Ballet du Nord – Olivier Dubois Les Mémoires d’un seigneur
16 - 17 MAR 2018
Ticket 20,00 Euros
Ticket under 30/over 65/groups 15,00 Euros
Students 10,00 Euros
Running time 60'
Triennale Teatro dell'Arte
Considered one of the greatest choreographers in the world, Olivier Dubois explores the darkest and most secret side of the human soul. The ground-breaking former student of Jan Fabre devises a performance of pure energy, which stages the conflict between a powerful man – a king or tyrant interpreted by the exceptional Rémi Richaud – and an army of 40 amateur dancers: the troops now attack the monarch, now celebrate and devour him. He runs without pause, his thirst for power is unquenchable. Welding his sabre, with rapid jumps and sudden moves, he always manages to keep in check this crowd of men, which he appears to want to look after but also be rid of.
Les Mémoires d’un seigneur bewilders the audience with a relentless battle which is expressed through the physicality of powerful bodies and in the epic dimension of a one-against-all fight. Dubois describes it as “a long journey soaked in Elizabethan theatre”. It’s an immersion in the allure of power, the parable of a man from his barbaric ascent to his fall.
Olivier Dubois is a French dancer and choreographer nominated in 2011 by the “Dance Europe” magazine among the best dancers of the world. In 1999 he signed his first solo Under cover. He has been an interpreter for numerous choreographers and directors among which Jan Fabre, Sasha Waltz, Angelin Preljocaj, Charles Cré-Ange, Cirque du Soleil, and Dominique Boivin. Since 2005 his performances have received great success: Féroces (2005), created with Christine Corday, Pour tout l’or du monde… (2006), Faune(s) (2008), inspired by L’Après-midi d’un faune by Vaslav Nijinski, the choreography of La Périchole of Offenbach (2009) for the Operas of Lille, Nantes and Limoges directed by Bérangère Jannelle, Spectre (2010), L’homme de l’Atlantique (2010), a duet on Frank Sinatra’s music. In 2009 he started working on the trilogy Etude critique pour un trompe l’oeil comprised of Révolution (2009), the solo Rouge (2011) and Tragédie (2012). He later started working on a series of creations on the topic of La sagra della primavera. The first part of the series was called Prêt à baiser Sacre#1. In 2011 debuts Envers et face à tous, a performance with 120 amateur interpreters. A few years later, he created Élégie for the Ballet National de Marseilles as part of the Marseilles 2013 European Capital of Culture while during the same year the magazine “Danza&Danza” nominated him for best choreographer for Tragédie and Élégie. In 2015 he presented Mon élue noire Sacre#2, a solo piece for dancer Germaine Acogny, and Les Mémoires d’un seigneur. In 2016 he created AUGURI a piece for 22 dancers for the International Festival of Hamburg. He has received various awards among which the Award for interpreter’s career in 2007 which is awarded by the French critic’s union and in 2008 the Jardin d’Europe Award in Vienna. The Centre National de la Danse in Paris dedicated the exhibition L’interprète dévisagé to him and his works.
creation: Olivier Dubois
artistic assistant: Cyril Accorsi
production assistant: Karine Girard
rehearsals director: Marie-Laure Caradec
with: Rémi Richaud con la partecipazione di 40 interpreti amatoriali
music: François Caffenne
lighting design: Patrick Riou
costume design: Chrystel Zingiro
hair styling and wigs: Romain Marietti
technical direction: Robert Pereira
lighting technician: Emmanuel Gary
sound technician: Jean-Philippe Borgogno
produced by: Ballet du Nord – Olivier Dubois – Centre Chorégraphique National Roubaix Hauts-de-France
co-produced by: Productiehuis Rotterdam-Rotterdamse Schouwburg
with the support of: convention Institut Français & Métropole Européenne de Lille, Institut Français du Liban, Pro Helvetia
extracts from: Caligola di Albert Camus (1944), De morali principis institutione di Vincent de Beauvais (1263) and a text by Olivier Dubois