He did not see the time pass. We neither. At 71, the choreographer remains this teenager who grew up too quickly. “Le jour se rêve”, his new show at the Rond-Point in Paris (from February 10 to 20), is a tribute to his years of apprenticeship in New York. “When I went to study with Merce Cunningham, one of the first things he said to us, to us who wanted at all costs to assert our qualities by jumping higher and higher, was: ‘Don’t try to make heroes.” I understood that his essential teaching was to exhort us to be free, to free ourselves from codes, in a word that we had to dare. What Jean-Claude Gallotta will do when he returns to France.
On stage, the choreographer offers “a new sensitive sound and visual space”
He choreographed the rock, “The Rite of Spring” or “The Cabbage-Headed Man”. And today invites visual artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and musician Rodolphe Burger into her dream world. “I didn’t invite them to illustrate, dress or embellish my choreography, but so that the music and the costumes “live their life” on the stage, emancipate themselves and create with the dance a new sensitive sound and visual space. “Above all, Jean-Claude Gallotta offers two solos, a real performance. “I don’t get on set that often anymore, but I manage to find pleasure in it, especially because I discovered Merce Cunningham on stage at the age I am now. Thinking about him every night comforts me and keeps me company. »
Finally, the dancer has just reassembled “Ulysse”, one of his successes. “By alternating repertoire covers with creations, I try to say that French contemporary dance already has a history, and that it needs to be made known. »
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