As the title indicates, the main theme of this new creation is impermanence. Nothing is forever. How do we deal with this? How do we deal with loss and a radical change in our environment? The performance is about the things people do (or do not do) in order not to lose what they have attained. It is about the constant duality of everyone's lives, between holding on to something and the art and difficulty of letting go. The word Ashes is a powerful metaphor for something that slips through your fingers, something you can't get a grip on. This isn't necessarily negative or sad. By repositioning yourself, new things may also be created . The possibility of rising again from our ashes like the phoenix. For Ashes, there has been chosen for the music of G.F. Handel.Wim Selles – a composer whom Koen Augustijnen worked with before in Ernesto and Just Another Landscape for some Juke-Box Money – is responsible for the musical direction.In addition to the violin, cello and lute, the music ensemble was complemented by the accordion and marimba. Together with the musicians, he creates an intimist sound concept for Handel's music based on the original harmony and structure. Handel's music is always full of movement and energy, whilst being clear and transparent at the same time. The openness and energy in the melody, rhythm and harmony leaves room for theatrical interpretation. The music is in contrast with the hardness of what is figured out and fought out on the dance floor. It provides breath and comfort. With percussionist and marimba player Mattijs Vanderleen, Selles looks for sounds that contrast with the baroque music. In this piece, Steve Dugardin, the male alto singer who performed in bâche and IMPORT EXPORT, is joined by a soprano (Amaryllis Dieltiens or Irene Carpentier).
The set is designed by the visual artist Jean Bernard Koeman, who has previously designed for Just another Landscape for some Juke-Box Money, bâche and IMPORT EXPORT. It is a curious grey set, a colourless environment in strong contrast to the ‘colourful' performers on stage. Kurt Lefevre has designed the lighting and helps achieve this idea of contrast. The set consists of different levels on which the dancers can perform. The collaboration with the dramaturge Guy Cools continues in this production. There are eight performers on stage, men and women, including several with acrobatic experience like Gaël Santisteva (France, trained at CNAC, danced amongst others in IMPORT EXPORT and with Philip Decoufflé) and Grégory Edelein (France, trained at CNAC). In addition there are: Athanasia Kanellopoulou (Greece, danced amongst others with Pina Bausch), Beniamin Boar (Romania, danced amongst others with Rosas), Chantal Loïal (Guadeloupe-France, danced amongst others with Montalvo-Hervieu), Jakub Truszkowski (Poland, studied at P.A.R.T.S., danced in IMPORT EXPORT and with Rosas), Ligia Manuela Lewis (U.S., danced with Superamas) and Sung-Im Her (Korea, studied at PARTS, danced amongst others with Jan Fabre).Koen Augustijnen deliberately chose dancers who are very different from each other, in nationality, culture and body language. Since everyone moves in a different way, they all miss the normal physical references. Because they all have a completely different approach when dealing with dance and their own bodies. It is the creation of the piece that forms its content. How do you bring all these differences together in a way that leads to cooperation, and where everyone is on the same frequency ?
Source : Les ballets C de la B
Choreography Koen Augustijnen
Dance performance Les ballets C de la B
8 Danseurs, 2 chanteurs, 5 musicienschorégraphie Koen Augustijnen musique d'après les compositions originales de G.F.Haendel direction musicale : Wim Selles dramaturgie Guy Cools conseil de mouvement Florence Augendre conseil musical musique baroqueSteve Dugardin création décorJean Bernard Koeman costumes Dorothée Catry
Production Les ballets C de la B coproduction Theaterhaus Gessnerallee Zurich, La Rose des Vents Villeneuve-d'Ascq, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Brighton Festival, Theater Bonn, Torinodanza, KVS Bruxelles, Theaterfestival Boulevard's-Hertogenbosch en collaboration avec Theater aan de Paradeavec l'appui dela ville de Gand, la Province de la Flandre Orientale, des Autorités Flamandes. Les ballets C de la B sont Ambassadeur culturel de l'Unesco, IHE, Institute for Water Education
Réalisation vidéo Charles Picq date du document vidéo 2009 production Maison de la danse
Durée de l'œuvre 1h40