PARADIS

By MONTALVO, HERVIEU

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Musical - Completed 2004


    • Year of production
    • 2004
    • Genres
    • Musical
    • Countries
    • FRANCE
    • Languages
    • FRENCH
    • Duration
    • 52 mn
    • Director(s)
    • MONTALVO, HERVIEU
    • Synopsis
    • Paradis is a feast of imagination and inventiveness, an explosion of happiness and energy, which splashes all over fire-works. The work of choreographer José Montalvo is constructed on contradictions- the contradictions between styles of dance and breaking the barrier between reality and its representation. Different dance genres meet each other on stage, showing the difference between narrative dance like classical ballet and dance originating in the street, like break-dance. Montalvo goes to the extreme and sharpens the characterisation of each of these styles. The ballerina dancing on point seems sharp, slim and tall – in opposition to the juicy, ample-bodied and jumpy African dancer. The encounter between both is irresistible. The second apparent is breaking dance the barrier between reality and the photography of reality. While the dancers perform on stage, images of these same dancers are projected on huge double screens hung at the back. The law of gravity does not apply on the screens, and the photographed dancers can dance on their heads, climb one on top of the other and create a mad dialogue with their real characters. The shadows of the dancers on the screens are at times enlarged or made smaller and the audience passed, stupefied, between the land of giants and the land of dwarfs. Image of animals projected on these screens join this feast and the result is a rich and imaginative circus.
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