GRAND JETÉ at TANEC PRAHA 2023
TANEC PRAHA and Národní divadlo Brno – Theatre World Brno Festival.
ABOUT THE SHOW
GRAND JETÉ is a choreographic project by Silvia Gribaudi in collaboration with the MM Contemporary Dance Company. Inspired by the grand finales of the history of ballet, it draws attention to the profound emotions of humankind and in particular to the connection between death and rebirth.
In light of one of the most impressive and virtuosic steps in ballet’s artistry – the ‘grand jeté’ or otherwise the big split in the air –, GRAND JETÉ explores endings as a source for new beginnings. As an attempt to escape from gravity and reach towards the sky, a grand jeté is a transitioning step of a momentary suspension and “throwing” of one’s self in the air. Exploring the metaphoric meaning of this virtuosic step in everyday life, GRAND JETÉ becomes an opportunity to challenge and revolt against the irreversibility of any kind of end. How much effort does this take-off towards the unknown require and what kind of adventures a landing may bring? In view of this eruptive and triumphant leap, how do we confront failure and take-off anew?
Are you ready to make your own ‘grand jeté’?
ABOUT THE CREATORS
Silvia Gribaudi is an Italian choreographer who also specialises in performing arts in general.
Since 2004 she has focused her research on the social impact of bodies, having set at the centre of her choreographic language the comic element and the relationship between audience and performers.
Award-winner of the Premio Giovane Danza D’Autore with her piece “A CORPO LIBERO”(2009), finalist at the Premio UBU for best dance show and finalist at the Premio Rete Critica award with R.OSA (2017), winner of the Premio CollaborAction#4 2018-2019, finalist at the Premio Rete Critica 2019, winner of the Premio DANZA&DANZA 2019 for best Italian production with the piece
She has taken part in several artistic research projects, including: CHOREOROAM (2011), TRIPTYCH (2013), ACT YOUR AGE (2014) – an EU project about active ageing through the art of dance, which inspired the performance WHAT AGE ARE YOU ACTING?, as well as the community project OVER 60; PERFORMING GENDER (2015); CORPO LINKS CLUSTER (2019/2020), where the connection of dance, the mountains, and the mountain community gave life to the site specific project TREKKING COREOGRAFICO (choreographic trekking) and to the piece MONJOUR (2021), produced by Torinodanza Festival in collaboration with Teatro Stabile del Veneto and Brussels’s Les Halles de Schaerbeek.
In 2021 she was a guest choreographer at “Danser Encore, 30 solos pour 30 danseurs”, a project for the Opéra de Lyon.
Her shows have been featured in a number of national and international festivals and are the result of a creative process.
by Silvia Gribaudi
with Silvia Gribaudi and the MM Contemporary Dance
Company: Emiliana Campo, Lorenzo Fiorito, Mario Genovese, Matilde Gherardi, Fabiana Lonardo, Alice Ruspaggiari, Nicola Stasi, Giuseppe Villarosa
Music Matteo Franceschini
Light design Luca Serafini
Styling Ettore Lombardi
Assistant choreographer Paolo Lauri
Movement coach Andrea Costanzo Martini
Dramaturgical consultant Annette Van Zwoll
Artistic collaboration Matteo Maffesanti
Technical advice Leonardo Benetollo
Creative producer Mauro Danesi
Produced by Associazione Culturale Zebra (IT)
Co-produced by MM Contemporary Dance Company (IT), La Biennale de Lyon (FR), Théâtre de la Ville (FR), Rum för Dans (SE), BPDA - Big Pulse Dance Alliance: Torinodanza Festival (IT), International Dance Festival TANEC PRAHA (CZ), Zodiak - Side Step Festival (FI), National Theatre Brno within Theatre World Festival Brno (CZ) Artistic residency Centro di Residenza Emilia-Romagna (L’Arboreto-Teatro Dimora | La Corte Ospitale)
With the support of MiC – Ministero della Cultura, Italian Ministry of Cultural Affairs
GRAND JETÉ is a co-production of Big Pulse Dance Alliance, supported by the EU programme Creative Europe.