Claire Croizé/Action Scénique
PREMIERE 13/12/12 at STUK/ 30CC
Take flight in light barks
Take flight in light barks from tipsy, sunny worlds, that ever-milder tears reward you for your flight. Watch without ecstasy how the intoxication of blond light-blue dream powers and drunken passion unfolds so that the sweet trembling will not envelop you with new sorrow. Let silent sadness fill this spring.
Poem by Stefan George, “Entflieht auf leichten Kähnen” opus 2 by Anton Webern
Claire Croizé created in the last years two memorable dance solos:The Farewell on the music by Gustav Mahler and Vor deinem Thron on Johann Sebastian Bach’s music. With Chant éloigné she is now back on stage with a group piece: four other female dancers accompany her in this new production while using movement as the primary motor of creation. Together they travel back to the early 2Oth century exploring this shifting period characterised by indecision and important changes in terms of aesthetics and society as a whole.
In Chant éloigné Claire Croizé researches on the concept of end. Not only the end of a time (the 19th century) or the end of an artistic and musical movement (Romanticism), but also the ending movements. Can you build up a performance with only final scenes and the intensity of last movements, where each scene is constantly related to the abandon of the group and of the space? Does not every end contain a new beginning?
On a musical level the end of Romanticism definitely announces the beginning of Modernism. Webern’s and Schönberg’s early works are in a late Romantic style: they try to get rid of Romantic structure and patterns, but keep still some traces of it. At the same time the atonality, instability and fragmentation show their unquestionable longing for a new era. Debussy’s music is noted for the sensory component and working within the field of impressionistic music he marks as well the transition to the modern era.
Chant éloigné bets on that dimension of music that lies beyond the hearing and on those movements beyond the end announcing something to come.
Choreography: Claire Croizé Dance: Claire Croizé, Claire Godsmark, Cecilia Lisa Eliceche, Liz Kinoshita and Lisa Gunstone Light design Jan Maertens Artistic advice: Etienne Guilloteau Musical advice: Alain Franco Costume: Britt Angé Production Action Scenique vzw (Antwerp) Financial management Karolien Derwael/Klein Verzet Production manager and distribution: Drop production Coproductions: Kunstencentrum STUK/CC30, Kunstencentrum BUDA in collaboration with Cultuurcentrum Kortrijk, Jardin d’Europe (supported by the Culture programme of the European Union) in collaboration with WorkspaceBrussels & Ultima Vez, wp Zimmer, Le Vivat