Ballet national de Marseille: Roommates

1 –⁠ 3 Mar 2024, various times
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Performance & dance
From £20
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Dancers performing Weather is Sweet by (LA)HORDE
Blandine Soulage

Dancers from Ballet national de Marseille perform six pieces – from minimalist to hyper-realist – chosen by (LA)HORDE to celebrate the dance collective’s influences.

The programme includes two pieces by (LA)HORDE, hyper-realist dance theatre by Peeping Tom, the contemporary vision of Claude Brumachon and Benjamin Lamarche, the minimalism of Lucinda Childs, and a genre-clashing collaboration between Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud.

The choices pay homage to choreographers who have shaped LA(HORDE)’s perspective.

By bringing such diverse works together, (LA)HORDE, who have directed Ballet national de Marseille since 2019, also aims to challenge the notion of archives and heritage, considering the way in which pieces are appropriated or re-appropriated.

Grime Ballet – Dance Because You Can’t Talk to Animals by Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud draws on previous collaborations which used elements of ballet, Jamaican dancehall, krump, house and split and jump. Here their work is combined with the intensity of grime, the electronic music genre that emerged in east London in the early 2000s.

Weather is Sweet by (LA)HORDE is a new work in which the dancers embody self-love. They play with amorous narcissism, deconstruct amorous forms and celebrate the freedom of loving, of existing, of being deprived, of wearing yourself out looking, consuming, struggling to exist.

Oiwa by Peeping Tom is inspired by the Japanese legend of the same name. It’s a tale of desire, the forces at work in a couple’s relationship, and a ghost.

Concerto by Lucinda Childs features black-clad dancers moving against a grey background. It’s paired with Henryk Górecki’s music, whose nonlinear structures disrupt the minimalist lines of Childs’ choreography.

Les Indomptés by Claude Brumachon and Benjamin Lamarche has been performed hundreds of times all over the world. The pair stage this two-hander again for this programme, offering a blend of volcanic activity and sensuality, softness and brutality.

The 15-minute excerpt from Room With A View by (LA)HORDE is set to music by RONE. The piece expresses the legitimate anger felt by today’s generations as they seek to rally communities of celebration, and battle to make sense of it all.

Production by Ballet national de Marseille; direction by (LA)HORDE. Co-produced by Théâtre de la Ville, Paris. With the support of Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels.

Cecilia Bengolea & François Chaignaud, Franck Chartier/Peeping Tom, Claude Brumachon & Benjamin Lamarche, Lucinda Childs, (LA)HORDE: Marine Brutti, Jonathan Debrouwer, Arthur Harel choreography
With Ballet national de Marseille
Ballet national de Marseille production 

(LA)HORDE direction
Théâtre de la Ville-Paris co-production
With the support of Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels

With dancers of Ballet national de Marseille: Sarah Abicht, Izzac Carroll, Joao Castro, Titouan Crozier, Myrto Georgiadi, Eddie Hookham, Nonoka Kato, Jonatan Jorgensen, Aya Sato, Elena Valls, Nahimana Vandenbussche, Antoine Vander Linden

(LA)HORDE choreography
Salomé Poloudenny costumes
Alexandra Aleynikova costume assistant
Pierre Avia music
Éric Wurtz lighting design

Cecilia Bengolea & François Chaignaud choreography & costumes
Erika Miyauchi assistant choreographer
Stitches music
Éric Wurtz lighting design

Franck Chartier/Peeping Tom choreography & costumes
Louis-Clément Da Costa artistic assistant
Atsushi Sakai music
Raphaëlle Latini sound design
Héloïse Bouchot costume assistant
Éric Wurtz lighting design

Lucinda Childs choreography & costumes
Jorge Perez Martinez assistant choreographer
Henryk Górecki music
Éric Wurtz lighting design

Claude Brumachon chorégraphy
Benjamin Lamarche assistant choreographer
Wim Mertens music
Éric Wurtz lighting design

(LA)HORDE choreography
Salomé Poloudenny costumes
RONE music
Éric Wurtz lighting design

Commissioned by Théâtre du Châtelet, in agreement with Décibels Production and Infiné. Co-produced by Théâtre du Châtelet and Grand Théâtre de Provence.

Valentina Pace rehearsal coach
Nicole Murru costume assistant
Rémi d’Apolito & Julien Parra stage management

The CCN Ballet national de Marseille – direction (LA)HORDE receives support from DRAC PACA, ministère de la Culture, Ville de Marseille and BNP-Paribas Foundation.

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Contains scenes involving partial nudity.

Dates & times

1 –⁠ 2 Mar 2024, 7.30pm

3 Mar 2024, 3pm

Approximate run time: 1 hr 45 mins including interval

Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


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