Stance ll, Photo: Antoine D’Agata
CATHERINE DIVERRES (FRANCE)
San (Beyond) and Stance II (UK Premieres)
Tue 18 & Wed 19 October, 7.45pm
South Bank Centre: Queen Elizabeth Hall
08701 454 555
Tickets £11 - £17.50 (concs 50% off, limited availability)
Meet the Artist: Tue 18 with Catherine Diverrès
Free to ticket holders after the performance
Catherine Diverrès made her mark in the 1980s when, turning her back on the dominant concepts of American postmodern dance and her classical training, she developed her own choreographic language and style. Dominated by striking visuals and poetic gestures, her work is provocative and profound.
San (beyond), a homage to Bauhaus master Oskar Schlemmer, is a moody, visually arresting marriage between design and motion. Surreal, angular and geometric, Diverrès’s sublime choreography for five characters conjures up the shapes and colours of Schlemmer’s pioneering work.
In Stance II, a lone female figure in a long dress, stands silhouetted against a background of golden light. While Pier Paola Pasolini’s La Terra di lavoro plays into the void, she moves with her shadow to create a graceful and courageous response to the sad words of the song. Stance II was influenced by Diverrès’ time spent with Kazuo Ohno, a seminal practitioner of the post-war Japanese dance form, Butoh, and echoes the beauty and grace of classical Chinese and Japanese paintings.
'Superbly danced…a rare event as well as a true homage to the artist.' Le Figaro (on San)
'The ultimate in grace. And Courage.' Le Monde (on Stance II)
A Brief Encounter with Jean Abreu: 7pm in the Purcell Room prior to performances of Catherine Diverrès.