The origin of this work is the disturbing composition by Giacinto Scelsi, "Seven episodes of an unwritten tale of love and death in a distant land". Three dancers, a singer and six musicians lead us on a journey where gesture accompanies even the most intimate vibration within the music and where the space, swept by the dance, reflects the depth of Scelsi’s most particular sounds.
For Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988) music is first and foremost a question of sound: “premier mouvement de l’immobile – the first movement of the still,” is sound comprised not just of pitch and duration, but also of depth.
Under the direction of Jean-Paul Dessy, the soprano Elise Gäbele and the musicians of Musiques Nouvelles, envelope the circular movements of dancers Odile Gheysens, Frauke Mariën and Shantala Pèpe. Suspended by ropes, in a space expanded by video projections evoking archaic, primeval creatures, they don’t stray far from the music.
It was through Oliver Farge’s aerial dance technique that our desire to transcend weight and come together with the sound vibrations could be realized. Over and beyond technique, a real sensitivity was awakened.
Everything is swathed in the same layer of sound, rolled in the curves of the voice, stung by the vibration of the ropes, sliced by the percussion.
Concept and choreography Nicole Mossoux
Direction Patrick Bonté, Nicole Mossoux
Performers at the first staging Frauke Mariën, Céline Perroud, Sarah Piccinelli, Marion Ballester
Performers Frauke Mariën, Odile Gheysens, Shantala Pèpe
Music Giya Kancheli, Giatino Scelsi
Live music performed by Elise Gabële (soprano) et L’Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles
Musical direction Jean-Paul Dessy
Aerial dance training and artistic assistance Olivier Farge
Set design Johan Daenen
Costumes Colette Huchard
Make-up Jean-Pierre Finotto
Images, video and stage management Mikha Wajnrych
Light Patrick Bonté, Pierre Stoffyn
Sound mix Gérald Fenerberg
Videographics Heidi Ostrowski, Ludovic Romain
Stage manager David Jans
Direction assistant Barbara Geraci
Production: Cie Mossoux-Bonté in coproduction with Centre des Ecritures Contemporaines et Numériques, Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles, Charleroi/Danses – Centre Chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles and Le manège.mons – Scène transfrontalière de création et de diffusion, Mons (Belgium), with the support of Federation Wallonie-Bruxelles, Dance department and Wallonie-Bruxelles International.