Twelve Seasons

Creation from 12 to 20 May 2001 at Théâtre Les Tanneurs, Brussels / KunstenFESTIVALdesArts.

"With imagination we abandon the ordinary course of things. Seeing and imagining are just as antithetical as presence and absence. Imagining is about leaving, about rushing towards a new life..."

Gaston Bachelard

Following on from In Between, Michèle Noiret continues her exploration into the poetic resources offered by technology. Twelve Seasons is taking her back to the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen, 25 years after their first meeting. Tierkreis, Stockhausen's chosen work (meaning literally circle of animals), was inspired by characters from the twelve signs of the zodiac, themselves linked to the position of planets and stars and to the four elements of water, earth, air and fire.

In this performance, the choreographer works in parallel with the dancers and the musicians on the imaginative world of the twelve characters of the zodiac, their changing moods, their substance, colours and lights, then on the melodic and rhythmic lines of the score. Stockhausen's music will not be altered, but Todor Todoroff, the electro-acoustic engineer and composer, expand it with haunting reminiscences. Paolo Atzori, an architect turned digital stage designer, provide abstract fluid images, metaphors for the four elements, the seasons and the passage of time.