Coronet Inside Out: Thomas Lebrun
After great success at The Coronet Theatre presenting Another look at memory as part of FranceDance UK, Thomas Lebrun’s new piece Mille et une danses (pour 2021) gives homage to a world so shaken, which has been pulled apart and is barely recognisable. As part of Coronet Inside Out we are sharing an interview with Thomas Lebrun about this new creation by Centre chorégraphique national de Tours premiering at Festival Montpellier Danse 2021 on 28 & 29 of June.
“While writing the first lines of this new project description last year, little did I know that celebrating dance would take on this new dimension in 2021.
Little did I know that these would be our first creative, danced gatherings after a long, spaceless time without meeting bodily, with a lack of real connection and of closeness… all of those things that are deeply etched into our lives and our beings as dancers and choreographers.
We need physical dialogue; we need to transmit, through our bodies, everything stored by our bodies; everything they hold – perspiring, bubbling over.
We need to communicate what we are and what we feel, though we may be locked in, masked and far away.
We need the power and usefulness of movement and of space, of discoveries, travel and sharing… of those bonds that motivate us.
Deep inside, I’m convinced that these “One thousand and one dances for 2021” will be vital for the whole crew.
They’ll be brimming with a new quality that will inhabit all our lives and our dance.
A certain taste for freedom, the value of which we had almost forgotten.
The value of our profession, sharing that taste for freedom.
And the value of that freedom in going towards one another.”
Thomas Lebrun April 2020
“1001 dances in one show
1001 odes to diversity and transmission
To dance is to give, to debate, to celebrate, to be who you are, to build and unbuild, to emanate, to strive, to propel and to propose… And whatever it may be, it’s to transmit.
A part of yourself
Dancing humour Peace
Dancing the dance of others
His or her dance
Their tragedy, joys, fears and momentum,
The tragedy of others,
Dancing the choreographies of others, with all of our own joys, fears, impetus and sincerity.
Dancing for 3 seconds, Alone
Or two, or six, or ten of us
14 of us dancing for 1 minute The same dance
A different dance
14 different dances at the same time.
Dancing for real Dancing make-believe Without conviction With all our soul
With all our body
With part of our body Making space dance Making the spirit dance.
Dancing the old, the new; improvising. Testing, tasting, performing
Vibrating, projecting ourselves, committing
Intensity, innermost selves
Freedom, enjoyment, lightheartedness Homage
Homage to our world that is so shaken, that has been pulled apart and is barely recognisable.
Offering it 1001 dances for the future, 1001 nuances of what we are and not going around with closed eyes.”
Thomas Lebrun February 2019
The show will premiere 28 and 29 of June in Festival Montpellier Danse 2021: https://www.montpellierdanse.com/spectacle/mille-et-une-danses-pour-2021