The floor spins at high speed, creating forces that dictate how the dancers can and must move. This is thrilling, magnetic, fascinating dance – created by choreographer and acrobat Yoann Bourgeois, the piece has soul and enormous heart. Fascinated by the physics of natural forces, he employs engineering and precision that culminates in captivating dance poetry.
Yoann and his team have created an advanced mechanical set for the Göteborg Opera, including a six-metre crane and an enormous rotating disc that forms the centre for movement and touch. The spinning floor increases the physical forces acting on the dancers and symbolises the constant rotation of the earth, which continues regardless of what we do as humans. Of course, the relationship to the rapidly spinning plane presents a risk; however, the intention of the work is not to challenge the dancers as much as to demonstrate human vulnerabilities.
”If we only inhabit places created by and for humans, we may have the perception that humans are at the centre of everything. We know that we are not the centre of the universe and yet we behave as if we were.”
— Yoann Bourgeois
Concept and choreography – Yoann Bourgeois
Artistic assistant – Marie Vaudin
Costume design – Sigolène Pétey
Set design – Yoann Bourgeois & C3 Sud-Est / Nicolas Picot
Technical supervision – Albin Chavignon
Lighting design – David Stokholm
World premiere 6 mars 2020, GöteborgsOperan
Running time: 35 minutes
Godspeed you! Black emperor. From ”Sleep” on the album Lift your skinny fists like antennas to heaven:
- Murray Ostril: They Don’t Sleep Anymore on the Beach
- Broken Windows, Locks of Love Pt.III/3rd Part
The Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble receives the support of the Drac Rhône-Alpes/Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, the City of Grenoble, the Department of Isère, the Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Institut Français for international projects. Yoann Bourgeois is supported by BNP Paribas Foundation for the development of his projects.