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ballet Pneuma by Carolyn Carlson, music by Gavin Bryars Pieter-Jelle de Boer (music direction), Carolyn Carlson (choreographer) – Ballet de l'Opéra National de Bordeaux

Pieter-Jelle de Boer (music direction), Carolyn Carlson (choreographer) – Ballet de l'Opéra National de Bordeaux

Pneuma by Carolyn Carlson, music by Gavin Bryars Pieter-Jelle de Boer (music direction), Carolyn Carlson (choreographer) – Ballet de l'Opéra National de Bordeaux

About

“The value of an image can be measured by the extent of its imaginary halo. Thanks to the imaginary, the imagination is essentially open, evasive. The experience itself of opening, of novelty, is in the human psyche.” That is how Bachelard’s The Air and the Dreams begins, a work that inspired Carolyn Carlson’s Pneuma. Dancers of the Ballet of the Opéra National de Bordeaux dress sometimes in black, sometimes in white, moving in vast tableaux in time with Gavin Bryars’s slow-moving music. A tree suspended in the sky, and the sporadic appearance of individuals like an unearthly woman or Icarus make up a staging of incredible meaning, an approach reminiscent of Bob Wilson’s work.

Photo: © Sigrid Colomyes

Cast

  • Carolyn Carlson | Choreographer
  • Rémi Nicolas | Lighting, Stage sets
  • Philip Jeck | Electroacoustic composer
  • Ballet de l'Opéra National de Bordeaux
  • Eric Quillère | Ballet master
  • Orchestre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine
  • Pieter-Jelle de Boer | Conductor

Details

  • Directed by:
    • Yan Proefrock
  • Venue: Opéra National de Bordeaux (Bordeaux, France)
  • Production date: 2014
  • Duration: 1 h 25 min
  • Production: © Oxymore
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