Archive for Les Gémeaux

Solstice [Blanca Li dance company]

Posted in pictures with tags , , , , , on November 1, 2017 by xi'an

Yesterday night, we went to watch a [contemporary] dance show entitled Solstice in the nearby Les Gémeaux theatre. (With real tickets this time!) As I had no notion of what the show was about, it came as a massive shock, from the design of the scene, sitting under a white cloud that turns to fog or to waves, to the powerful soundtrack, oscillating between industrial music and Western Africa djembe and kora, including a scene with percussions made of hitting water, to impressive dancers, conveying vividly different stages of life and death and communion with or rejection from nature… The final scenes involving a dark sand that could substitute for water, pollution, or just the sand of a fighting arena, were particularly strong and moving. But so were those in a recreated tempest, with a stunning video background. Brilliant!

end of my dream! [aka no free lunch]

Posted in pictures with tags , , , , , , , on October 21, 2017 by xi'an

In June, last June, I received a collection of nominal tickets for the National Theatre next door, Les Gémeaux, which animates a rich and diverse scene, attracting to my suburb spectators from all over Paris. Scene that I do not attend as much as I would like, except for a few contemporary dance shows now and then… As I had not ordered these tickets, I was rather pleasantly surprised and wondered at the source of this princely gift, ruling out close family and anonymous sponsors! And the size of it was way too much for a commercial teaser. The most likely explanation was thus a mistake send to the wrong X. Nonetheless, being at home for the first concert, I went to check whether or not my allotted seats were occupied. And unsurprisingly they were. (I did not push the cheek as far as engaging into a discussion with my homonym!) Missing an Austrian theme with Mozart and Haydn. (But I have regular tickets for ext weekend!)

Russell Maliphant Company

Posted in Kids, pictures with tags , , , , on May 24, 2017 by xi'an

Last weekend, the Russell Maliphant Company from London was performing in a theatre nearby (in our backyard!) and we managed to get tickets at the last minute. While I am not at all versed in modern dance, this was a fantastic experience, with very moving performances from (guest) dancers like Lucia Lacarra and Marlon Dino above, a very elaborate impact of lighting that managed to duplicate or cancel depth, space, and time, great musical tracks, and a unique quality in the movements of the dancers.