Every Sunday in June
Stingray Classica will bring viewers to their feet with brand-new dance and ballet performances every Sunday! The special offers no less than five performances recorded at celebrated French venues. Vers un protocole de conversation? features two dancers, searching for a common language which makes George Appaix’s work an enchanting experiment. In Sciaronni’s FOLK-S, five dancers present an exhilarating performance with themes of struggle and resistance. All are dressed in typical Austrian lederhosen! The production Vertigo 20 is an overview of the rich history of Vertigo, an Israeli modern dance company based in Jerusalem. On June 16th, lovers of neoclassical ballets will enjoy the work of Hans van Manen. His work Concertante contains humour and aggression, dazzling solos, and an intense pas de deux. Van Manen is known for his extensive work with the Dutch National Ballet, and a style resembling that of Balanchine.
June 2 | Vers un protocole de conversation?
It is dance, it is theater, it is a conversation between the two. A man (Alessandro Bernardeschi) speaks while a woman (Mélanie Venino) dances. Or is it the other way around? It appears as if he is saying what she is dancing, or that he imagines what she is thinking. The two dancers searching for a common language makes George Appaix’s “Vers un protocole de conversation?” an enchanting experiment. Recorded at the Théâtre Joliette, Minoterie, in 2014.
June 9 | Vertigo 20
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Vertigo Dance Company, co-founder and artistic director Noa Wertheim produced Vertigo 20, a production that combines two decades’ worth of creations from the company’s inception to the present day. This performance was recorded on June 20, 2014 at the SILO, Espaces Culturels du SILO d’Arenc, during that year’s Festival de Marseille.
June 16 | Hans van Manen – Concertante
Hans van Manen is known as the choreographer of the Dutch National Ballet. His neoclassical style is based on that of George Balanchine. The decors are usually sober, so the audience is distracted as little as possible from the dance. The work Concertante (1994) follows the style of Van Manen’s later works and is choreographed on the Petite Symphonie Concertante by Swiss composer Frank Martin. The ballet contains lots of humor and aggression, dazzling solos and an intense pas de deux. This performance by the Bavarian State Ballet is recorded in the Prinzregentheater in Munich in 1997. Soloists are Judith Turos, Norbert Graf, Tina-Kay Bohnstedt, Patrick Teschner, Valentina Divina, Guan Deng, Silvia Confalonieri and Alen Bottaini.
June 24 | Folk-s: Will you still love me tomorrow?
For FOLK-S, choreographer Alessandro Sciaronni took the Schuhplattling - a folk dance originating from Austria and Bavaria – out of its festival context and into the theater. Dressed in lederhosen, Sciaronni and his five dancers present an exhilarating performance that is designed around the rhythm of the exhausting, shoe-slapping style. FOLK-S is the first part in a series by Sciaronni titled “Will you still love me tomorrow?” in which he explores the concepts of struggle, steadfastness, and resistance. This performance was recorded at the eighteenth edition of the Festival Dansem at the Théâtre Joliette-Minoterie.
June 30 | Yvan Vaffan
Yvan Vaffan’s titular character is a dancer and choreographer who spent his life studying the classical pas de deux before abandoning dance entirely. Jean-Claude Gallotta was inspired by this character to go through many of the academic dance movements and exercises with an ironic take on the classical pas de deux, which ends as a violent centerpiece. The ballet premiered at the Opéra Nouvel in Lyon in 1984 during the first ever Biennale de la danse de Lyon. In 2012, Gallotta decided to revisit Yvan Vaffan with help from Mathilde Altaraz. Premiering in January 2013, this new version features music by Strigall. This performance was recorded at l’Espace Malraux in Chambéry in April 2013.