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Recording: 2015-08-21 , Tanz im August 2015 | HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1) (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Cie Gilles Jobin


Tanz im August 2015 | HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1)

Production Details / Press Releases

Physics becomes dance: Gilles Jobin calls the research process that preceded “QUANTUM” as “creative collisions”. As part of the artistic residency Collide@CERN, he spent three months at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research in Geneva, where he was introduced to the mysteries of particle physics by the physicists Michael Doser and Nicolas Chanon. A tremendous insight for a dancer: matter is not held together by contact between atoms, but solely through their interactive forces, as if the body were a cloud. Gravity, by contrast, with which choreographers continually work, is seen by physicists as the weakest force in the universe. Jobin developed the ‘movement generators’ for his piece from theories about the basic forces of nature. For “QUANTUM” he collaborated with two other artists: the composer Carla Scaletti based her soundtrack on data from the particle accelerator in Geneva that relate to the collision of high-energy particles and their interaction with the Higgs field; the visual artist Julius von Bismarck, also a resident at CERN, sets four lamps above the stage in motion according to the laws of gravitation. “QUANTUM” is the first visit to Berlin by Cie Gilles Jobin (founded in 1995) since the production Under Construction at the Schaubühne in 2002.

Gilles Jobin, born in 1964, was educated in classical ballet at École supérieure de danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower and at Ballet Junior de Genève; he then danced with Fabienne Berger, Philippe Saire, and Angels Magarit. Jobin has been internationally known as a choreographer since his first piece, “A+B=X” for three dancers, created in 1997 at Arsenic in Lausanne and presented two years later at Montpellier Danse Festival. He then moved to London and premiered “Macrocosm” at the Place Theater. In 1999, he produced “Braindance” which opened the 2000–2001 season of Théâtre de la Ville in Paris. His following pieces premiered in Paris (“The Moebius Strip”, 2001) and Berlin (“Under Construction” at Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, 2002). In 2003, the Swiss choreographer accepted a commission from the Ballet du Grand Théâtre in Geneva and created “TWO-THOUSAND-AND-THREE” for twenty-one dancers. For the Gulbenkian Ballet he created “Delicado” (2004). In 2006, he became associated artist of Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy in France where he premiered his productions. By the end of 2011, following a proposal of David Greilsammer and The Geneva Chamber Orchestra, he created his first piece using an existing music, John Adams’ “Shaker Loops”; it premeried in Geneva for L’OCG opening season at BFM. In March 2012 he was awarded the first Collide@CERN-Geneva prize in Dance and Performance and a three-month residency at CERN for his proposal to explore through interventions and dance the relationship between mind and body at the world’s largest particle physics laboratory. In 2013, he produced “QUANTUM” which has received the support of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès for the collaboration between Gilles Jobin and visual artist Julius von Bismarck whose installation “Versuch unter Kreisen” is the light and scenography device. The new duo “FORÇA FORTE” with Gilles Jobin and the emblematic dancer of the company Susana Panadés Diaz is actually in creation. After “QUANTUM” Gilles Jobin draws again his inspiration from the particle physic. The “strong force” – “força forte” – is the strongest of all the 4 fundamental forces of nature, it bounds quarks together, therefore all matter in the universe. This non-contact and counter intuitive force drives the movement generator. In “FORÇA FORTE”, the setting motion is abstract with a concrete representation. Constructed on the form of figurative abstraction, the viewer oscillates between reality and perception. The music is created by Franz Treichler and the costumes are signed by the Belgian designer Jean-Paul Lespagnard who has already worked with the company for “QUANTUM”. Besides his own productions, Gilles Jobin has made of his company, and his headquarters of Studios 44 in Geneva, a pioneering place for the recognition of contemporary dance in Switzerland and international professional exchanges.

Cast & Credits

Choreography: Gilles Jobin
Dance: Stéphanie Bayle, Ruth Childs, Susana Panadés Díaz, Bruno Cezario, Stanislas Charré, Adriano Coletta
Kinetic light installation: Julius von Bismarck
Technology: Martin Schied
Music: Carla Scaletti
Sound, set design: Marie Predour
Costume: Jean-Paul Lespagnard
Costume assistant: Léa Capisano
Scientific consultants: Michael Doser, Nicolas Chanon (physicist at CERN)
Assistant choreography, rehearsals: Susana Panadés Díaz
Production: Cie Gilles Jobin – Genève
Administration: Rosine Bey
Technical management: Marie Predour
Accounting: Gonzague Bochud
Supported by: Fondation d’entreprise Hermès (as part of the New Settings program), Loterie Romande, Fondation meyrinoise du Casino, Fondation Leenaards, Fondation Ernst Göhner, Fund d’encouragement à l’emploi of the intermittents genevois
In collaboration with: Collide @ CERN, Théâtre Forum Meyrin, CERN Expérience CMS
Guest performance supported by Corodis
The Cie Gilles Jobin is supported by the city and the canton of Geneva and the Swiss cultural foundation Pro Helvetia.
Gilles Jobin and Julius von Bismarck are holders of the Collide @ CERN-Award 2012.

Tanz im August 2015
Artistic director: Virve Sutinen
Production management: Sven Neumann
Artistic collaboration & project management: Andrea Niederbuchner
Tanz im August is a festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, funded by the the Capital Culture Fund and the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs.
Supported by Aventis Foundation.

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Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

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