Quintette Cercle

A fundamental, leaping, singing ballet
date de creation: 
2006

choreography: Boris Charmatz
dancers: Nuno Bizarro or Andreas Müller, Boris Charmatz, Anna Mac Rae, Latifa Laâbissi or Mette Ingvartsen, Fabrice Ramalingom

Have a slice of the show.
We sing of, to, and for, Galina Ustvolskaya's music - which includes some of the densest pieces of the 20th century. We sing them as if they were popular hits of today, to be heard regularly on the radio. The whole of modernity, the whole of Russia, the whole soul: this music seems to embrace wholeness. The whole of History. And we in turn embrace this music whose wholeness can only shimmer.
Voice and body share space following a strict code. The one's rhythms nourish the other's leaps, to form an amalgam. A kind of fissured stone gone mad.
We hold hands in a ring in the old-fashioned way. The dance only happens when we leave the circle, the singing, the music - this link that we have in common. Dance takes hold of us as soon as we let go hands, then leaves us straight away when we go back to our places... furtively. And furtively, we search for the alternative space which lets us live in this world as in a fundamental ballet.

For the visitor couched down in front of the pseudo-installation héâtre-élévision, the multiple shows that form it are revealed only in part, when the piece is dissected. Each dance is meticulously reduced to minuscule television size. The extract from "Quintette Cercle" shown in héâtre-élévision is filmed from afar, and the energy of the dancers' faces, and of the dance itself, can only be guessed. When the film was being made, one thing became obvious: that if Quintette Cercle managed to squash itself into the television set, it would be in order to emerge from it all the greater. We dreamed of a live version whose power would actually fill real theatre volume... and which would be our revenge on pixel-ised faces and flattened physicality.
This is it.

N.B.: Some movements can't be swallowed. To free ourselves of them, we make dances. An armful of these indigestible movements was put into the television set... but the set leaked, gesticulations came out again, and heads popped up.
Whether we want it or not, the "asymmetric grinning dance with a stitch in its side" pops up often. On the other hand, the "dance of the pregnant dancer sleeping atop a piece of mutton" is well sealed in.

Boris Charmatz

Lights: Yves Godin
General stage manager: Frédéric Vannieuwenhuyse
Voice work: Dalila Khatir
Sound: Olivier Renouf
Music: Henri Cowell (Anger Dance, Aeolian harp); Galina Ustvolskaya (Composition Dona nobis Pacem); and dancers
Production: Association edna ; Musée de la danse-Dancing Museum
Coproduction: Festival Montpellier Danse 2006, Festival d'Automne - Paris, Les Spectacles Vivants, Centre Pompidou - Paris
Quintette Cercle premiered the 24th June 2006 at the centre chorégraphique national de montpellier languedoc-roussillon, studio Bagouet, in the framework of the Festival Montpellier Danse
"We thank Julia Cima, Mathilde Lapostolle and Benoît Lachambre for their participation to create those dances, as well héâtre-élévision's coproducers ".