Danses crues, inspired by Nuit de Saint Jean de Jean Börlin (1920) • Dominique Brun / CCN Ballet de Lorraine
Dominique Brun is invited by Petter Jacobsson and Thomas Caley, director and choreographers of Ballet de Lorraine, to take on one of the pieces from the impressive repertoire offered by the legendary ballet company Ballets Suédois that caused a sensation in Paris in the 1920s.
Brun is freely inspired by the ballet Nuit de Saint Jean by Jean Börlin, the only choreographer of the Ballets Suédois who used Swedish folk dances for this piece created at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. For Danses crues, Brun confronted Jean Börlin's folk dances with other folk dances she was interested in during her 2014 re-creation of Vaslav Nijinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps. These folk dances usually come to us through oral transmission and in an anonymous way. They strike us as “primitive” or “crude”; When transposed into a scenic form, these dances undergo cultural transformations, acting differently on the spectator’s perception. For the choreographer, the challenge lies in actively animating the implicit questions posed by Jean Börlin and which are at the heart of our current pandemic: where does art begin? How is art essential to the existence of the community?
- Piece for 12 dancers from CCN Ballet de Lorraine
- Choreography: Dominique Brun
- Production: CCN – Ballet de Lorraine, Les porteurs d’ombre
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