Yuval Pick – "Vocabulary of Need" | Interview
Yuval Pick - "Vocabulary of Need"
Yuval Pick, who heads the National Choreography Centre of Rillieux-laPape, has long approached his output as an exploration of the ties between dance and music. Vocabulary of need deepens this continuum, drawing on Johann Sebastian Bach’s Partita No.2 in D minor (BWV 1004) for solo violin.
Centred on one of Bach’s most inspired scores, this new choreographic piece for four male and four female dancers creates a link between the violin strings and the dancers’ bodies. Through their movements, they create vibrations in the space, with strokes of energy and élan that build a sense of urgency. The body language is complex and precise, to be read like an intimate calligraphy. A “fleeting embrace, between dance and music”, where eight beings seek and find each other, in infinite counterpoints.
Appointed director of the Centre Chorégraphique de Rillieux-la-Pape in August 2011, Yuval Pick has had a long career as a choreographer, a dancer and a teacher.
He first trained at the Bat-Dor Dance School in Tel Aviv, then joined the Batsheva Dance Company in 1991. Four years later he left to begin working as an international guest artist with, among others, Tero Saarinen, Carolyn Carlson and Russel Maliphant.
In 1999 he joined the Opera Ballet of Lyon, and founded his own company, The Guests, in 2002.
Since then he has created a strong repertory of works marked by their elaborated, layered movement vocabulary, accompanied by commissioned scores by ranking composers.
In his work the relationships between individuals and group(s) are often highlighted and challenged.
He created Popular Music (2005), Strand Behind (2006) for the Agora Festival (IRCAM) and the National Conservatory of music and dance (CNSMD) in Lyon, /Paon/ (2008) for the Junior Ballet in Genève and 17 drops. In 2010, he created Score and then The Him for the Junior Ballet of the National Conservatory music and dance (CNSMD) in Paris and the trio PlayBach at the invitation of Carolyn Carlson.
In 2012, No play hero, with the music of David Lang and Folks for the Biennale of Danse in Lyon. Then, two creations in 2014, the duet loom with the music of Nico Muhly and Ply piece for five dancers with the american composer Ashley Fure.In 2015, he creates Apnée (corps vocal) for four dancers and six singers and then Are friends electric? for six dancers around the music of Kraftwerk.
In 2016, Yuval Pick was commissioned to create a work in a national historical building: Hydre in the the Royal Monastery of Brou.
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Yuval Pick - "Vocabulary of Need"
Choreography : Yuval Pick
Choreography assistance : Sharon Eskenazi
Interpretation : Julie Charbonnier, Noémie De Almeida Ferreira, Thibault Desaules, Guillaume Forestier, Andrés Garcia Martinez, Fanny Gombert, Madoka Kobayashi, Adrien Martins
Set design : Bénédicte Jolys
Original music : Max Bruckert
Lights : Sébastien Lefèvre
Costumes : Paul Andriamanana
Other collaborations : Assitantes costumes : Gabrielle Marty & Mathilde Giraudeau, Regard complice : Michel Raskine
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Coproduction Le Théâtre - Scène Nationale de Saint-Nazaire, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying, Taiwan), Theater Freiburg (Allemagne), KLAP Maison pour la danse (Marseille), Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2021, GRAME Centre National de Création Musicale (Lyon)
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Bokeh Production / La Biennale de Lyon