Vocabulary of need questions the rhythmic modalities of the group by developing an orchestral language for eight dancers, inspired by J.S. Bach’s Partita in D minor.

“Music and sound are fundamental sources of inspiration in my work. I’m interested in exploring the relations that can be created between music and movement rhythm. How do they divulge each other, how do they decompose and recompose space, how do they embody it? How the human being is revealed through their interaction?

Simultaneously with this research, I am also examining the individual’s relationship with a group. How does an ensemble of unique individuals bring alive a shared space? What kind of rituals can we imagine in order to create a feeling of belonging?

Today, I would like to confront a major work in the history of music, Bach’s Partita in D minor, BWV 1004. When I listened to this universal, timeless piece, I was touched and inspired by its emotional force. As a contemporary artist and choreographer, I would like to offer my dancers and the audience an encounter with this music, an opportunity to connect to something bigger, something spiritual.”

Yuval Pick, January 2019

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La Terrasse

Delphine Baffour
february 2020

“Music is at the heart of Yuval Pick’s work. For Vocabulary of need, he immerses himself in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, specifically the sublime Partita No.2 in D minor. By putting a community on stage that is searching for meaning, that is anchored to the earth and tends to rise up, he subtly underlines the spirituality of this masterpiece of baroque music.”

Danser canal historique

Thomas Hahn
january 2020

“More than ever, he places vocabulary at the fore of a score for which he has developed a language that is highly articulate, sharp, complex, calligraphic and sculpted with great precision for his eight dancers. The variations are infinite, the dancers arrive in waves and withdraw like the sea.”

Around the creation

Vocabulary of need’s teaser

Choreographic score of Vocabulary of need, Kevin Martial notation, as part of the 1st cycle diploma in Laban movement notation at the CNSMD in Paris.

Vocabulary of need, Yuval Pick (2020) © Sébastien Erôme
Vocabulary of need, Yuval Pick (2020) © Sébastien Erôme
Vocabulary of need, Yuval Pick (2020) © Sébastien Erôme


Choreography: Yuval Pick
Choreographic assistant: Sharon Eskenazi
Knowing look: Michel Raskine
Dancers: Julie Charbonnier, Noémie De Almeida Ferreira, Thibault Desaules, Guillaume Forestier, Alejandro Fuster Guillén, Fanny Gombert, Simon Hervé, Madoka Kobayashi
Sound creation: Max Bruckert
Extracts from Partita en ré mineur de J.S. Bach, by Christoph Poppen*

Lights: Sébastien Lefèvre
Set design: Bénédicte Jolys
Costumes: Paul Andriamanana

Production: CCNR/Yuval Pick

Coproduction: Le Théâtre – Scène Nationale de Saint-Nazaire, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts – Weiwuying (Taiwan), Theater Freiburg (Allemagne), KLAP Maison pour la danse à Marseille, Biennale de la Danse de Lyon 2020, GRAME Centre National de Création Musicale

Residences: KLAP Maison pour la danse à Marseille, Maison de la Danse de Lyon
Ce projet bénéficie d’une résidence dans le cadre du Pôle européen de création Maison de la Danse / DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Old artistic team: Mark Christoph Klee, Andrès Garcia Martinez, Adrien Martins

Photography: Sébastien Erôme

*With kind permission fromECM Records



March 14, 2024 at 8pm
Le Dôme Théâtre d'Albertville


May 27 + 28, 2023 at 2:30pm
National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts — Weiwuying (Taïwan)
May 4, 2023
Centres culturels de Limoges
January 19 2023
Concertgebouw, Bruges (Belgium)
As part of Bach Academy Festival — reservations on concertgebouw.be


January 10 2023
Châteauvallon, Scène Nationale - Ollioules


November 25 2022
L'Esplanade du Lac - Divonne-les-Bains
September 10 2022
Théâtre de Bourg-en-Bresse (France)
January 25 2022
Espace 1789, Saint-Ouen
As part of Faits d'Hiver Festival


October 5 2021
Château Rouge, Annemasse
From 3 to 4 june 2021
La Maison de la danse de Lyon (France)
As part of the Biennial Dance Festival of Lyon


December 18 2020
Espace 1789, Saint-Ouen
Representations for professionals only
February 8 2020
KLAP - Maison pour la danse, Marseille
January 17 + 18 2020
Le Théâtre - Scène Nationale de Saint-Nazaire
French Première