The Ballet Suédois performed the premiere of La Création du monde in Paris in 1923. Combining the talents of Fernand Léger, Blaise Cendrars, Darius Milhaud and Jean Börlin, 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 premières 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 Opéra national de Lorraine, Nancy; 13 and 14 June, 8.15pm at the Holland Festival, Amsterdam; and 20-23 June, 8pm30 at the Théâtre de la Ville, Paris.
Faustin Linyekula and the Ballet de Lorraine present:
La création 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 Opéra national de Lorraine, Nancy
- 13 and 14 June, 8.15pm at the Holland Festival, Amsterdam
- 20-23 June, 8pm30 at the Théâtre de la Ville, Paris
Artistic direction: Faustin Linyekula
Stage design: Jean-Christophe Lanquetin
Light: Virginie Galas
Music: Fabrizio Cassol
Costumes: XULY.Bët / 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, Grégory Beaumont, Philipp Berlin, Agnès Boulanger, Petros Chrkhoyan, Justin Cumine, Morgan de Quelen, Fabio Dolce, Phanuel Erdmann, Valérie Ferrando, Baptiste Fisson, Marc Galvez, Irma Hoffren, Tristan Ihne, Laure Lescoffy, Valérie Ly-Cuong, Yohann Rifosta, Sakiko Oïshi, Joris Perez, Marion Rastouil, Elisa Ribbes, Florence Viennot, Marie-Séverine Hurteloup and Djodjo Kazadi.
Production: Ballet de Lorraine – Centre chorégraphique national de Lorraine – Direction: Petter Jacobsson
In coproduction with the Théâtre de la Ville, Paris and the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels.
In collaboration with the Fondation Fluxum and the Théâtre Gérard Philippe, Frouard.
Supported by the KVS Theater, Brussels.