BachTrack vient de publier un article sur “La Lueur de l’Aube”.
“Ken Ossola’s piece Dim Light of Dawn (La Lueur de l’Aube) opened the evening’s performance. Using a rich tapestry of Rachmaninoff piano pieces to riff off and explore, the dancers present some gorgeous partnering that, to my mind, perfectly echoes Ossola’s background at Nederlands Dance Theatre. I certainly see that familiar sense of sweep and extension, of inventive partnering and slight European detachment that has the Jiri Kylian stamp on it. But Dim Light of Dawn, whilst demonstrating its roots in the NDT style, is entirely an Ossola creation.
The music selection sweeps through eight of Rachmaninoff’s most emotion-drenched pieces, including Morceaux de Fantasie, Les Larmes and Pâques, with the dancers pairing up and exploring the score with passion and commitment.
I’m not one hundred per cent sure whether it was the company or the choreography, but the men in this piece seemed to fade into the background, providing an elegant and solid base to the partnering but not showing off much virtuosity in their own right. Indeed, it was the ladies who shone consistently throughout Dim Light of Dawn, which I gather was an intentional choreographic decision. Two absolute standouts were Valentine Legat – whose levity, joy and clean technique won over the audience – and Vanesa Garcia-Ribala Montoya who demonstrated strong lines, amazing extensions and a beautiful sense of attack
Costumes in Dim Light of Dawn were cleanly minimal; leotards that showcased the bodies and choreography, and more importantly provided a visual language for the various sections of the music that also served to tie the pairs of dancers together.
Dim Light of Dawn has a melancholic tinge which I really enjoyed; throughout the piece we see Rachmaninoff’s music setting the tone and leading the way”.
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