"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.
Cast & credits
Concept Michèle Noiret, Paolo Atzori, Todor Todoroff
Choreography Michèle Noiret
Choreographical assistant Fred Vaillant
Created and interpreted Caroline Cornelis, Joëlle Demulder, Stéphane Hisler, Mélanie Munt, Claire O’Neil, Jordi L.Vidal
Music Karlheinz Stockhausen,‘Tierkreis’
Interpreted by Tara Bouman: clarinet, Gillian Lampater: flute and piccolo, Achim Gorsch or Marco Blaauw: trumpet and piano
Original electroacoustic composition and interactions Todor Todoroff
Sound assistant Arnaud Riedinger
Scenography and images Paolo Atzori
Lighting Xavier Lauwers
Costumes Azniv Afsar
Set production Wim Vermeylen
Lighting technican Thom Louka
Video technican & technical coordination Philippe Warrand
Cameraman Hajo Schomerus
Video interactions programmation Guy Van Belle
Photography Sergine Laloux
Production and tour manager Alexandra de Laminne
Administration Cathy Zanté
Thanks to Catherine Simon.
A production of La Cie Michèle Noiret/Tandem asbl
In coproduction with Le Théâtre Les Tanneurs, le KunstenFESTIVALdesArts, La Monnaie/De Munt, Bruxelles/Brussel 2000,Charleroi/Danses - Centre Chorégraphique de la Communauté française de Belgique, Les Iles de Danses (Ile de France) and Le Festival Danse à Aix
With the partnership of La Ferme du Buisson, Scène Nationale (Marne-la-Vallée)
In collaboration with The Academy of Media Arts, Cologne (KHM)
With the support of Le Ministère de la Communauté française de Belgique-Service de la Danse and from La Loterie Nationale.