Empty moves (part I, II & III)

2004, 2007 and 2014

Piece for 4 dancers
Choreography Angelin Preljocaj
Music John Cage, Empty words
Special thanks to Goran Vejvoda
Assistant to the artistic direction Youri Van den Bosch
Choreologist Dany Lévêque
Duration 1h45
Empty moves (parts I, II & III) 2014 Creation
Dancers Natacha Grimaud, Nuriya Nagimova, Fabrizio Clemente, Baptiste Coissieu / Virginie Caussin, Yurié Tsugawa, Sergio Diaz, Yan Giraldou (deux distributions)
Coproduction Festival Montpellier Danse 2014, Théâtre de la Ville-Paris
Premiered on 22 June 2014 at Théâtre de l'Agora, Festival Montpellier Danse (France)
Empty moves (parts I & II) 2007 Creation
Dancers Isabelle Arnaud, Céline Marié, Sergio Diaz, Yan Giraldou / Natacha Grimaud, Emma Gustafsson, Alexandre Galopin, Bruno Péré
Coproduction Festival Montpellier Danse 2007
Premiered on 03 July 2007 at Festival Montpellier Danse (France)
Empty moves (part I) 2004 Creation
Dancers Harald Krytinar, Hervé Chaussard, Isabelle Arnaud, Natacha Grimaud, Thomas Michaux, Toshiko Oiwa
Coproduction Biennale nationale de danse du Val-de-Marne
Premiered on 19 March 2004 at Fontenay-sous-bois, Biennale Nationale de Danse du Val de Marne (France)
After creating Empty moves (part I) in 2004, followed by (part II) in 2007, Angelin Preljocaj wished to pursue his study of movement based on the work Empty Words by John Cage. Empty moves (part III) will be completed in time for the opening of the Montpellier Danse festival in 2014. On this occasion, the work will be presented in its entirety. Empty moves consists of actions and movements inspired by the words and phonemes read by John Cage at the Teatro Lirico in Milan and recorded live on December 2nd, 1977. The notion of an alienation effect, the deconstruction of movement and a new expression of choreographic phrasing prevail over the definition and essence of the movements. Thus the piece establishes a link with Henry David Thoreau’s text, which was the inspiration for John Cage, and a connection to the unflinching determination of the instigator of that evening in Milan.

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