Friday, 11 July 2008

Dancing with the birds

Théatre des Hivernales
Yesterday I saw a show that delighted me: Confidences from the birds, summer migration.
The only thing I knew about it was that it was a ballet where birds and dancers interact. Real birds. It was magic. In turn jays, crows, magpies, starlings and parrots fly and move around the dancers, together composing scenes of great beauty. The music, very pure, is inspired by bird songs and the noises of the forest. The show takes us to a dreamworld where the alliance between man and nature has finally been achieved. It's not only beautiful, it is an inspiration. You leave the theatre filled with a sense of peace and joy. A must-see if you happen to be around Avignon.
Theatre des Hivernales, 10-26 July 2008 (except 15 and 20 July) at 10:00 a.m. Duration 50 minutes, bookings on 04 90 82 33 12 (full details here). The show is the result of several years of mutual impregnation between birds and dancers under the leadership of Luc Petton, a choregrapher who has a passion for birds.
Festival d'Avignon 2008 - Les Hivernales. La confidence des oiseaux, Luc Betton
J'ai vu un spectacle qui m'a enchantée: La confidence des oiseaux, migration d'été.
La seule chose que j'en savais c'est que c'était un ballet mêlant danseurs et oiseaux. Des vrais oiseaux. C'est magnifique. Tour à tour geais, corneilles, pies, étourneaux et perroquets accompagnent les danseurs dans des tableaux remarquablement composés. La musique, très pure, s'inspire de chants d'oiseaux et des bruits de la forêt. C'est beau et serein. On se laisse emmener dans un univers presque oniriqueoù l'homme aurait réussi l'alliance avec la nature. On en sort ébloui, empli de paix et de joie.
Théatre des Hivernales, rue Guillaume Puy, du 10 au 26 juillet 2008 à 10h (relâche les 15 et 21 juillet). Durée : 50 minutes, réservations au 04 90 82 33 12, infos complémentaires ici.
Ce spectacle est le fruit d'un long travail d’imprégnation mutuelle oiseaux/danseurs mené par un chorégraphe passionnné par les oiseaux, Luc Petton. A voir absolument si vous êtes à Avignon.

25 comments:

claude said...

Des oiseaux danseurs.
Dommage que je ne sois pas à Avignon. Sur que ce doit être un beau spectable. Et puis, tu en parles si bien que j'ai l'impression de voir le spectable dans ma tête.

Bergson said...

Quel travail pour apprendre à danser aux oiseaux et en plus ils ont fait la bande son.

Le spectacle doit être sublime si on en croit ta photo

Bon WE

Ackworth Born said...

o wow that is one show I would love to see.

Peter said...

Happy to see that you found something to see and listen to, which you enjoyed (not like the "Inferno"! At least one "show" every day (not counting what you find in the streets)? I guess one of the difficulties is to choose!

Abraham Lincoln said...

I have no problems with nude people or other animals, including birds. The problem I have is with who decided what is fitting and not. To answer your question about your post, I think it is perfectly normal for anyone to see a nude person, so one or two dancing with birds should not be odd but it is.

AnneduSud said...

Aussitôt lu, aussitôt réservé! Pour le mardi 22, je suis à l'avance ravie, si tu a d'autres bons plans, je suis preneuse, j'ai un tel souvenir du groupe F que je te fais volontiers confiance et quand il y a 1000 spectacles... Trop de théâtre tue le théâtre...

David -- www.CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Dancing with birds. How original and creative. Sounds like something that Cirque du Soleil should do.

Nathalie, I appreciate and agree with the comment that you left on my Daily Photo site for Costa Rica and want to update you that I can now identify the type of flower that I posted on July 3 and that you commented that I should add the name of the flower. It is a cana lily, which Wikipedia says is not a true lily. It is native to the Western Hemisphere, from the southern U.S. to northern Argentina.

I love the photos on your site. Avignon is a wonderful place. My wife and I wish we could have spent more time there during our one visit, while we were on our honeymoon in Monaco in 2002

Halcyon said...

C'est dommage que Avignon est si loin! J'aurais bien aime voir ce spectacle. J'adore les oiseaux et j'ai une passion pour la danse. Merci pour avoir partager les photos en tout cas!

MmeBenaut said...

The birds must have imprinted on the humans and been hand-raised. There is no way that it could be done with wild birds I don't think. I can't stand the thought of cages for birds. Mine are all free to come and go; as are my cats BTW.
This is a great photo Nathalie - body paint and suspenders; very cleverly done. I think I would have enjoyed the show nonetheless.

Jilly said...

How amazing. I'd love to be in Avignon to see this. thanks for the information and photograph. Extraordinary.

Dina said...

This seems too good to be true. How exciting and heart-warming!

Kim said...

Wow, one can only hope they might consider an international tour! I'm sure that would be difficult for the avian performers to handle well, though. Just transporting my mom's canary with her a plane, the security inspectors insisted I take it from the travel carrier and hand hold it through the inspection gate. I kept thinking, "What if it escapes my hand?"
Wonderful post, Nathalie. The dreamlike quality comes through.
-Kim
Seattle Daily Photo

Bibi said...

This is a striking photo, and I too wish I were in Avignon... Maybe sometime soon.

babooshka said...

well I do have photos on my blog of wild bords sitting on my hands, but dancing nude with them I will leave to others. It's strangely beautiful. Certainly a talking point imag you have captured.

Coltrane_lives said...

I love ballet, but then I grew up with a professional dancer (my sis) in the house. I dig birds too. Actually, just starting to study various birds. I'd certainly pay to see this show if only for a few moments of peace and joy. Clever theater. I applaud!

Tomate Farcie said...

Wow, that's a very unique and interesting concept! Sounds fantastic, actually! Good for you!

brigetoun said...

superbe -
comment essayer de trouver le temps d'y aller ?- envie

Virginia said...

Nathalie,
I love the idea of ballet and the birds all around. I am wondering how they are trained. Sounds much more enjoyable than the Inferno that you shared with us.

Julie said...

There is a most lyrical quality to this, Nathalie. Was the music specially composed for the dance or did they use the likes of Resphigi? In your image, the human and the bird are clothed in the same colours. It is entrancing that the birds you show are simple, ordinary and apparently everyday types. I am entranced. I also feel that you are very lucky to have taken such an image - we would have been severely roused upon in Australia!

Hilda said...

Oh wow, this is one ballet that even my husband would consent to coming with me. Sounds absolutely awe-inspiring and magical.

Louis la Vache said...

On a different subject, "Louis" et Mme. la Vache celebrate their premier anniversaire today.

d. chedwick said...

I would love to see this show.

Nathalie said...

d.chedwick, don't you dare try catch the birds !

Château-Gontierdailyphoto said...

Cela donne envie de gouter à la vie culturelle d'Avignon.

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