“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
Extracts from 9 choreographies: Le Parc, Snow White, Romeo and Juliet...
Bernice Coppieters (Sleeping Beauty), Chris Roelandt (The Prince), Nicolas Kahn (The King)... – Les Ballets de Monte Carlo