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    Ballet de l’Opéra national du Capitole     

    Kader Belarbi

    An impressionist ballet by Kader Belarbi which paints a sensitive and flamboyant picture of Belle Epoque Paris.

    Toulouse-Lautrec © David Herrero
    Toulouse-Lautrec © David Herrero
    Toulouse-Lautrec © David Herrero


    Kader Belarbi | choreography, staging
    Bruno Coulais | musical composition
    Danièle Devynck | artistic advisor
    Sylvie Olivé | scenography
    Olivier Bériot | costumes
    Nicolas Olivier | lights

    Sergio Tomassi | accordion
    Yannaël Quenel | piano

    Live and recorded music 

    Kader Berlabi, director of the Ballet du Capitole, had been dreaming of this Toulouse-Lautrec for years. “I have always been fascinated by painting and so it was natural for me to make the comparison between the actions of a painter and a dancer. Of course, Toulouse-Lautrec painted Parisian festivities, cabarets, circuses, shows and dances. But his main passion was body language, poses, and the faces of the people whose personalities and depths he portrayed so skilfully. Dance was a central theme of his work. With a flick of his paintbrush or pencil, he captured the movement of a body, its rhythm, energy and humanity in its non finito state, in the void. I chose initially to devise a choreography without a libretto. The first phase was to gather everything together: to sample, dissect and select elements. The second phase involved putting them in order: assembling them without any pre-established arrangement or connecting them like pieces of a jigsaw. Ultimately, everything in this ballet is taken from the painter’s world and reinserted into a collage in a different way.” By embracing the ambiance of the Belle Epoque, the choreographer offers us a wild fresco full of colourful high spirits.

    Coréalisation Productions Internationales Albert Sarfati / Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
    Coproduction Théâtre du Capitole / Scène Nationale d’Albi