Inspired by fantastical images and archaic rituals, Silver Rosa conjures the visceral need for individuals to build bonds. Yuval Pick wants to set us in motion and touch our heart. The place where our endless desires pulsate.
His work has always been informed by the desire to create something common, to build new possibilities from our otherness. For this new piece, he has brought together a group of ten dancers of different ages and origins, each reflecting a world and a singular story, in a shimmering landscape both ancient and futuristic.
With them, Yuval Pick invents new myths based on folk rituals, songs and shared movements. Silver Rosa creates a link between the traditions, gestures and music that bind us. The choreographer, who heads the National Choreography Centre of Rillieux-la-Pape, has composed a work that responds to our contemporary urge to bond with others. His holistic approach, embracing the multiplicity of our existences and experiences, asks: what makes us human?
It was during lockdown that you felt the desire to make this piece. How was this period for you?
Yuval Pick (YP) — We all experienced this standstill in our flesh, in our bodies. I was really struck by the great range of our experiences. I wanted to reflect this density by bringing together dancers from my company in their twenties and thirties with performers aged over forty-five. Dancing beyond this age is a courageous thing to do, in a profession where ageing isn’t visible or valued. You can sense their lifepath in their gestures…
“They are ten dancers of different ages and backgrounds, inventing a dance in common, a way of connecting with each other, of breaking down boundaries. As if to thumb his nose at classical ballet, which advocates standardization of bodies and paths, but also at contemporary academicism, which produces the same forms of mimicry, Yuval Pick imagines, with Silver Rosa, a collective utopia on stage.”
Danser canal historique
“With this group, the choreographer has chosen a composition that returns to the archaic principles of saltatory space – the circle and the line – to explore the nature of the link between beings that dance constitutes. It’s a kind of plunge into the primordial matrix of choreography, in the dancers’ relationship with each other and with the audience.”
Around the creation
Teaser of Silver Rosa
Choreography: Yuval Pick
Choreographic assistant: Sharon Eskenazi
Performers: Gilles Baron, Julie Charbonnier, Céline Gayon, Simon Hervé, Axel Escot, Madoka Kobayashi, Adrien Martins, Francesca Mattavelli, Jade Sarette, Ernest Sarino Mandap
Music: Max Bruckert
Assisted by Pierre-Jean Heude
Set design: Bénédicte Jolys
Assisted by Amandine Fonfrede
Lights: Sébastien Lefèvre
Costumes: Gabrielle Marty
Assisted by Florence Bertrand and Cécile Destouches
Artistic eye: Michel Raskine
Production: CCNR/Yuval Pick
Coproduction: Château Rouge, scène conventionnée à Annemasse, La Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2023, Le Toboggan à Décines-Charpieu
Residencies: Maison de la Danse, Lyon – Pôle européen de création, Château Rouge, scène conventionnée à Annemasse, Le Toboggan à Décines-Charpieu, in progress…
Thanks to Romain Tissot, Balyam Ballabeni, Maxence Ellul, Amandine Fonfrede, L’Echappée – médiathèque de Rillieux-la-Pape
Lenght: 60 min
Photos: Sébastien Erôme