As the title announces, Rapides is fast like the explosive and orderly vitality of Jordi Savall’s Water Music to which it is performed, or like the perfectly designed waterworks of baroque fountains. Bruno Benne has chosen a new generation of 10 dancers whose ever-renewed energy echoes the glowing power of the music and embodies this fruitful momentum. Although it has a certain timeless modernity, the choreography’s symmetry and profusion is inspired by 18th-century arts. It is a fascinating orchestrated vision of dance, which multiplies space and time and hypnotic variations, and responds to the looping effects in the musical score created by composer Youri Bessières. “To keep the baroque alive is to uphold a tradition and a legacy in perpetual movement”, contends Bruno Benne; Rapides certainly demonstrates this.
Source: programme of the CND
Performer and choreographer specialised in baroque dances, BRUNO BENNE is developing a contemporary approach of that style to reinvent it today in new forms and thus provide a modern vision of baroque art.
He has been dancing for Béatrice Massin and Marie-Geneviève Massé since 2005. In 2012 he collaborated with Lucinda Childs for the creation of choreographies of Alessandro.
A regular guest abroad (United-States, Norway, Greece, Poland, Canada, etc.), he passionately shares his knowledge during workshops and collaborations.
In 2013, Bruno Benne founded the company Beaux-Champs, création baroque to pursue his reflection on creation based on the baroque heritage, transmission and influence.
Centre national de la danse, Réalisation
Since 2001, the National Center for Dance (CND) has been making recordings of its shows and educational programming and has created resources from these filmed performances (interviews, danced conferences, meetings with artists, demonstrations, major lessons, symposia specialized, thematic arrangements, etc.).
Choreography : Bruno Benne
Choreography assistance : Estelle Corbière
Interpretation : Polonie Blanchard, Gaspard Charon, Alix Coudray, Odéric Daluz, Océane Delbrel, Catarina Pernão, Galaad Quenouillère, Anthony Roques, Carlo Schiavo, Anaïs Vignon - En alternance Mathilde Maire, Louis Macqueron
Original music : Conception musicale Youri Bessières, Bruno Benne - Arrangements et créations Youri Bessières
Additionnal music : Water Music (1717) G. F. Haendel, enregistrement de J. Savall (1993)
Lights : Création lumières et régie Olivier Nacfer
Costumes : Erick Plaza Cochet
Other collaborations : Administration Anaïs Loyer - Production Anaïs Garcia
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Enregistré au CND le 25 novembre 2022 dans le cadre de l'exposition "Déplier baroque"