick Hugron + Jung-Ae Kim
Lighting design Philippe Gladieux
Sound design Marek Havlicek
Set and costume design Thierry Grapotte
Vortex Guillaume Cousin
Co-produced by Festival d’Avignon + Le Manège de Reims – Scène nationale + ARCADI (Paris) + Centre national de la danse (Pantin) + CDC Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson + Pôle Sud – Centre de Développement Chorégraphique en préfiguration (Strasbourg) with the support of Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication – DRAC Île-de-France + Région Île-de-France + Département Seine-Saint-Denis + SPEDIDAM (Paris) + Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines – Scène nationale
Studios and creative residencies Kultur Skellefteå in association with NorrlandsOperan (Umeå) + L’apostrophe – scène nationale de Cergy-Pontoise et du Val d’Oise + Centre Chorégraphique National Ballet de Lorraine – accueil studio 2014/2015 (Nancy) + Ballet de l’Opera National du Rhin – Centre Chorégraphique National de Mulhouse
Presented with the support of Institut français + Service de coopération et d’action culturelle du Consulat général de France à Québec
Premiered at Festival d’Avignon, July 13, 2015
Fabrice Lambert (Paris)
A charismatic soloist and choreographer attuned to the physical and social sciences, the French artist Fabrice Lambert is renowned for works where dance and visual and sound environments are interwoven into a meaningful whole.
Merging Dance and the Visual Arts
The company takes its name from a term meaning “shade of grey” in Finnish, given that notions of contrast, differences and perception — of the body, of space, of time and boundaries — lie at the heart of its work. He co-founded Expérience Harmaat in 1996 with Juha-Pekka Marsalo and has been the sole artistic director since 2000. It is a platform where dancers, visual artists and videographers question the notion of movement and explore how different types of phenomena can be incarnated in dance, such as the perception of the body and its distortion by images in No body, never mind and in TOPO, the all-inclusive accident in Im-posture, memory and destiny in D’Eux, infinity in Gravité (presented at the Agora in 2009 along with Abstraction), autonomy and networking in Nervures and the sense of time and nuclear danger in Jamais assez. The latter piece was the fruit of a three-year residency at the Centre national de la danse de Pantin. Its dialogue between dance and lighting, developed over many years with Philippe Gladieux, has reached a level of high art.