For dancer Carmen Pereiro Numer, “El Baile” generates “a very special view of Argentina. In the initial phase of the creative process we first had to find out what ideas we wanted to explore through our bodies. Mathilde and Véronique showed themselves to be very sensitive to Argentine corporeality, its art of seduction, the longings that it communicates.” Pablo Lugones, the ensemble’s folklore expert, completes the thought: “‘El Baile’ bestows a different meaning on my approach to traditional dance.”
The piece draws attention to a part of the Argentine past that is conjugated into the present. The national enthusiasm for football is included – with a wink. “We don’t avoid stereotypes, we work with them,” says Alan Pauls. “There’s a grain of truth in every cliché. Hitchcock once said, ‘It’s better to start from a cliché than to become one.’” Mathilde Monnier takes this up: “It’s art that has the power to destabilise clichés.”
After the confrontation with the hard floor of the Prix d’Ami, “El Baile” will touch down gently in Angers, Montpellier and Berlin. In autumn there will be a tour and a three-week guest spot in Buenos Aires. At our meeting in spring the ensemble can hardly contain its excitement. Some of its members have never been to Europe before. We assure them that “El Baile” will excite audiences: “People will cheer you, embrace you.” Things will be intense, passionate, crazy. Welcome to the bal(l)!
Übersetzung aus dem Deutschen: Joel Scott
Background Photo Title: Nicolas Roux
Background Video: Mathilde Monnier & Alan Pauls
Background Photo #1, 2: Christophe Martin