Every existence is pulled between a desire to rise and a fear of falling. We fall asleep , we fall in love , contractions pull us out of the maternal cocoon to confront the hard laws of a terrestrial invisible force.
In Skid , human relationship to gravity , and the poetic of resistance and abandonment bound to it, sets the dancers in motion . Between verticality and horizontality , Skid is performed on 34 degrees inclined platform diving right in the orchestra pit . The set is itself inspired by the measurement of earth’s gravitional acceleration measurement : 9.8 meters/s2. . Only two entrance/exit : above and under, the dancers are drawing physical story lines between appearance and vanishing.
Every movement of this choreographic exploration is created from the limits and new possibilities the slope offers.
At times epic, dangerous , humorous or moving , skid creates a new landscape of physical possibilities , creating a chain reaction of physical and emotional events .
The human body becomes the crossroad between will, resistance, collapse and resilience where the relationship with others is often the only comfort against the call of the void.
The slope in Skid has been created by New York artist Jim Hodges and Carlos Marques da Cruz, while the playful and multi-functional costumes have been created by fashion designer Jean-Paul Lespagnard. Austrian composer Christian Fennesz provides the emotional electro-acoustic music, and lights by Joakim Brink blurs further audience’s perceptions of verticality by multiplying the numbers of the dancers with stark elongated shadows .
Choreography : Damien Jalet
Set design : Jim Hodges with Carlos Marques da Cruz
Music : Fennesz (with loops from Malher), additional music by Marihiko Hara
Costumes : Jean Paul Lespagnard
Lights : Joakim Brick
Choreographic advisor and guest dancer : Aimilios Arapoglou
Performed and produced by Gothenburg dance company
Artistic director : Katrin Hall
“A work of art that will make your chin drop in front of unprecedented dance” Alba
“Absolutely wonderful to watch... Skid succeeds in reinventing the form of a dance ‘s main material : gravity” Dagens Nyheter
“Death defying dance” Boras Tidning
“Dancers bring a new perspective on their art . Breathtaking” Gotenborg post
“The ending where a naked and vulnerable life forces itself out, and up, grabs me so much that I am almost crying .. Swedish national radio
Gothenburg Opera: 9,13,17 and 23 rd of January 2019
Paris Chaillot : 31 of january , 1st and second of February 2019
Madrid theatros del Canal : 25 and 26 th of april
Pamplona: 30th of april