Out of Context, director Alain Platel aims to return to the fundamentals of dance. Starting from a belief in the human body as an emotional tool, as carriers of memories, as raw material for living fine art. While Platel has flirted with the boundaries of opera over the past years, with for example vsprs or pitié!, Out of Context is not a music-driven piece and also has no set or costumes other than those that the dancers can fit in their suitcases. The mastery of the dancers with which Platel embarks on this adventure is indisputable. Each and every one is an impressive figure with whom Platel has traveled far with over the years. The show mainly asks questions of them, within the constructive dialogue born out of obsession that takes place between director and dancers. The result may well be quite surprising (intimate, inviting, captivating) and much less ‘out of context’ than the title would suggest.
Les Ballets C de la B:
Founded by Alain Platel in 1984. Since then it has become a company that enjoys great success at home and abroad. Over the years it has developed into an artistic platform for a variety of choreographers, taking its inspiration not only from Alain Platel but also Christine De Smedt and Koen Augustijnen. Hans Van de Broeck and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui were previously also members. The company still keeps to its principal of enabling promising young performing artists from various disciplines and backgrounds to take part in this dynamic creative process. As a result of its unique mixture of artistic visions that constantly cross-fertilize each other, Les Ballets C de la B is not easy to
classify. It is nevertheless possible to discern something like a house style
(popular, anarchic, eclectic, committed), and its motto is ‘this dance is for the
world and the world is for everyone’.
Addresses and Contacts
Part of the BIPOD - Beirut International Platform of Dance 2011 Al Madina Theatre Estral Center Hamra Tel.: +9611343834