“Amidst the immensity of the Shchukin exhibition on display at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, inspiring visitors to meander and explore the art and languages presented therein, our objective was create a haven, a salon, a dream-like interior, surrounded by the impressive Matisse ensemble gathered there.
“Recreating the setting of the salon recital, an event that played a major role in the advent of the 20th century’s choreographic contemporaneousness, we present a collection of short pieces that unfold in the disconcerting intimacy of this domestic theatre.
“Like the salon performances that forged a coexistence between languages and forms of expression – vocal, musical, choreographic and poetic –, we have created a heterogeneous recital during which historic musical and choreographic works by Isadora Duncan, Claude Debussy , and Nijinsky resonate with the contemporary notions inspired by the impression left by this artistic moment.
“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.”
Choreography and performance: François Chaignaud
Piano: Adriano Spampanato