The movements resonate with each other and forge relationships, but these relationships never crush nor cancel each body’s unique nature, its open inventiveness.

Ply’s starting point was the collaboration that took place between Yuval Pick and Ashley Fure in 2014. In 2016, Yuval Pick revisited the piece by reorganizing its dynamic. With a new cast and a fresh take on the sound’s punctuation by the movement, he further reveals the musicality and the humanity of the piece.

As he did in both No play hero (2012) and loom (2014), in Ply Yuval Pick continues his exploration of movement to contemporary American music: he strips down its many layers, deconstructing them in order to re-deploy their essential structures… Having distilled this process down to a sort of pure choreographic “marrow,” he now begins classifying movement according to new configurations, moving them in mirror patterns, transferring them from one dancer to another, reversing their directions, exposing them to continual variation, in which they will be executed in different rhythms or from different points of view.

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Marie-Christine Vernay
juin 2014

“Meanwhile, from Rillieux to Créteil, Yuval Pick introduces with the American composer Ashley Fure Ply, a creation for 5 dancers, intimate and mineral.”

New York Times

David Allen
janvier 2016

“Ms. Fure most potently used the idea of physical labor in her electroacoustic contribution to a ballet, “Ply” (2014), commissioned by Ircam and choreographed by Yuval Pick. Here, dancers physically reshaped their own soundscape, carting speakers around the stage. But the music, too, was corporeally related to the action.”

Around the creation

Teaser of Ply

PLY, Yuval Pick © Slawek Przerwa
PLY, Yuval Pick © Slawek Przerwa
PLY, Yuval Pick © Slawek Przerwa


Choreography: Yuval Pick
Choreography Assistant: Sharon Eskenazi
Music: Ashley Fure *
Performers: Julie Charbonnier, Madoka Kobayashi, Jérémy Martinez, Adrien Martins, Alexander Standard
Costumes: Emilie Piat
Lighting: Nicolas Boudier
IRCAM Computer Music Design: Manuel Poletti *
Sound: Raphaël Guénot

* Commissioned by Ircam-Centre Pompidou

Production: CCNR / Yuval Pick

Coproduction: Ircam-Centre Pompidou, Le Rive Gauche, Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, TEAT Champ Fleuri | TEAT Plein Air, Théâtres départementaux de La Réunion

Residency: MAC de Créteil

Photos © Slawek Przerwa

Length: 55 min



May 18 2019
Philharmonie de Wrowclaw (Pologne)
Inside Musica Electronica Nova Festival
January 19 2019
Musée d'Art Contemporain, Lyon


December 1st + 2nd 2017
Freiburg Theater (Allemagne)


September 24 2016
CCN de Rillieux-la-Pape
Biennale de la Danse de Lyon
May 19 2016
Festival Les Musiques, Marseille
March 11 + 12 2016
CCN de Rillieux-la-Pape
Biennale Musiques en Scène


March 17 2015
Le Rive Gauche, Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray


November 18 + 19 2014
Théâtre Champfleuri, Saint-Denis de la Réunion, Ile de la Réunion
Festival Total danse au TEAT
October 15 + 16 + 17 2014
Centre National de la Danse, Pantin
September 18 + 19 + 20 2014
CCN de Rillieux-la-Pape
Biennale de la Danse de Lyon


June 13 + 14 2014
Scène Nationale de Créteil
Festival ManiFeste de l'Ircam MAC