Le Songe du Minotaure



13 December 2009
(Les 13 au 15 déc.)
Ballet de l'Opéra
Toulon / France
30 May 2008
(Ballet de Toulon)
Théâtre de Châteauavallon
Châteauavallon / France
24 May 2002
Salle Jacques Brel
Fontenay-sous-Bois / France
15 March 2002
Maison de la Musique
Nanterre / France
24 April 2001
Blagnac / France
11 April 2001
(Les 11 et 12 avril)
Le Phénix
Valenciennes / France
07 April 2001
Bagneux / France
11 June 2000
(Du 11 au 13 juin)
Festival de Jerusalem
Jerusalem / Israel
05 May 2000
(Les 05 et 06 mai)
Teatro Juan Bravo
Segovia / Espagne
04 May 2000
Teatro Palacio de la Audiencia
Soria / Espagne

Ballet for 8 or 24 dancers
Duration time: 65 min

Created for 8 dancers at the Biennale de Lyon, on September 1998
Recreated in a version for 24 dancers at the Komische Oper of Berlin in 2002.
This spectacle has been recreated in May 2008 for the Opéra de Toulon-Provence-Méditerranée. It will be played again in this theater in december 2009.

Direction and choreography: Blanca Li
Music: Stelio Vlavianos, Erik Satie, Charles Koechlin, Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Ravel, Micheal Daughterty.
Lights: Nicolas Salvatori

Co-production: Biennale de la Danse in Lyon, Maison des Arts in Créteil, Moulin du Roc in Niort, with the help of the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations.

«I started on the idea of a pure choreographic piece, putting the emphasis on the beauty of nearly naked bodies. I was naturally guided in my inspiration by Greek statuary. While looking for images and movements, I found myths, heroes, an inhibited approach of nature and sex, philosophy, humor, and above all, aesthetics, the sense of beauty underneath all creation. Then I wove different themes, the Minotaur and the animal rituals from Crete, Narcissus, Pygmalion, the Amazons, Athena, figures from Greek temples and ceramics, Dyonisos festivities, love, war, the Olympic birth of sports. For the ambiance, I recalled my childhood memories of Mediterranean landscapes, the blinding midday light, the sound of crickets and wind in pinetrees. The show will be interpreted by 12 dancers. The white colour has been chosen for costumes and set, owing to its purity and elegance. For music, I found in some classical and modern composers’ work the Hellenic inspiration that has also inspired so many contemporary talents (Satie, Debussy, Fauré, Ravel, Kœchlin, Ted Shawn, Nijinsky, Martha Graham, etc…)» Blanca Li