GRAND JETÉ, 12. - 13. October

12. - 13. October

A tribute to one of ballet's most famous - and challenging - steps.

  • Duration60 min
  • Price360
  • StageMain stage

Grand jeté, or the grand split in the air, is considered one of the most impressive and virtuosic steps in the art of ballet. As an attempt to defy gravity, the grand jeté is a transitional step consisting of a momentary suspension, followed by a "throw" of oneself into the air.

In GRAND JETÉ the award-winning Italian choreographer Silvia Gribaudi together with MM Contemporary Dance Company directed by Michele Merola, explores the metaphorical significance of the historic step.

For more than two decades, the choreographer has researched the social significance of the body, focusing on the relationship between performers and the audience, often infused with a comedic element. By placing one of ballet's most explosive movements in an everyday context, Grand jeté opens up the possibility to challenge and rebel against the seemingly irreversible nature of any action.

What efforts underlie one of the world's most challenging steps? How do we handle potential failure and take flight again? Can we simply give it another go?

In this performance, Gribaudi herself takes the stage alongside 10 younger dancers.
- It is the young people who can make the whole of humanity take a leap, explains the choreographer. That´s why I have chosen a company of young people who have the passion and desire to take us to other worlds, starting with a grand plié, but all together to arrive at a GRAND JETÉ!

Smoke machine and flashing lights will be used in some scenes.

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  • Choreography

    Silvia Gribaudi

  • Dancers

    Silvia Gribaudi og the MM Contemporary Dance Company: Emiliana Campo, Lorenzo Fiorito,Mario Genovese, Matilde Gherardi, Fabiana Lonardo, Alice Ruspaggiari, Rossana Samele, Nicola Stasi, Giuseppe Villarosa, Leonardo Zannella

  • Music

    Matteo Franceschini

  • Light design

    Luca Serafini

  • Styling

    Ettore Lombardi

  • Assistant choreographer

    Paolo Lauri

  • Rehersal director

    Enrico Morelli

  • Dramatical consultant

    Annette Van Zwoll

  • Artistic collaboration

    Matteo Maffesanti

  • Technical advice

    Leonardo Benetollo

  • Creative producer

    Mauro Danesi

  • Photo

    Andrea Macchia
    Vojtech Brtnicky courtesy Tanec Praha

The performance is presented in cooperation with CODA Oslo International Dance Festival.
Accessibility: Step-free access, dedicated wheelchair spaces in the auditorium. Hosts are available to provide assistance.

Produced by:
Associazione Culturale Zebra
Co-produced by:
MM Contemporary Dance Company (IT), La Biennale de Lyon (FR), Théâtre de la Ville (FR), Rum för Dans (SE), National Theatre Brno within Theatre World Festival Brno (CZ), BPDA Big Pulse Dance Alliance: Torinodanza Festival (IT), International Dance Festival TANEC PRAHA (CZ), Zodiak - Side Step Festival (FI) Artistic residency Centro di Residenza Emilia-Romagna (L’Arboreto-Teatro Dimora | La Corte Ospitale) With the support of MiC – Ministero della Cultura, Italian Ministry of Cultural Affairs

GRAND JETÉ is a co-production of Big Pulse Dance Alliance, supported by the EU programme Creative Europe.

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