Michèle Noiret continues her work of transmission by teaching a key piece of her repertoire: Vertèbre, which she created and performed in 1989. In a mutual sense of curiosity and desire for exchange, pieces from this typical solo from the choreographer's repertoire will be adopted in their original form, while other pieces will be reinvented and infused with the personality and creativity of the new performer Sara Tan.
In the middle of the stage, between two rays of light suspended like wires, we witness the metamorphosis of a strange creature clinging to a chair upside down: a black silhouette with gloves on and with strong, insect-like limbs. Hunched, she clings to her pedestal in search of balance before trying to fly out. When she finally comes loose, there is an explosive zest for life, the desire to overcome the evil and noise of the world that weigh her down.
Vertèbre, created and danced in 1989, 29 years ago, will be performed by Sara Tan. “I wanted this transmission in the form of an exchange. By sharing my expertise, my personal experiences as a researcher, performer and choreographer, I also convey an era, a story,” Michèle Noiret says. “The solo is a form in which the invention of language is very personal. It’s not just about describing movements in order to convey them. It’s indispensable to find the internal dynamism of all the processes that one has brought into play, to find the origin of the states of body, intentions. A work that entails movement as much as words. I am transmitting this solo to Sara, a young dancer with a strong, singular personality, curious, perceptive, sensitive and reacting to every detail. It’s what made me want to retain only half of the solo and to reinvent the other half with her. Giving each other the time to improvise, like I did with Liza Penkova in DÉSIRS and with David Drouard in the « Palimpseste » duo, is a form of resistance. Whether for transmission or a creation, taking the time, whatever it costs, becomes almost a political act, running counter to an era in which everything has to be fast, consumable and profitable.
Cast & credits
Conception and choreography Michèle Noiret
Created and performed by Sara Tan
Original music Youssef Yancy, Todor Todoroff
Set design and costumes Michèle Noiret
Costumes assitant Eugénie Poste
Light design Xavier Lauwers
Light & sound operator Léonard Clarys
Technical direction Frédéric Nicaise
Photography Sergine Laloux
Production and tour manager Claire Geyer
Communication and press Alexandra de Laminne
Administration and coordination Cathy Zanté
Production Compagnie Michèle Noiret/Tandem asbl
Supported by the La Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles - Service de la Danse, La Loterie Nationale and Wallonie-Bruxelles International (WBI).