Yuval Pick, Centre Chorégraphique National de Rillieux-la-Pape
Acta est fabula
Post-performance discussion October 19
Why is it so hard for us to unite around the existing symbols? Can other symbols be invented? Acta est fabula focuses on the idea of the collective: how it forms, how individuals interact with it, what shared space it defines. Born in Israel, but living in France, Yuval Pick pays special attention to the idea of belonging to a place, a community. In France, Pick is intrigued by the lack of a connection to common symbols, even with our basic social need to create and adopt symbols. In this work the dancers seek to create something that unites them as a group and allows them to live the uniqueness of each others. The work draws on sounds and songs that build our collective memory and leave us traces.
The work is a manifesto of dancers inspired by a daily practice that requires them to dance together and in unison. This unison is an organic phenomenon, striving to combine the energies and uniqueness of each person, bringing individuals to be different together. Acta est fabula means the end of something. The feeling of the end. End of an era. The end of youth. Of a person. Of place.
Yuval Pick, originally from Israel, is the director of Centre Chorégraphique National de Rillieux-la-Pape. He had a long long career as a choreographer, dancer and a teacher beginning with his training at the Bat-Dor Dance School and then the Batsheva Dance Company. He joined the Opera Ballet of Lyon and eventually founded his own company, The Guests, in 2002. Since then he has created works marked by their elaborate movement vocabulary in which the relationships between individuals and groups are often highlighted and challenged.
The permanent company is the beating heart of the CCNR. It consists of five core dancers, each offering a singular, artistic commitment which continuously feeds the creative project. The company engages in various kinds of research and maintains the extensive repertory of Yuval Pick’s creations in France and abroad. It represents the desire to create audacious work, channelling deep-seated research toward the creation of all its movement, as well as fostering strong relationships to music and customized acoustic scores.