TOULOUSE – LAUTREC
Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse
Kader Belarbi |Choreography, staging and libretto
Bruno Coulais | Original Music
Danièle Devynck | Artistic advisor
Sylvie Olivé | Set design
Olivier Bériot | Costumes
Nicolas Olivier | Lighting Design
Sergio Tomassi | Accordion
Raul Rodriguez Bey |
Laure Muret | Assistant choreographer
Laurence Fanon | Assistant choreographer French can-can and music hall
An impressionist ballet by Kader Belarbi, which depicts a sensitive and dazzling vision of the Paris of the Belle Époque.
Kader Berlabi, director of the Ballet du Capitole, had been dreaming of this Toulouse-Lautrec for years.
« I have always been fascinated by painting, and so bringing together the act of painting and the act of dancing is for me a natural move. Toulouse-Lautrec, of course, painted Parisian parties, cabarets, circuses, shows and balls. But what captivated him were the gestures, attitudes and face of the people whose personalities and profundities he ensnared in a black outline and rendered in a limited colour palette. Dance was a central subject in the work of Toulouse-Lautrec. With a stroke of his paintbrush or his pencil, he divulged the movement of a body, its rhythm, its energy, its humanity in the non-finito and the emptiness. The choreographer is tasked with capturing the painter’s work today, with offering new opportunities for dialogue between painting and dance, among the arts, among the senses, between that which is performed, seen and heard. The entire artistic team and I wish to share this new adventure with the public, so that the festivities may begin anew. » Kader Belarbi By embracing the atmosphere of the Belle Époque, the choreographer offers to the audience a colourful and entertaining performance !