Mandala© M.Logvinov

Short Stories – Mandala

Solo. Creation June 2010, Festival June Events, Paris.


Un cœur qui bat, qui propulse la vie dans un corps qui à son tour ondule, virevolte. Mandala fascine le spectateur par son rythme hypnotique, accompagné avec justesse par la musique puissante de Michael Gordon.

Carolyn Carlson’s solos showcase her spiritual and existential approach to dance. She describes them as ways of sharing the state of solitude that is peculiar to the human condition.

Mandala is an incarnation of the human heart beat, a constituent of the space universally shared by every being, from the beginning to the end of our existence. Here, lived time takes the form of the ensō, the circle of Zen Buddhism that symbolises both the universe and artistic perfection, which can only be achieved by a totally free spirit.

The circular patterns found in crop fields are another source of inspiration. They remain without explanation, like a message from a spirit force or from elsewhere, whose unexpectedly beautiful shapes leave a visual mark deep down in the soul. A similar mark is left by Michael Gordon’s powerful music. It carries the energy of the movements and strengthens them with the insistent undulation of a beat.

Sara Orselli gives substance to a piece that represents a culmination of the complicity established between Carolyn Carlson and her dancer over more than a decade.


choreography Carolyn Carlson
dancer Sara Orselli
music Michael Gordon Weather parts 3 & 1
costume Chrystel Zingiro
lights Freddy Bonneau

production Carolyn Carlson Company
original production Centre Chorégraphique National Roubaix Nord-Pas de calais
with the collaboration of Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson