Initio, a choreographic Opera

Work declined in 2 forms :

  • Initio, a choreographic opera for 5 dancers and 1 singer / 2016 creation
  • Initio [LIVE], a choreographic opera pour 5 dancers et 2 singers, 6 musicians, 1 conductor et 1 chamber choir – By Le Balcon & C’Interscribo | Tatiana Julien / 2017 creation

By choreographer Tatiana Julien and composer Pedro Garcia-Velasquez.

 

From the beginning to the origins of the theater. Initio tells us about a beginning, the passage of beings, an introspection which leads from the formless to the articulated. Of a humanity swarming in desherence, embodied by the choir which carries -as in the ancient tradition- the voice of the people, a first community is extracted. It gives us the sweetness and the beauty of an intimate and existential despair: the search for a place, the quest for a metaphysical meaning.
The first act tells of the wanderings of these characters through a dance of prayer or meditation. The second act unfolds in the immanent world of musicians and projects us into the place of the theater and its origins. The narrative then takes the form of a celebration, a profane ritual, where the spectacle is offered as a possible alternative to this quest, transforming the world.

Au plateau, un chœur et des chanteurs grouillent ou tourbillonnent. Des musiciens, un chef d’orchestre au corps habité par le travail chorégraphique, et des danseurs-personnages incarnent la musique, ils se frictionnent avec elle. Après avoir vu et aimé des musiciens mis en scène dans le cycle d’opéras Licht de Stockhausen, nous avons rêvé d’injecter dans le corps des musiciens un langage scénique abstrait et précis, qui part de leur présence d’interprète. Nous voulions ainsi organiser une communion et une horizontalité des présences, sans hiérarchie de langage. Se prendre par la main, se lever, construire ensemble un espace de partage entre les différents artistes jusqu’à inclure le public.

On the stage, a choir and singers swarm and swirl. Musicians, a conductor with a body inhabited by choreographic work, and the dancers embody the music, they rub with it. After seeing and loving musicians staged in the Licht opera cycle by Stockhausen, we dreamed of injecting into the musicians’ bodies an abstract and precise scenic language, which starts from their presence as performers. We thus wanted to organize a communion and a horizontality of the presences, without hierarchy of language. Taking each other by the hand, stand up, building together a space of sharing between different artistic fields ; until including the audience.

Speech navigates between bodies, sound, music and song. Initio is an opera conceived and staged according to a choreographic logic. The work is situated between poetic reverie and opera. Speech navigates between the languages of the body, sound, music and song. The narration is exploded in the service of an open, abstract and colorful sense.

 

> TOUR DATES < Initio [LIVE]

creation / premiere
• November 29 – December 2 2017 – Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse, Paris
tour
• January 23, 2018 – Festival Art Danse CDCN, Opéra de Dijon

> PRESS SELECTION <

Dansercanalhistorique • Thomas Hahn, December 5 2017

I/O Gazette • Odile Cougole, December 8, 2017

La grande parade • Imane Akalay, December 3, 2017

Un soir ou un autre • Guy Degeorges, December 3, 2017

El espectador (Colombie) • Ricardo Abdahllah, December 12, 2017

Cultura Commestibile, (Italie) • Francesco Gurrieri, December 9, 2017

Paris Art • December 2, 2017

Théâtre du blog • Jean Couturier, December 30, 2017

Download the press release of  “Initio”  here

> TOUR DATES < Initio [Recorded music]

creation / premiere
• November 17, 2016 – Festival Instances – Espace des Arts, Scène nationale de Chalon-sur-Saône
tour
• January 30 & 31, 2017 – Festival Faits d’Hiver – Théâtre de la Cité Internationale, Paris
• February 02, 2017 – Les Quinconces-L’espal, le Mans

> PRESS SELECTION <

Dansercanalhistorique • Thomas Hahn, February 3, 2017

La C’interscribo est soutenue par la Direction régionale des affaires culturelles des Hauts-de-France / Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication au titre de l’aide à la structuration 17-18 / par la Région Hauts- de-France au titre de soutien renforcé. Tatiana Julien est artiste associée à l’Espace des Arts depuis janvier 2014 et au CDCN Art Danse Dijon- Bourgogne depuis janvier 2016.