Fourteen dancers traverse the stage in an unremitting, magnetic and thrilling wave. A hypnotic, exciting panorama about the brute force of destiny. Brilliant.
They first appear on all fours, making slow, inexorable progress toward the same destination. Moving from one side of the stage to the other, they file past again and again, the same yet different each time, in an unremitting, magnetic and thrilling wave. They stand up, quicken the pace, run, fall and get back up, drawn by a mysterious magnet. There are 14 of them, but they seem to number in the thousands, humanity on the march. Running towards a fate that seems to slip through their fingers, the piece conveys in a series of dissolves the captivating story of eternal, constant renewal, a tale of how our only freedom lies in the power to love and enjoy, passionately, the fact of being alive.
Based in Switzerland where he founded the company Alias, the Brazilian choreographer GuilhermeBotelho provides in Sideways Rain a visual and physical metaphor for the brute force animating all life. Adroitly blending musicality, rhythms and graphics, he evokes the evolution of mankind and the transformations of the universe in a hypnotic, exciting panorama. Brilliant.
PRODUCED BY ALIAS
CHOREOGRAPHY GUILHERME BOTELHO
ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHERMADELEINE PIGUET RAYKOV
PERFORMED BY STÉPHANIE BAYLE + FABIO BERGAMASCHI + JOACHIM CIOCCA + ADRIANO COLETTA + JOHANNES LIND + PHILIA MAILLARDET + ISMAËL OIARTZABAL + MADELEINE PIGUET RAYKOV + AMAURY RÉOT + CLAIRE-MARIE RICARTE + ADRIAN RUSMALI + CANDIDE SAUVAUX + NEFELI SKARMEA + CHRISTOS STRINOPOULOS
SET DESIGN GUILHERME BOTELHO + GILLES LAMBERT + STEFANIE LINIGER
COSTUME DESIGN MARION SCHMID INSPIRED FROM JULIA HANSEN
MUSIC MURCOF + PABLO BELTRÁN RUIZ
LIGHTING DESIGN JEAN-PHILIPPE ROY
ARTISTIC ADVISOR GILLES LAMBERT
COPRODUCTION LA BÂTIE – FESTIVAL DE GENÈVE + THÉÂTRE DU CROCHETAN + THÉÂTRE FORUM MEYRIN
WITH THE SUPPORT OF CITY OF GENEVA + STATE OF GENEVA + PRO HELVETIA – SWISS ART COUNCIL + CITY OF MEYRIN + FONDATION MEYRINOISE POUR LA PROMOTION CULTURELLE, SPORTIVE ET SOCIALE + FOUNDATION CORYMBO + FOUNDATION LEENAARDS AND THE SPECIAL SUPPORT OFCORODIS
WRITTEN BY FABIENNE CABADO
TRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH
PREMIERED AT FESTIVAL LA BÂTIE , GENEVA, SEPTEMBER 3, 2010
GUILHERME BOTELHO (GENÈVE)
Dance-Theatre and the Meaning of Life
A native of São Paulo, Guilherme Botelho fell in love with dance at age 14 after seeing a performance by Oscar Araiz.
Five years later, he joined the Argentine choreographer at the Ballet du Grand Théâtre in Geneva, where he danced for 10 years before founding his own company, Alias, in 1994. His choreography touches on major aspects of the human condition such as the frantic quest for love (En manque, his first work), marital abuse, social masks and genetic manipulation (Frankenstein!). The notion of fate or destiny is an ongoing theme in his work, replete with happenstance, accident or things falling from the sky (water, paper, light, plaster plates). His set designs are often impressive, such as the cabin floating on an immobile wave in Vaguement derrière, now part of the repertoire of the Tanztheater Bielfield. While his most recent piece, Iyouhesheitweyouthey, follows along the lines of Sideways Rain in its more abstract theatrical dynamic, the principle of repetition both adhere to was already apparent inApprocher la poussière and Le poids des éponges. Some twenty of his Alias works have been presented on four continents, and he is a much sought-after choreographer. He created aRoméo et Juliette for the 25th anniversary of the Ballet junior in Geneva, and worked with that company from 2008 to 2010.