In the ellipse of the Water Lilies gallery, which conjures up a shimmering infinity rather than the curve of the setting, François Chaignaud presents a programme of short pieces, reconnecting with the tradition of the salon recital – an event that played a major role in the advent of the choreographic modernity of the 20th century. Based on a contemporary repertoire of the contemplative undulation of the Water Lilies, he imagines a recital around the work of Isadora Duncan, whom he studied with Elisabeth Schwartz since 2015.
“This miniature recital is a revelation of the reality and strangeness of these bodies and voices which, in the first third of the 20th century – Frightened and fascinated by a world plagued by new metamorphoses –, dreamed of recapturing an intensity of their own. This paradoxical dream, torn between the nostalgia of a vanished world, the illusion of returning to a state of fantasised nature, and a passion for travel, is a chance for a body, weakened by melancholy and modern life, to affirm its sensual and sexual power. Immersing oneself in these elusive dances is, I find, a study of a repertoire and a history (and of the way in which the choreographic and expressive forms adopted by Isadora Duncan exude an era, a place, a mental, poetic and ideological landscape), as well as a salutary interrogation of our contemporary form of creation and dance. Isadora Duncan dazzles our blind spots.”
François Chaignaud: choreography, performance, singing
Adriano Spampanato: piano
Administration, production: Musée de l’Orangerie, Vlovajob Pru