The Ballet SuĂ©dois performed the premiere of La CrĂ©ation du mondeÂ in Paris in 1923.Â Combining the talents of Fernand LĂ©ger, Blaise Cendrars, Darius Milhaud and Jean BĂ¶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.Â
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 coercionÂ in African colonies.Â 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?
Linyekulaâ€™s new version premiĂ¨resÂ 24 and 25 May, 8pm, 26 May, 6pm at the KVS Theater / BolÂ as part of the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels;Â 31 May, 1rst, 2 June, 8pm, 3 June, 3pm at the OpĂ©ra national de Lorraine, Nancy;Â 13 and 14 June, 8.15pm at the Holland Festival, Amsterdam; andÂ 20-23 June, 8pm30 at the ThĂ©Ă˘tre de la Ville, Paris.
Faustin Linyekula and the Ballet de Lorraine present:
La crĂ©ation du monde 1923-2012
- 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 OpĂ©ra national de Lorraine, Nancy
- 13 and 14 June, 8.15pm at the Holland Festival, Amsterdam
- 20-23 June, 8pm30 at the ThĂ©Ă˘tre de la Ville, Paris
Artistic direction: Faustin Linyekula
Stage design: Jean-Christophe Lanquetin
Light: Virginie Galas
Music: Fabrizio Cassol
Costumes: XULY.BĂ«t / Tag : Brok
Artistic assistant: Christophe BĂ©ranger
In dialogue with the Ballets SuĂ©dois
Reconstitution: Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer
Ballet by Blaise Cendrars. Music by Darius Milhaud
Setting and costumes: Fernand LĂ©ger. Original choreography: Jean BĂ¶rlin
Light (reconstitution): Olivier Bauer
Artsitic assistant (reconstitution): Isabelle Bourgeais
With: Bulat Akhmejanov, Jonathan Archambault, GrĂ©gory Beaumont, Philipp Berlin, AgnĂ¨s Boulanger, Petros Chrkhoyan, Justin Cumine, Morgan de Quelen, Fabio Dolce, Phanuel Erdmann, ValĂ©rie Ferrando, Baptiste Fisson, Marc Galvez, Irma Hoffren, Tristan Ihne, Laure Lescoffy, ValĂ©rie Ly-Cuong, Yohann Rifosta, Sakiko OĂŻshi, Joris Perez, Marion Rastouil, Elisa Ribbes, Florence Viennot, Marie-SĂ©verine Hurteloup and Djodjo Kazadi.
Production: Ballet de Lorraine - Centre chorĂ©graphique national de Lorraine - Direction: Petter Jacobsson
In coproduction with the ThĂ©Ă˘tre de la Ville, Paris and the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels.
In collaboration with the Fondation Fluxum and the ThĂ©Ă˘tre GĂ©rard Philippe, Frouard.
Supported by the KVS Theater, Brussels.