Grands Ballets Canadiens
Reve Dream AwayTo beautifully bring the 2012 season of les Grands Ballets Canadiens to a close, artistic director Gradimir Pankov invited multi - talented German choreographer Stephan Thoss to create a fascinating performance that invites the audience to fully immerse themselves into the surrealistic and somewhat turbulent world of dreams
When you dream, where do you go and what do you see?
To beautifully bring the 2012 season of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens to a close, artistic director Gradimir Pankov invited multi-talented German choreographer Stephan Thoss to create a fascinating performance that invites the audience to fully immerse themselves into the surrealistic and somewhat turbulent world of dreams.
Recipient of over a half-dozen prizes and distinctions, the Leipzig- born choreographer’s work has gained international recognition for the expressive and musical nature of his pieces. For Rêve, this young and inspirational artist dually designed his own sets and costumes while taking on the challenge to explore the depths of the human psyche by working on the inner mechanisms of dreams.
Through the use of various and powerful imagery, he took the surrealistic approach by blurring the lines between what is considered reality and imaginary. To channel the evocative powers of abstraction, he chose the human body as the medium through which the dancers could express a full range of human desires through researched movement. On the night I attended, the 18th of May, the two leads: Eva Kolarova and Jérémy Galdeano, brought a powerful energy and strong chemistry to the stage. We follow the two protagonists’ journey as they explore their physical attraction towards each other and redefine themselves.
The setting of “Rêve / Dream” is simple: The set consists of a single lighted desk and drawer around which two characters; a mirror man and a lamp woman, dressed in a blue gown, alternatively dance out their respective desires and passions. Meanwhile, the audience’ eyes are drawn to an overhead screen, (set on a black curtain that divides the stage in two), that is an audio-video collage of abstract images that invoke the quirky realm of dreams. At every curtain lift, different soloists of the entire 36 members of the corps de ballet perform various, demanding choreographies that are filled with sporadic, athletic, abstract and confounding gestures that force us to re-question the world around us.
The ballet’s dream – like nature had to be approached with total abandon, as individual sequences transitioned from one scene to the next. The constant flux of movement was challenging not only for the viewers but for the dancers alike.
Fascinating from every aspect, Thoss’s Rêve remains a wonderful piece that explores the tormented realm of dreamers and really brought out the best in the dancers of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. A show not to be missed!
Rêve / Dream , presented by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens is running from the 16th to the 25th of May at La Place des Arts in Montreal.
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Les Grands Ballets Canadiens http://www.grandsballets.com