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Decadance : playing with volume and gravity

A rehearsal with Ohad Naharin — By Aliénor de Foucaud

Decadance is the second piece by Ohad Naharin to enter the repertoire of the Paris Opera Ballet after Perpetuum in 2000, and it is a powerful and singular piece. When he imagined it, the choreographer was celebrating his 10 years of creation with the Batsheva Dance Company by proposing a surprising collage of extracts from his repertoire. Ten redesigned and enriched sequences offer a wide panel showing the diversity of his inspiration while questioning the strengths of his research. From September 28th to October 19th, 38 dancers from the Corps de Ballet will throw themselves into the arena. Whilst meeting them for the first time for a rehearsal in June, Ohad Naharin opened the doors of the Palais Garnier studios and gave us his first impressions... Beyond schools and styles, the body in motion remains the only universal language.

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