Ballet de Lorraine Presents Masterwork Sounddance:Another Home Run for Portland’s White Bird Dance -Rachael Carnes, Eugene Weekly
Artistic Director, Petter Jacobsson
Pre-Performance Talk by Petter Jacobbson
6:45-7:15 in Schnitzer Lower Lobby, Free to All Ticketholders
PROGRAM: (Running time 110 minutes)
Devoted, choreographed by Cecilia Bengolea and Francois Chaignaud, Music by Philip Glass, Another Look at Harmony Part IV
HOK Solo pour ensemble, choreographed by Alban Richard, Music by Louis Andriessen, Hoketus (1973)
Sounddance, choreographed by Merce Cunningham in 1975, Music by David Tudor, Untitled
The Centre Choréographique National (CCN)—Ballet de Lorraine is one of Europe’s most acclaimed companies with a rich and extensive contemporary repertory. Making its West Coast debut with White Bird, the company of 21 dancers will offer a wide-ranging program, set to classical and modern scores, by today’s most highly regarded choreographers from France and around the globe.
Based in Nancy, France, The CCN-Ballet de Lorraine is under the direction of Petter Jacobsson. Acquiring the CCN title in 1999 the Centre Choréographique Nationale, the company dedicates itself to contemporary choreographic creation as well as retaining and performing an extensive repertory made up of some of our generations most highly regarded choreographers. As an art center, The CCN is a venue for multiple possibilities in the fields of research, experimentation and artistic creation, offering a residency program, outreach programs, classes, as well as, workshops and audience education.
∙ Based in Nancy, France, The CCN-Ballet de Lorraine is under the direction of Petter Jacobsson.
∙ Acquiring the CCN title in 1999 the Centre Choréographique Nationale. The company dedicates itself to contemporary choreographic creation as well as retaining and performing an extensive repertory made up of some of our generations most highly regarded choreographers
∙ The CCN is a network of nineteen National Choreographic Centers in France which act as resource centers for dance, supported by and under directives of the French Government. The mission of any CCN is to create new work.
∙ With a successful dancing background, including being a Principal dancer with Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet for nine years, and working with Merce Cunningham and Twyla Tharp in New York, Petter Jacobsson has been Artistic Director of CCN Ballet de Lorraine since 2011.
∙ Jacobsson continuously asks the questions: Why do we dance? What are we doing right now, and how does this affect what and how we may decode what we are seeing? How can we make, or allow movement to evolve further, how far can it go? – or not go? In this practice of questioning, he is accompanied by Thomas Caley, the coordinator of research, as they program each season.
∙ Styles of Dance: Modern, Ballet, Contemporary, Post-modern
∙ Aside from new work by choreographers Petter Jacobsson and Thomas Caley, Cindy Van Acker, and Marcos Morau, the company’s repertory includes works by influential choreographers including Twyla Tharp, Trisha Brown, William Forsythe, and Merce Cunningham.
∙ In their hometown CCN-Ballet de Lorraine offers LAB-BLA-BAL which is open to all audiences, the program offers new ways to approach works, sharpen the way they are seen, and to experience moments of exchange and sharing with the participating artists, in a friendly and inviting atmosphere. LAB is for the workshops, BLA is the discussions, and BAL the performances.
∙ The company consists of 27 dancers and 2 apprentices, from all over the world.
∙ Fun Fact: CCN Ballet de Lorraine is one of only five of the nineteen CCN’s in France have permanent dancers.