VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
Prize for Ballet
Sound of Music © Sébastien Monachon i
After a first wave of popularity in the 1910s, musical comedies experienced revivals both after the worldwide stock exchange crash of 1929 and, even more sharply, after World War II. They were antidotes to crisis – anchored in reality at the start before soaring off and giving ample scope to imagination. As an interdisciplinary art form, musical comedy combines music, song, dance and story-telling. As bearers of simplified messages, musical comedies transport us to other worlds without complexity, easily consumable, easily imaginable; easy not to have to reflect too much.
This both enthusiastic and critical understanding of musical comedies is what the idea behind Sound of Music is based on. The aim is to give new life to the genre, a form of popular culture in the best sense of the word, and at the same time to galvanise the audience, to get people to ask themselves: What is actually being said behind all this show of glitter and songs? How is (superficial) beauty used as a propaganda tool? Am I prepared to see and hear what is behind the music?
For this original choreography, the artistic director Yan Duyvendak and the choreographer Olivier Dubois decided to hire twelve Broadway dancers, ready to collaborate every time with local dancers in order to create a unique experience of dance, music, choruses, lights and glitz.
The amount of shows taking place all over Europe since 2015 witnesses the success of Sound of Music and the enthusiasm of the different audiences, from Le CentQuatre in Paris to Teatro Arena del Sole in Bologna, but also Theaterfestival Kaserne in Basel and Théâtre de la Croix-Russe in Lyon…
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Yan Duyvendak, Artistic Director
Olivier Dubois, Director of Ballet du Nord/Choreographer
Michael Helland, Choreographer Repeater
Christophe Fiat, Author/Writer (Song Writer)
Andrea Cera, Musician Composer
Sylvie Kleiber, Scenographer
Nicolas Fleury, Costumes
Nicolas Cillins, Artistic Assistant
Dreams Come True
La Bâtie Festival de Genève
Théâtre Forum de Meyrin