Take flight in light barks
Take flight in light barks from tipsy, sunny worlds, that ever-milder tears reward you
for your flight. Watch without ecstasy how the intoxication of blond light-blue dream
powers and drunken passion unfolds so that the sweet trembling will not envelop you
with new sorrow. Let silent sadness fill this spring.
Poem by Stefan George, “Entflieht auf leichten Kähnen” opus 2 by Anton Webern
Action Scénique / Claire Croizé
Claire Croizé created in the last years two memorable dance solos: The Farewell on
the music by Gustav Mahler and Vor deinem Thron on Johann Sebastian Bach’s music.
With Chant éloigné she is now back on stage with a group piece: four other female
dancers accompany her in this new production while using movement as the primary
motor of creation. Together they travel back to the early 2Oth century exploring this
shifting period characterised by indecision and important changes in terms of
aesthetics and society as a whole.
In Chant éloigné Claire Croizé researches on the concept of end. Not only the end of a
time (the 19th century) or the end of an artistic and musical movement
(Romanticism), but also the ending movements. Can you build up a performance with
only final scenes and the intensity of last movements, where each scene is constantly
related to the abandon of the group and of the space? Does not every end contain a
On a musical level the end of Romanticism definitely announces the beginning of
Modernism. Webern’s and Schönberg’s early works are in a late Romantic style: they
try to get rid of Romantic structure and patterns, but keep some remarkable marks
though. At the same time the atonality, instability and fragmentation show their
unquestionable longing to a new era. Debussy’s music is noted for the sensory
component and working within the field of impressionistic music he marks as well the
transition to the modern era.
Chant éloigné bets on that dimension of music that lies beyond the hearing and on
those movements beyond the end announcing something to come.
Choreography: Claire Croizé
Dance: Claire Croizé, Claire Godsmark, Cecilia Lisa Eliceche, Liz Kinoshita, Lisa Gunstone.
Light design: Jan Maertens
Artistic advice: Etienne Guilloteau
Musical advice: Alain Franco
Costume advice: Britt Angé
Production management and distribution: drop production
Financial management: Karolien Derwael / Klein Verzet
Production: Action Scénique
Coproduction: Kunstencentrum STUK/CC30, Kunstencentrum BUDA in collaboration
with Cultuurcentrum Kortrijk, Jardin d’Europe
In collaboration with: WorkspaceBrussels & Ultima Vez, wp Zimmer, Le Vivat
Supported by: Jardin d’europe is supported by the Culture programme of the
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Première: December 13, 2012 - STUK Kunstencentrum & 30cc (Dubbelspel), Leuven
March 21, 2013 @ TAKT Dommelhof, Neerpelt
December 5, 2013 @ cc Ter vesten, Beveren (BE)
December 10,2013 @ December Dance 13, Stadtschouwburg, Brugge (BE)
December 12, 2013 @ cc de Werft, Geel (BE)
January 24, 2014 @ Kortrijkse Schouwburg Kortrijk (BE)