15th october - Théâtre des Champs Elysées

17-27 september - Performances - Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon 

Commissioned by the Opéra de Lyon
Solo for Marco Merenda as part of Danser Encore, at the invitation of Julie Guibert, director of the Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon.

To dance once more is not to claim to erase what is established between us, but to give this separation the intensity of desire again, the sense of coming closer together: this is what Julie Guibert, director of the Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon, is proposing for this autumn. Yuval Pick, director of the Centre Chorégraphique National de Rilleux-la-Pape, has responded by addressing the importance of collective and individual memory in the development of dance moves for the performer; memory is a “sewing box” of emotions, and considered alternately as a resource or obstacle to the composition of a move. 
Based on an autobiographical memoire by Marco Merenda, Yuval Pick excavates memories from southern Italy, unpicks the pagan threads of the Carnevale di Tricarico, updates the rhythms of the pizzica and determines how the dancing body exteriorizes and expresses emotions stored in the memory. Since the individual is part of a social body and interacts with a group that is always present, even invisible, individual memory is also a social fact; no memory is possible outside the “frameworks that men who live in society use to fix and recover their recollections” (HALBWACHS M., Les cadres sociaux de la mémoire, Paris, Albin Michel, 1994 (1925)). If memory finds expression within “social frameworks”, individuals nonetheless take an active part in reconstructing these recollections; memory is then seen as a social construct.   Not only are the memories of a performer and of the choreographer, Yuval Pick, intertwined here, but also those of the spectators, who take part in a group experience whose forms and feelings are recomposed on stage.