16 June / 19:00
Opera and Ballet Theatre
Henry Torgue "Daphnis and Chloe"
Igor Stravinsky "The Rite of Spring"

Daphnis and Chloe (Daphnis é Chloé)

Choreography - Jean-Claude Gallotta

Choreography - assistant Mathilde Altaraz

Music by and recorded by Henry Torgue, piano

Costumes - Jacques Schiotto and Marion Mercier from Jean-Yves Langlais

Dramatist - Claude-Henri Buffard

Dancers: Francesca Ziviani, Nicolas Diguet, Sébastien Ledig

Duration: 55 minutes

The characters of Daphnis é Chloé, whose ancient origins, born from a Greek tale attributed to Longus, have come to us mainly through the music of Maurice Ravel written in 1912 for the Russian Ballet, in which Nijinsky triumphed in the title role.

When, in 1982, a few months after his ballet Ulysse, Jean-Claude Gallotta presented this “pas de trois”, he was less concerned with the story (Chloé, wife of the young shepherd Daphnis, kidnapped by pirates, is brought back to him by a miracle performed by the God Pan) than with working on the movement and capturing the energy, gentleness and violence of the battle of love.

Created for the Avignon Festival, performed at the time by Mathilde Altaraz, Jean-Claude Gallotta and Pascale Gravat, set to music and played on stage by Henry Torgue, this choreography moved people by its ability to combine the cerebral and the animal with humour and the joy of the senses.

Jean-Claude Gallotta is keen to sustain the repertory of the National Choreographic Centre in Grenoble, and after recreating Ulysse, which became Cher Ulysse in 2007, he has now chosen to direct three new, young dancers and give new life to Daphnis é Chloé, this intimate, free, sensual, fun, wild and mischievous piece (even down to the title, in which the “é” respectfully cocks a snook at the initial work).

The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du printemps)

Choreography - Jean-Claude Gallotta

Choreography - assistant Mathilde Altaraz

Costumes - Jacques Schiotto, Marion Mercier

Dramatist - Claude-Henri Buffard

Music by Igor Stravinsky (Le Sacre du printemps)

Performers (in distribution): Matthieu Barbin, Ximena Figueroa, Ibrahim Guétissi, Mathieu
Heyraud, Georgia Ives, Cécile Renard, Gaetano Vaccaro, Thierry Verger, Stéphane Vitrano,
Béatrice Warrand, Thalia Ziliotis

Duration: 1 hours 20 minutes

Every choreographer has a Sacre in him. Jean-Claude Gallotta’s is carved with a compass in a schoolboy’s desk. Only just a teenager, hunched up in his grey overall and sad boarding school, the future choreographer was one day listening to his music teacher talking about Igor Stravinsky, the Russian Ballet, Nijinsky, the "scandal" of its first performance (at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on 29 May 1913) and heard the work for the first time on an old Teppaz record player, no doubt slightly scratchy. Slumped on his wooden bench, he immediately started to daydream and was carried away by the images. He can still remember them today. Seraphic figures, sensual shadows, tormented bodies, forbidden awakenings, unexplained agitation, disturbing palpitations. These are the images that he wants to try to reassemble today into a choreography that will form the second part of the diptych begun with l'Homme à tête de chou the same dancers, the same moon-like light, the same energy that comes directly from the music.

Because Le Sacre is without doubt one of the frameworks in which he has found the impetus required to invent his choreographic journey, Jean-Claude Gallotta has chosen to work on the first version of the work, which he considers to be one of the best: raw, unaffected, without any decorative brilliance, directed and recorded by Igor Stravinsky himself.

Jean-Claude Gallotta trained in fine arts at the Ecole d’Art in his native city of Grenoble, France, but interrupted his studies to experiment with edgy performance works that brought together actors, musicians, dancers and visual artists. In 1978, he travelled to New York, where he discovered the work of Merce Cunningham and Lucinda Childs, Steve Paxton, Trisha Brown, Stuart Sherman, Yvonne Rainer.

In the 80’s by the performances "Ulysse","Daphnis and Chloe», «Mammame» Galotta announced himself as one of the leaders of French contemporary dance. He worked on many world venues - including the Paris Opera ("Variations on a theme of Ulysse", "Nosferatu") and the National Theatre de Chaillot in Paris. He has a longstanding connection to Japan, where he was first invited by stage director Tadashi Suzuki : from 1997 to 2000, Mr Gallotta headed the Dance Department of the newly-created Shizuoka Performing Arts Centre, where he founded and directed a resident company of eight Japanese dancers.  In total, Galotta created more than 60 performances throughout the world, he also makes films and participate in creating plays.