May B

Opening Show of 15th Guangdong Modern Dance Festival

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Choreography:Maguy Marin

Company:Compagnie Maguy Marin

Original Music:Franz Schubert, Gilles de Binche, Gavin Bryars

Costumes:Louise Marin

【About the program】

May B sets in motion the parade of a drifting human condition with the invention of an abrupt theatrical language that transforms the ridiculous, the violent and the distressing in situations.The dance’s power comes from its capacity to represent the mystery of our presence in the world.

This piece based on the writings of Samuel Beckett, whose work contradicts in its theatrical movement and atmosphere the physical and aesthetic performance of a dancer, has enabled us to lay the grounds for a secret deciphering of our most intimate, hidden and ignored gestures.

To succeed in unveiling the tiny or spectacular gestures of the many unnoticeable and inconspicuous lives in which waiting and «not quit still» stillness create a void, a huge nothingness, a silent space filled with the hesitations. When Beckett’s characters yearn for stillness, they cannot help moving; be it a little or a lot, they move.

In this essentially theatrical work, the point, for us, was less to develop words and speech than blownup form of movement, thus seeking the meeting point between movement applied to theatre on the one hand, and dance and choreographic language on the other.

【About the Choreography】

Born in Toulouse, dancer and choreographer Maguy Marin studied classical ballet at the Toulouse dance academy. She then joined the Strasbourg Dance Company and later Mudra, Maurice Béjart’s multi-disciplinary school in Brussels. In 1978, with Daniel Ambash, she founded the Ballet-Théâtre de l’Arche, which was to become the Compagnie Maguy Marin in 1984. The Centre Chorégraphique National de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne followed in 1985: its unremitting artistic work spread worldwide.

In 1987, Marin’s encounter with musician-composer Denis Mariotte was the starting point of a decisive partnership, which broadened the scope of experimentation.

Then in 1998, a new place to settle in, for a new Centre Chorégraphique National, in Rillieux-la-Pape: a place as a we in time and space to strengthen one’s ability to foster those diagonal forces resisting oblivion (H. Arendt).

The year 2011 saw a remodelling of the framework in which the company’s reflection and achievements unfold. After the intensity of the Rillieux-la-Pape years, there emerged a need for a new phase in Toulouse from 2012.

In January, 2015, Maguy Marin and the company find the region of Lyon. An installation to ramdam to Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, who engages the deployment of a new ambitious project: ramdam, a center of art.