The Ballet Su√©dois performed the premiere of La Cr√©ation du monde¬†in Paris in 1923.¬†Combining the talents of Fernand L√©ger, Blaise Cendrars, Darius Milhaud and Jean B√∂rlin, this “negro-cubist fantasy” conveys the influence of Harlem jazz and, a few years after the end of the war, draws on the energy of “primitive” arts to herald in a new world: a hint of escape in the midst of the Roaring Twenties.¬†

Having in mind this project for many years, Faustin Linyekula restages this ballet which turns blindly its back on the brutal colonial reality of an era marked by forcible enrollment, extreme violence and coercion¬†in African colonies.¬†Moving between present and past, this “re-creation of the world” reflects on a “collective” history: how do / did Africa and Europe observe one another? And can the past really be shared?

Linyekula’s new version premi√®res¬†24 and 25 May, 8pm, 26 May, 6pm at the KVS Theater / Bol¬†as part of the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels;¬†31 May, 1rst, 2 June, 8pm, 3 June, 3pm at the Op√©ra national de Lorraine, Nancy;¬†13 and 14 June, 8.15pm at the Holland Festival, Amsterdam; and¬†20-23 June, 8pm30 at the Th√©√Ętre de la Ville, Paris.

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Faustin Linyekula and the Ballet de Lorraine present:
La création du monde 1923-2012

Première

  • 24 and 25 May, 8pm, 26 May, 6pm at the KVS Theater / Bol as part of the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels
  • 31 May, 1rst, 2 June, 8pm, 3 June, 3pm at the Op√©ra national de Lorraine, Nancy
  • 13 and 14 June, 8.15pm at the Holland Festival, Amsterdam
  • 20-23 June, 8pm30 at the Th√©√Ętre de la Ville, Paris

Artistic direction: Faustin Linyekula
Stage design: Jean-Christophe Lanquetin
Light: Virginie Galas
Music: Fabrizio Cassol
Costumes: XULY.B√ęt / Tag : Brok
Artistic assistant: Christophe Béranger

In dialogue with the Ballets Suédois
Reconstitution: Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer
Ballet by Blaise Cendrars. Music by Darius Milhaud
Setting and costumes: Fernand Léger. Original choreography: Jean Börlin
Light (reconstitution): Olivier Bauer
Artsitic assistant (reconstitution): Isabelle Bourgeais

With: Bulat Akhmejanov, Jonathan Archambault, Gr√©gory Beaumont, Philipp Berlin, Agn√®s Boulanger, Petros Chrkhoyan, Justin Cumine, Morgan de Quelen, Fabio Dolce, Phanuel Erdmann, Val√©rie Ferrando, Baptiste Fisson, Marc Galvez, Irma Hoffren, Tristan Ihne, Laure Lescoffy, Val√©rie Ly-Cuong, Yohann Rifosta, Sakiko O√Įshi, Joris Perez, Marion Rastouil, Elisa Ribbes, Florence Viennot, Marie-S√©verine Hurteloup and Djodjo Kazadi.

Production: Ballet de Lorraine РCentre chorégraphique national de Lorraine РDirection: Petter Jacobsson
In coproduction with the Th√©√Ętre de la Ville, Paris and the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels.
In collaboration with the Fondation Fluxum and the Th√©√Ętre G√©rard Philippe, Frouard.
Supported by the KVS Theater, Brussels.

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http://www.ballet-de-lorraine.eu

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