In Square, on a bright green lawn, choreographer Bruno Benne reveals the very contemporary dimension of Baroque dance. Although for many years certain arts have attempted to render, with complete historic fidelity, extreme mathematical architecture both intelligible and perceptible, Bruno Benne, creating a surprising anachronism, by bringing together this old form of dance and a work of contemporary music, radically places Baroque art in a resolutely modern context. “Baroque dance, the first codified form of dance, cannot be divorced from its refined relationship to music, because it is structured to reveal the choreographic musicality that underpins the musical score. With Square, we are seeking to juxtapose this Baroque choreographic style with repetitive contemporary music in order to shed new light on it and show the clever modernity developed in the 18th century by the Dance Masters.”
On stage, four Baroque musicians playing period instruments (violins, viola and theorbo) and four contemporary dancers, specialists in Baroque dance, perform a dance with a Baroque structure to minimalist music, exploring with great refinement but with a certain jubilation this burgeoning relationship between dance, space, and music.
Updating: January 2017
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.).
Danseurs Céline Angibaud, Bruno Benne, Édouard Pelleray, Adeline Lerme Musciens Olivier Briand et Bérengère Maillard (violons baroques), Andreas Linos (viole de gambe) et James Holland (théorbe)
Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy
Thierry Charlier et Bruno Benne
Conception et création musicale Youri Bessières - Direction musicale Olivier Briand
Répétitrice et notation Laban Estelle Corbière - Régie générale Thierry Charlier