Transforming Evolving Decaying Regenerating. A piece deals with cycles and the nature of all things being transient.
GRAND NOIR deals with cycles and the nature of all things being transient.
Inspired by the trillion years life cycle of stars and their different ways of dying, the piece asks questions about changes and deformations, which are consequences of the passing of time.
Observing the process of transformation as opposed to dying, it seeks to find when is the end of ‘one’ and the beginning of ‘the other’; genuinely wondering whether such thing exists at all.
On the physical and mental level, the piece explores the tension between decaying and regenerating, disappearing and becoming, grasping and completely letting go, attachment and detachment.
Collapsing, erupting, wilting, exploding and vanishing into themselves, the dancers in GRAND NOIR embody the sensational qualities of different cyclic natural phenomena.
As the body resembles the deformation of materials and matter, it exposes basic elements of humane habits, patterns and rituals, which leads to uncompromising encounters.
Grand Noir is about resilience and fragility of all things.
The piece was created in 2022 and premiered on June in Theaterhaus Stuttgart.
Grand Noir was supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK – STEPPING OUT, funded by the Minister of State for Culture and Media within the framework of the initiative NEUSTART KULTUR. Assistance Program for Dance, the Landesverband Freie Tanz– und Theaterschaffende BadenWürttemberg e.V. with funds from the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts of the State of Baden-Württemberg, the city of Stuttgart, Freie Tanz– und Theaterszene Stuttgart, LBBW Stiftung, Péter Horváth Stiftung as well as the Produktionszentrum Tanz und Performance Stuttgart.
Duration: 55 Minutes
Premiered on June 2022 in Theaterhaus Stuttgart
Concept, choreography & artistic direction: Smadar Goshen
Choreographer assistance: Mar Rodriguez Valverde
Co-creation, dance & performance: Aurora Bonetti, Benoit Couchot, Bar Gonen, Selina Koch, Shih-Ping Lin, Lotta Sandborgh
Co-creation & dance on creation process: Margherita Dello Sbarba
Original music: Yehu Yaron
Additional music: ‘The Wait’ by Olafur Arnalds
Costume design: Laura Yoro
Light design & Technical direction: Ingo Jooß
Stage design: Lior Skoury
Graphic Design: Evelyn Fortmeier
Pictures: Guido Stuch
Video: Pippa Samaya