The Ballet National de Marseille presents choreographies by Lucinda Childs, Lasseindra Ninja, Oona Doherty and Tânia Carvalho.
The arrival of the (LA)HORDE collective at the helm of the Ballet National de Marseille (BNM) in 2019 marks a historic break. Created by Roland Petit in 1972, then directed by Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Frédéric Flamand and Emio Greco/Pieter C. Scholten, the southernmost of the nineteen National Choreographic Centres spread around France has always built bridges between its own epoque and a dance where the idea of contemporary ballet found an echo, each time different. With Marine Brutti, Jonathan Debrouwer and Arthur Harel, who founded (LA)HORDE* in 2013, the range of possibilities today extends beyond questions of choreographic style. The trio has formed a think-tank around choreographic creation and each of their devised pieces has explored new perspectives and avenues for reflection. For them, dance is an element integrated into a rhizome of languages that respond to each other. Invited to continue their transformation of habits within the institution, they have imagined an artistic project that aims to integrate all BNM personnel, be they administrative, technical or artistic, and to conceive a way of creating where the company is not just a “receptacle” for their projects. The upcoming changes have also resulted in a profound renewal of the company, with the majority of dancers preferring to pursue their careers elsewhere. Thirteen new dancers have been recruited, from the Batsheva Dance Company (Tel Aviv), New York and the Ballet Junior de Genève, among others. ROOM WITH A VIEW gave a first glimpse of the new Marseille style, a show created at the Châtelet, in total osmosis with the composer Rone.
By Thomas Hahn
Co-réalisation du Théâtre du Châtelet et du Théâtre de la Ville dans le cadre de la saison hors-les murs du Théâtre de la Ville et de la saison 2020-2021 du Théâtre du Châtelet