Monday, January 24

A 100-year-old ballet comes back to life in Orsay, between dance and cinema

It is an event as rare as it is intriguing which will take place on Tuesday January 11 under the nave of the Musée d’Orsay. The Ballet de Lorraine will indeed revive the show “Relâche”, created at the time by Francis Picabia, and which for the first time associated dance and the very young art of cinema.

Scheduled for two exceptional performances, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., this ballet concludes the presentation of the successful exhibition “Finally the cinema!” Within the framework of its festival Last Sessions, which will end at the Musée d’Orsay on January 16. . Never repeated since its creation in 1924, “Relâche” entered the repertoire of the Opéra de Nancy in 2014, and this time this time illuminates the glass roof of the great nave of Orsay with its extravagance.

A real milestone in the history of the avant-garde, it caused a stir when it was presented in 1924. Designed by Picabia (1879-1953), one of the founders of the Dada movement, to music by Erik Satie, it is accompanied from René Clair’s film “Entr’acte”, which is inserted between the two acts of the danced parts. At the time, it was the famous Swedish Ballets, a company established in Paris from 1920 to 1925, and directed by their compatriot Jean Börling – seen as Nijinsky’s successor – which gave life to this creation.

All the arts summoned

For this cover, the Center chorégraphique national – Ballet de Lorraine called on the Swedish choreographer Petter Jacobsson, who involves 14 dancers for just under an hour, while the musicians of the Ensemble Contraste will perform the intrepid score of Satie. , which he imagined a year before his death.

The playwright Christophe Wavelet, who carried out important historical research ahead of this artistic resurrection, explains perfectly how this unclassifiable nugget deserves to be rediscovered: “this is the first time that a show intended for the stage has made thus dialogue cinema with dance, visual arts and music. To better entrust the public with the task of solving the enigma ”.

Note that as part of the festival Latest Sessions, the trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf will offer on Saturday 15th, at 6am, a masterclass in the auditorium, followed at 8.30pm by an improvisation film-concert around the figure of Fantomas, this time in the nave.

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