Le Funambule

2009 Creation

Text Jean Genet, Le Funambule (Poésie Gallimard NRF, 1995)
Choreography and performance Angelin Preljocaj
Scenography Constance Guisset
Sound creation 79D
Additional music Elliot Godenthal, Piotr llitch Tchaïkovski, musique folklorique des Balkans
Lighting Cécile Giovansili
Costumes Angelin Preljocaj
Assistant to the artistic direction Youri Aharon Van den Bosch
Choreologist Dany Lévêque
Costruction décor Atelier du Petit Chantier
Constumes maker Claudine Duranti
Coproduction Montpellier Danse Festival 2009, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris)
Duration 1h
Premiered on 22 June 2009, Montpellier Danse Festival
"Writing a solo for yourself boils down to creating a self-portrait. Why do it, in spite of the difficulties involved? Angelin Preljocaj talks about the special, irrepressible moment when the creator needs to look himself in the eye, back to the wall, without any artifice, and with no other body but his own. The Tightrope Walker by Jean Genet was as important to him in his youth as Letters to a young poet by Rilke (1903-1908) was to so many others. These two poems convey to their recipient the same unbearable injunction to excess and poetry. “You’re an artist - alas - you can no longer refuse to confront the awful precipice of your eyes."
Jean Genet

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