Working with the weight of another person means accepting him or her with all his or her baggage, constantly adjusting, being transformed by his or her touch.

To revisit Bach’s oeuvre, Yuval Pick and his dancers created a playlist of the classic works in the Bach repertoire.

Using an Ipod, they zap from one excerpt to another, creating their own acoustic space in real time. 

Inspired by this musical universe, Yuval Pick created a choreographic score, based on an exploration of the concept of weight: working with the weight of another person means accepting him or her with all his or her baggage, constantly adjusting, being transformed by his or her touch. 

The piece renders this kind of communication visible, signs of a heightened awareness of the other partner, the use of a common vocabulary which has developed out of the relationships between the performers. Through this approach, Yuval Pick develops topics such as friendship, solidarity and sometimes conflict, making them concrete and readable for young audiences.

The work opens with a solo inspired by Goldberg Variation’s Aria then shifts into a trio.

Using baroque images, PlayBach is a poetic experience to pass through, full of humanity and powerfully embodied. 

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PlayBach, Yuval Pick © DR
PlayBach, Yuval Pick © DR
PlayBach, Yuval Pick © DR


Choreography : Yuval Pick 
Dancers : Madoka Kobayashi
or Julie Charbonnier, Adrien Martins, Guillaume Forestier
Lighting : Ludovic Bouaud  
Costumes : Emmanuelle Geoffroy et Aude Bretagne

Music : Jean-Sébastien Bach 

Concerto Bach Harpsichord en La BWV 1055 Allegro 
Concerto Bach Oboe en Ré mineur BWV 1059R Adagio Cantate BWV 80 «Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott» 
Clavier bien tempéré n°1 BWV 846 – Prélude et fugue n°4 en Ré majeur 
Cantate BWV 147 «Jésus que ma joie demeure» 
Concerto Brandebourgeois n°3 en Sol BWV 1048 Oratorio de Noël BWV 248 «Wie Soll Ich dich Empfangen» 
Passion selon Saint Matthieu BWV 244 «Wet hat dich so geschtagen» 
Clavier bien tempéré, prélude 1 en Do, BWV 846

Production : CCNR / Yuval Pick 

Création for the Roubaix CCN as part of DanceWindows

Photography © DR



December 6 2019
Aux Échappées Belles, Lyon
November 21 + 22 2019
Scenario Pubblico, Catania (Sicile, Italie)
November 19 + 20 2019
Guangdong Dance Festival, Canton (China)


April 26 2019
L'Autre Scène du Grand Avignon, Vedène


December 6 + 7 2018
Centre Culturel André Malraux, Scène Nationale de Vandoeuvre
May 18 2018
Espace Paul Eluard, Montbard
April 13 2018
Espace culturel Tabourot des Accords, Saint-Apollinaire


March 6 2018
LUX, Scène Nationale de Valence
January 28 + 29 2018
Théâtre de la Cité internationale, Paris
Inside Faits d'hiver Festival
January 20 2018
Salle polyvalente, Polminhac


January 19 2018
Salle André Thivet, Mauriac


December 8 + 9 2017
KLAP Maison pour la danse, Marseille
June 11 2017
Château de Chavaniac-Lafayette
Inside Les Déboulés of May Festival, Scène Nationale de Cavaillon
April 4 + 5 2017
La Filature, Scène Nationale de Mulhouse


April 15 + 16 2016
Alexander Theater, Helsinki (Finland)


June 27 2015
Parc Jeanne Jugan (Lyon 3) inside Tout le monde dehors Festival, Lyon
February 27 2015
Antananarivo (Madagascar)
February 25 2015
Gymnase Soavita, Tamatave (Madagascar)


February 20 2015
Théâtre Luc Donat, Le Tampon (Ile de la Réunion)
February 19 2015
TEAT Champ fleuri, Saint-Denis (Ile de la Réunion)
February 17 2015
Lycée Mahatma Gandhi, Saint-André (Ile de la Réunion)


February 132015
Théâtre National, Port Louis (Ile Maurice)


November 5 to 7 & October 2 to 3 2014
Scène Nationale de Cavaillon