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Record of ancient things

Record of ancient things

Record of ancient things

« Through three choreographic scenarios - the stage, the club and the arena, we reflect upon our capacity and desire to be seen, and in action.

Record of ancient things looks at the performative act. Not  just in the word’s meaning of representation but also in its functional  and competitive incarnations. The three scenarios are played out in a  transparent, glimmering space that allows us to see in it the classical  stage, the shimmering club and the flashing cameras of a stadium; all  platforms emblematic to the human performance.

The stage presents the opportunity for the spectacular  desire to defy gravity.  Through a series of reinterpreted jump solos  “all at once”, performers who barely manage to sustain their individual  trajectory and highly egocentric agenda repeatedly inundate the stage.

In a groove of accumulation, the club scene evolves and  transforms its disciplined community into an overindulgent baroque  frenzy. Pushing and pulling, they again change their game and  reconfigure the stage for competition.

The direction is clear, the agenda even more single minded. The  continual performance of a single task reduces us to the level of a  machine. Through a morphing series of sport vocabulary, the dance in the arena redefines again the group’s repeated efficiency of performance. 

Lost in their continued search for self-fulfillment they leave in search of yet another “world stage”. »

Source : Petter Jacobsson and Thomas Caley 

Jacobsson, Petter

Born in Stockholm, Petter Jacobsson started his studies in dance at  the age of three and was further educated at the Royal Swedish Ballet  School, he later graduated from the Vaganova Academy in St.Petersburg in  1982.

As a principal dancer with the Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet in London  between 1984 to 1993, he toured the globe dancing all of the renowned  classical roles as well as appearing as guest artist with numerous  international companies. In 1993, he moved to New York to begin a  freelance career, studying with Merce Cunningham and working with Twyla  Tharp Dance Company, Irene Hultman Dance and later Deborah Hay.

Petter and Thomas Caley started working as a creative team in the mid  nineties, choreographing works for Martha@Mother, the Joyce Soho in New  York and the choreography for the opera Staden at the Royal Opera in  Stockholm, a commission for the 1998 Cultural capital of Europe.

In 1999, when Petter was appointed the artistic directorship of the  Royal Swedish Ballet in Stockholm, they made the move to Europe to  continue their artistic collaboration. An exceptional embodiment of  their work for the RSB was the creating of two immense happenings,In nooks and crannies 2000 and 2001.  The project included the Royal Ballet, Opera and Orchestra, as well as  independent artists who took-over non-traditional, yet possible,  performance spaces occupying the entire Royal Opera House of  Stockholm. Petter received "Choreographer of the year 2002” from the Society of Swedish Choreographers in recognition of the modernisation of the Royal Swedish Ballet. 

After years of collaboration, Petter and Thomas established an independent dance company in 2005 - works include Nightlife, Unknown partner, Flux, No mans land- no lands  man,The nearest nearness – in 2002 they won a “Goldmask” for best choreography for the musical Chess with Björn Ulveus and Benny Andersson (ABBA).

As of 2011, Petter is leading and choreographing together with Thomas  Caley for the CCN Ballet de Lorraine in Nancy. Their curating for the  CCN invites as well a wide variety of artistic talent from around the  world. Each invited creator joins in the active questioning of a  specific theme. La saison de La 12/13, Tête à tête à têtes 13/14, Live 14/15, Folk + Danse = (R)évolution 15/16 and Des plaisirs inconnus 16/17.  To insure a lively and non fixed use of the art form they continue  their searching through installations for the Musée d’Art Moderne in  Paris and Musée Pompidou Metz and an original initiative LAB-BLA-BAL, where a series of open house art experiments, workshops, and discussions are given at our choreographic center.

Source : Ballet de Lorraine

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Caley, Thomas

The choreographer and dancer Thomas Caley was born in the United States. In 1992 he earned a BFA from Purchase College in upstate New York. After a year of performing in a multitude of independent projects in New York City he joined the Merce Cunningham Company.
From 1994 to 2000, he worked as a principal dancer with the company, touring throughout the world and participating in the creation of 12 new works by Cunningham. In 2000 he moved to Stockholm to continue his collaboration with Petter Jacobsson and to continue working as a freelance dancer in Europe, in France Thomas has worked with Boris Charmatz on the 50 ans de danse & flip book projects. As of 2011, Thomas Caley is the coordinator of research for the CCN - Ballet de Lorraine.

Source : programme CCN - Ballet de Lorraine 2012 - 2013

Goossens, Bérangère

Bérangère Goossens is a french filmmaker, born in 1979. She studied cinema at university of Paris 8 and started directing documentaries.

CCN - Ballet de Lorraine

Since acquiring the CCN title in 1999, the Centre Chorégraphique National - Ballet de Lorraine has dedicated itself to supporting contemporary choreographic creation. As of July 2011 the organization is under the general and artistic direction of Petter Jacobsson.
The CCN – Ballet de Lorraine and its company of 26 dancers is one of the most important companies working in Europe, performing contemporary creations while retaining and programming a rich and extensive repertory, spanning our modern history, made up of works by some of our generations most highly regarded choreographers.
The CCN functions as an art center and venue for multiple possibilities in the fields of research, experimentation and artistic creation. It is a platform open to many different disciplines, a space where the many visions of dance of today may meet. 

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Record of ancient things

Artistic direction / Conception : Petter Jacobsson et Thomas Caley

Choreography : Petter Jacobsson et Thomas Caley

Interpretation : Danseurs du CCN-Ballet de Lorraine

Original music : Peter Rehberg

Video conception : Bérangère Goossens - les films du point de vue

Lights : Eric Wurtz

Costumes : Petter Jacobsson et Thomas Caley avec l’Atelier costume du CCN – Ballet de Lorraine

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : CCN-Ballet de Lorraine

Production / Coproduction of the video work : Bérangère Goossens - les films du point de vue

Duration : 40 mn

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