“In the realm of painting, still lifes sometimes represent an allegory of death, time and the vacuity of passions.
From the 17th century onwards, the idea of boundedness and the derisory aspect of life form a wholly separate genre: ‘the Vanities’. Henceforth the objects represented on the canvases symbolise human activities with elements that evoke the passing of time: fragility, destruction, war and the triumph of death.
These same problems are at stake in this work. The bodies of the dancers exude a specific choreographic writing, a reflection on what these ancestral symbols say to us today.”