"My starting point is to create unique portraits of the women who have influenced Picasso's work, as if each of them were a reflection of his artistic genius, their alienation to the painter's love, of which he himself is a captive... It seems obvious to me today to pay tribute to these women and to bring them out of the shadow of Picasso, the Minotaur." - David Llari, author and choreographer
The figure of the Minotaur, a recurring character in Picasso's universe, consequently holds a crucial place in the construction of the choreography. Sometimes a spectator, sometimes an actor, the Minotaur represents a man dominated by his impulses, with Picasso, in his own words, embodying himself in this mythological creature.
The Origin of the Show
In 2018, the Mucem (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations) and the Centre de la Vieille Charité hosted a dual exhibition dedicated to Pablo Picasso. It is as a result of a commission from the Vieille Charité that the creation 'Pica, the Minotaur and his muses' came to life.
In doing so, the piece transforms into a battle between the artist and the monster. The choreographic work invites every visitor to traverse the painter's work and navigate within his very mind. This choreographic and musical tableau then becomes a phantasmagorical journey where the Minotaur, a ubiquitous figure in Picasso's works, is personified and transforms into a divine object.
From the stance of statues, the bodies of the female and male dancers are neutralized and decompose progressively throughout the piece. In the feminine and intimate universe of these four women, a violence and animality awaken within the performers' bodies, then unite through the breath and power of dance.
Painting and Dance
The company was followed by Léa de Ruffray, a French artist and illustrator, who offered another vision of the choreographic piece and translated it into pictorial art.
Musée de l'Homme
Pica, the Minotaur and his muses was featured as part of the 'Arts and Prehistory' season at the National Museum of Natural History, presenting the exhibition 'Picasso and Prehistory' from February 8 to June 12, 2023, in resonance with the performance.
Performance at Centre chorégraphique de Strasbourg
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