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The Tree (Fragments of Poetics on fire)

The TREE (Fragments of poetics on fire)
9 dancers – Creation 2021
Rehearsals Autumn 2020

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Last great creation of the choreographer for her company, The Tree is a poetic reflection on humanity and nature, on the edge of sinking… After eau, Pneuma and Now, it completes the cycle of pieces inspired by French philosopher Gaston Bachelard.

 Based on Fragments of a Poetics of Fire, Carolyn Carlson chose the poetic and symbolic power of flames and more widely the complexity of the natural elements as inspirations for her new creation. The visual artist Gao Xingjian, who was also given the Nobel Prize for literature in 2000, will sublimate the scenography with his abstract paintings in Chinese ink projected on stage.

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His works, monumental fictional black and white landscapes, call for an inner journey. Combined with the dancers’ virtuosity and the dreamlike vision of Carolyn Carlson, The Tree will be a powerful and vital expression of love to a nature on the edge of collapsing, with the hope of a rebirth from its own ashes like a phoenix.

« We are not outside the Universe; we are seeds in cycles and rhythms as the changing seasons alongside all creation. »   Carolyn Carlson

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Choreography | Carolyn Carlson
Choreographic assistant | Colette Malye

Paintings | Gao Xingjian

Performers | Constantine Baecher, Chinatsu Kosakatani, Juha Marsalo, Céline Maufroid, Riccardo Meneghini, Isida Micani, Yutaka Nakata, Sara Orselli, Sara Simeoni

Musics | René Aubry, Gavin Bryars, Guillaume Perret, Aleksi Aubry-Carlson, Paki Zennaro, Nicolas de Zorzi, J. Sibelius, K. Friedrich Abel, Nils Frahm, Mathias Duplessy… (tbc)

Light design | Rémi Nicolas, assisted by Guillaume Bonneau

Props | Gilles Nicolas
Costumes | Atelier du Théâtre National de Chaillot

Production | Carolyn Carlson Company
Coproductions | Théâtre National de Chaillot, Théâtre Toursky Marseille, Ballet du Nord / Centre Chorégraphique National Roubaix Hauts-de-France, Equilibre Nuithonie Fribourg

Residencies at CDCN-Atelier de Paris, salle Allende (Mons-en-Baroeul) and Kiosk (Marquette-lez-Lille)

With the support of Crédit du Nord

Thanks to Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, Studio 28 Roubaix-Compagnie Zahrbat, Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, Michelle Kokosowski and Martine Dionisio

Length | 80 minutes

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