VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
Prize for Ballet 2018
STORY WATER © Julia Gat i
"no one can walk into fire without an intermediary:
- except for the salamander that hides in it –
You need the water from the bath to enjoy the goodness of fire"*
STORY WATER is an intermediary.
It is warm water, it is bread. It is a garden. It is the story of dancing bodies, of music being played, of colour and line, and of the light that hides and shows it all.
It is an intermediary put to work in the service of communities, through reflecting the issues and concerns of the places where they land. It stands witness to meaning beyond the known, and is therefore a transcendent commerce, a currency, an economy of experiences. It is a place of fluid metaphors waiting for new contexts to emerge, so as to reveal new meanings.
The entire work will be adorned in white and fiercely lit with a daylight-like lighting, designed by Emanuel Gat.
The main choreographic drive behind this new piece is the belief that choreographies are about interactions rather than movements, people rather than compositions, concrete situations rather than ideas and concepts. It examines emerging systems and the way in which they come into being through various processes and interactions between individuals.
The question of how we perceive and process the coexistence of what we SEE and what we HEAR, is at the heart of this program. It's a fundamental question, yet not one to necessarily be answered, but rather a phenomenon to observe and study.
This is the water our stories are made of: STORY WATER is a long deep look into the space in which music and choreography meet, serving as intermediaries and creating a space for people to step into, a freshly watered garden.
*in the Masnavi, by Molana Djalaluddin Balkhi (Rumi), own translation
As the artistical director of the company Emanuel Gat Dance, Emanuel Gat will create the choreography, scenography, and lights of STORY WATER, he will also compose a new score together with 11 musicians. There will be 12 dancers involved, from 9 different countries (France, Germany, Australia, Taiwan, UK, USA, Hungary, Sweden, Poland) with very different experiences, ages (from 23 to 40) and backgrounds (from Ballet to hip-hop). The dancers' team is composed of : Arnaud Bacharach, Thomas Bradley, Robert Bridger, Peter Juhasz, Zoé Lecorgne, Michael Löhr, Emma Mouton, Edward Oroyan, Karolina Szymura, Milena Twiehaus, Sara Wilhelmsson, Ting-An Ying. Emanuel Gat Dance teams up with the Ensemble Modern of Frankfurt composed for this project of 11 of his members, 2 guest musicians, and the internationally renowned Frank Ollu as a conductor. Visual artist Yifat Gat will create unique body paintings for each of the dancers and shows, and costumes will be designed by Thomas Bradley.