Yuval Pick - ARE FRIENDS ELECTRIC?

choreography

Yuval Pick

 

music

Kraftwerk*, Franz Schubert, Olivier Renouf

 

dancers

Julie Charbonnier,

Madoka Kobayashi,

Fernando Carrión Caballero, Jérémy Martinez,

Adrien Martins,

Alexander Standard

 

choreographic assistant

Sharon Eskenazi

 

lighting design

Nicolas Boudier

 

costumes

Frederick Denis

 

set design

Bénédicte Jolys

 

sound design

Olivier Renouf

 

production

Centre chorégraphique national de Rillieux-la-Pape

 

thanks to

Michel Raskine

"For this creation, I wanted to work with existing pieces of music, in order to trigger our collective memory. I therefore chose to explore Kraftwerk’s music and universe, continuing my research into the common space, defined for me as the dynamic relationships between the collective and the individual.  I chose the period between 1974-78 in Kraftwerk’s sound, during which time the albums Autobahn, Radioactivität, Trans-Europa Express and Die Mensch-Maschine were all released. They are characterized by their analog sound and rhythms which remind me of heartbeats, the movements of breathing, walking, a musical gesture on the human scale. I interpret this part of their journey as the invention of a new European romanticism which offers a different perspective of Man and his environment. The 19th century ideal of Man and nature was replaced here by Man’s will to survive in his urbanised and mechanised environment. 

By exploring the «black box» of Kraftwerk, I found a number of rather intriguing elements which I would like to integrate into my research. They will allow me to combine several different musical layers, building a dynamic and fluctuating temporality. First of all, there is a reference to Franz Schubert in Trans-Europa Express, which was an invitation to go peruse the Schubert lieder, an old-time romantic register. I found in both acoustic universes the notion of «travelling» as a through-line, which will allow me to create a way of sliding from one era to another. Then, the extremely rhythmical nature of Kraftwerk’s compositions inspired me to reveal the skeleton of these compositions, a sort of x-ray of the music, transposing its rhythms with the sound of a single metronome.  

 

My choreographic approach often uses movement as a sort of “human mechanical,” which I then deploy onstage in a ritual form. With the dancers we will be creating material based on the idea of twisting, torsion, an organic shape which will drive the development of the movement, and which will be fed by the multiple musical rhythms.  I will also be working in the studio with the spatial trajectories of traditional European dances such as the minuet, whose principal motivation is the drawing closer and then moving away from one’s partner. It is the very elasticity of the space created between the dancers which interests me.
I want to bring together all these different kinds of material, creating a new dance for an ensemble, a hybrid form which will generate new spaces. Yuval Pick, June 2015

 

With Are Friends Electric? the director of CCN de Rillieux-la-Pape, moves into an entirely new realm of dance, creating a powerful, unusual piece about the elasticity of space and the body, as well as the experience of living together. Sophie Lesort – Danser Canal Historique

 

Mission accomplished: Kraftwerk's music becomes tangible through these experts in the electricity of muscles. Our hearts beat with theirs. Bravo. Florence Roux – 491

 

Kraftwerk music used in the piece : News, Transistor, Ohm sweet ohm, Radioland, Numbers, Computer world.2, Trans Europa Express, Metal on metal, Abzug, Mitternacht

tour dates

8 December 2015

9 December 2015

 

13 January 2016

20 March 2016

30 March 2016

31 March 2016

 

20 September 2016

21 September 2016

 

Comédie de Saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne (FR) - premiere

Comédie de Saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne (FR)

 

Théâtre d'Aurillac, Aurillac (FR)

Belgrade Dance Festival, Belgrade (RS)

104, Séquence danse, Paris (FR)

104, Séquence danse, Paris (FR)

 

Biennale de la danse, Lyon (FR)

Biennale de la danse, Lyon (FR)

kumquat.png