Magazine article Dance Magazine

Danse a la Bordelaise. (News)

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Danse a la Bordelaise. (News)

Article excerpt

Although one would likely head to Bordeaux for its fine wines and gastronomic wonders, those lucky souls who happened to be in this bustling southwestern France city during the month of November could not only savor its spirits, they could also take in the cutting edge of creation during the groundbreaking new contemporary arts festival, Novart Bordeaux.

From the familiar dances of Paul Taylor to those of experimental French choreographer Catherine Contour, this eclectic, monthlong festival offered forty-eight different shows ranging from theater to music, cinema, dance, and visual arts. Performances took place in seventeen vastly different locations throughout the city.

Festival organizer Gerard Lion refers warmly to Taylor, a frequent visitor to the stages of Bordeaux, as the city's "twofold godfather." The 72-year-old choreographer was one of the original and regular guests at the city's former contemporary arts festival, SIGMA, which expired in 1997 after a thirty-year history, and he remains a great inspiration for young dancers in France. The Taylor triple bill of Arden Court, The Word, and Piazzolla Caldera proved a highlight of the festival. It was performed one short month after Taylor's Aureole and Le Sacre du printemps (The Rehearsal) were danced by the Bordeaux Ballet, as part of the company's all-American opening bill.

Another major event was the arrival of Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, who introduced Drumming (1998) to the festival. This hypnotizing, whirlwind piece kept the dancers spinning in circles against the complex musical score by Steve Reich. Bordeaux Opera Director Thierry Fouquet, who was responsible for De Keersmaeker's presence at Novart, was particularly impressed by the synergy of the dancers with Reich's marathon 1971 composition.

On the outskirts of Bordeaux lies an abandoned shoe factory. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.