An extract remodelled by Le Terrain vague II (Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur), artistic manager Claudine Laville, as part of the “Danse en amateur et répertoire” programme (2017/2018) (a programme created to assist and promote amateur dancing).
Transmission by Christine Caradec.
Presented on 26 May 2018, Les 2 Scènes, Théâtre Ledoux, Besançon.
The piece when it was created
First part of the volet du triptych Atavisms
Firstly produced on 26 January 1936 at the Guild Theatre in New York
Choreography: Charles Weidman
Piece for 21 performers : Laetitia Ide, Katherine Manning, Ada Korvin, Katherine Litz, Béatrice Seckler, Joan Levy, Sybil Shearer, Edith Orcutt, Miriam Krakovsky, Louise Allen, Lily Verne, José Limón, William Matons, Kenneth Bostock,
Georges Bockman, Jerry Davidson, Maurice Gilbert, Harry Coble, Bill Bales, Ezra Friedman, Joseph Belsky
Music: Lehman Engel
Original duration: 7 min. 30
Le Terrain vague II (Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur)
The group is made up of amateur dancers aged 15 to 65, hailing from a variety of backgrounds such as jazz, contemporary and classical dance. The group took shape in 2010 in the course of encounters between dancers during workshops, classes, courses and performances in public places and shows.
Some dancers in the group had already had the opportunity to discover German modern dance through the recreation of Der Titan, by Rudolf Laban, and wished to further their knowledge and practice of dance of this period through the universe of a new choreographer, another technique, another philosophical and political positioning, and another continent. The theme of the work (the portrait of a vicious community, mass hysteria, the rejection and condemnation of others) is timeless and calls for a fresh reading in phase with contemporary society. This revival is also an opportunity to spotlight this choreographer who, while little known, is however a pioneer of modern dance in the USA.