Memoire de l'ombre, de Ken Ossola, commande du Ballet du Grand thèâtre de Genève

Mémoire de l'Ombre - 2014 - Geneva

Choreography produced by le Grand Ballet de Genève as a tribute to Gustav Mahler

More a calligrapher than a choreographer, Ken Ossola’s art plays with shadow and light. With his ballets, he chisels the dancer’s body like a skilled craftsman into deceptively delicate forms, full of harmony and interior peace.

Ken Ossola’s choice of Gustav Mahler’s hymn of love to life and the world for this performance seems obvious, given his dance’s propensity for the sacred and the way he places human beings in the eternal whirlwind of forces at play in the universe.

Ken Ossola invents movement to heighten and deepen his dancers’ awareness. He captures the secret magic of a body language that joins the innermost energy of individual being with a substance both divine and immaterial.

Approx. duration : 1h10 (without intermission)

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  • xtrait de Mémoire de L'Ombre, spectacle chorégraphique de Ken Ossola pour le Grand Ballet de Genève en 2014.
    MEMOIRE DE L'OMBRE - GENEVE 2014
  • Memoire de l'Ombre, Chorégraphie de Ken Ossola, chorégraphe International
    MEMOIRE DE L'OMBRE - GENEVE 2014
  • Le Grand Ballet de Genève pour Ken Ossola, création "Mémoire de l'Ombre" en 2014.
    Mémoire de l'Ombre - Genève - 2014
  • Extrait de Mémoire de l'Ombre, chorégraphie de Ken Ossola
    MEMOIRE DE L'OMBRE - GENEVE 2014
  • Mémoire de l'Ombre, spectacle de Ken Ossola en Genève 2014.
    MEMOIRE DE L'OMBRE - GENEVE 2014
  • Le final de Mémoire de L'ombre, Chorégraphie de Ken Ossola pour le Ballet du Grand Thèâtre de Genève
    MEMOIRE DE L'OMBRE - GENEVE 2014
  • Duo masculin de Mémoire de l'Ombre, par le Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, pour Ken Ossola
    MEMOIRE DE L'OMBRE - GENEVE 2014
  • Les danseurs du Grand Ballet de Genève pour Mémoire de L'Ombre de Ken Ossola en 2014.
    Mémoire de l'Ombre - Genève - 2014
  • Mémoire de l'ombre par Ken Ossola, détail de l'un des tableaux
    MEMOIRE DE L'OMBRE - GENEVE 2014
  • Memoire de l'ombre de Ken Ossola, l'un des duos.
    MEMOIRE DE L'OMBRE - GENEVE 2014

Production Crew in Geneva

Choreography : Ken Ossola
Music : Gustav Malher
Additional music : Julien Tarride
Scenography  & costumes : Nicolas Musin
Lights : Harrys Picot

Director of Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève
Philippe Cohen.

Assistant to the director of ballet
Vitorio Casarin

Administrative Coordinator
Emilie Schaffter

Ballet Master
Grant Aris
Grégory Deltenre

Pianist
Serafima Demianova

Technical director
Philippe Duvauchelle

Lighting Assistant
Alexandre Bryand

Stage Management
Jérôme Glorieux

Sound and video 
Alexandre Averty

Machinery
Alexandre Auer, Fernando De Miguel
Bruno Giannini, Olivier Sidore
Andrea Valvini

Lighting
William  Ballerio, Arnaud Viala

Scene Electricity
Renato Campora, Lionel Rocher, Louis Riondel, Romain Toppano

Photographer
Grégory Batardon

Female Dancers
Céline Allain, Fernanda Barbosa, Louise Bille, Ornella Capece, Andie Masazza, Virginie Nopper, Yu Otagaki, Angela Rebelo, Sara Shigenari, Sarawanee Tanatanit, Daniela Zaghini

Male Dancers
Joseph Aitken, Loris Bonani, Natan Bouzy, Aurélien Dougé, Paul Girard, Armando Gonzalez, Vladimir Ippolitov, Xavier Juvcn, Nathanaël Marie, Geoffrey Van Dyck, Nahuel Vega

Ken Ossola  and the production crew would like to thank their partner

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Soundtrack

Symphonie N°5                                            4. Adagietto. Sehr langsam
(Arrangement musical et mixage: Julien Tarride, violon: Christine Massetti)

Symphonie N°2 «Résurrection»                 1. Allegro maestoso

Symphonie N°6 «Tragique»                       3. Andante moderato (EXTRAIT)

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen          2. « Ging heut’ morgen über Feld
(Chants d’un compagnon errant)

Symphonie n°9 «Tragique»”                      4. Adagio, Sehr langsam und no ch zurückhaltend (EXTRAIT)

Transition basée sur
Symphonie N°1                                          1. Langsam. Schleppend. Wie ein Naturlaut.
Symphonie N°5                                          
4. Adagietto. Sehr langsam

(Arrangement musical et mixage: Julien Tarride, violon: Christine Massetti)

Das Lied von der Erde (Le Chant de la Terre)               6. «Der Abschied. (L’Adieu) (EXTRAIT) 

Symphonie N°2 «Résurrection»                5. « Aufersteh’n» (Résurrection). Langsam. Misterioso (EXTRAIT)

 

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Ils en ont dit

« His dance mixes broken, shattered and altered, which reflect his inclination for the contradictory, his taste for letting go »

Bertrand Tappolet, Le Courrier

« Shadow’s Memories is a choreography full of mystery and secrets, with the sumptuous music of Mahler as the only narrative. On the theme of the shadow, the choreographer knows how to emerge from the Abyss, a dance filled with darkness and beauty. All the dancers of the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, slide into this emotive and sensitive choreography, playing with technical virtuosity, necessarily hidden by an apparent fluidity. »

Agnès Izrine, Danser Canal Historique.

«The Swiss choreographer Ken Ossola plays with light and shadow in his works. What he does in “Mémoire de l’Ombre”, is more like calligraphy than choreography.

With harmonious movements, the performers dance through a shadow play on the stage. Their bodies appear fragile and distinctive, much like the curved, thin calligraphic symbols, which are mostly in contrasting black and white.

For Ossola, it is quite natural to convey in dance the hymn of love for the world, and for life, that is expressed in Gustav Mahler’s music. His dance has something inherently sacred about it, and it positions the human being in relation to the eternal cycle, much like the inner mechanics that hold the universe together»

Migros dance Festival Steps 2014.

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