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2017-18 season

théâtre national de nice

el baile

freely inspired by le bal – a collective creation of the Théâtre du Campagnol, directed by Jean-Claude Penchenat, Design & choreography by Mathilde Monnier, Alan Pauls

With Martin Gil, Lucas Lagomarsino, Samanta Leder, Pablo Lugones, Ari Lutzker, Carmen Pereiro Numer, Valeria Polorena, Lucia Garcia Pulles, Celia Argüello Rena, Delfina Thiel, Florencia Vecino, Daniel Wendler dramaturgy Véronique Timsit stage design & costumes Annie Tolleper lighting Eric Wurtz musical consultant Sergio Pujol workshop coordination Marie Bardet artistic collaboration Anne Fontanesi production Le Quai - CDN Angers Pays de la Loire coproduction Théâtre National de Chaillot - Paris, MC93 - Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis - Bobigny, Festival Montpellier Danse, Teatro San Martin - Buenos Aires, Théâtre Sénart SN, MC2 Grenoble with the support of l’Institut Français

Tango, music, dances of yesterday and today all combine to weave this story in a delightful way, reawakening the spirit of Argentina. Timeless, popular and unfailingly vibrant……we fall instantly under the charm.

The great choreographer, Mathilde Monnier transports Jean-Claude Penchenat’s cult show of the ‘80s, Le Bal (also immortalised by the filmmaker Ettore Scola), to a milonga in Buenos Aires, a city where tango rubs shoulders with football, rock runs alongside political demonstrations. These are tales of seduction without words, stories about life in Buenos Aires from 1978 to the present day, revealed in an Argentinian ballroom. Men and women brush against each other; their destinies crisscross to the rhythms of tango, the samba and malambo but also to rock, techno and songs that have marked Argentina over the last forty years. Mathilde Monnier’s New Wave style works perfectly with the writings of her road companion, the great author, Alan Pauls. Dancers conjure up images of the World Cup, political events of the junta in power, like the stirrings of revolution through dance and make a beautiful allusion to Pina Bausch. We are taken on a journey through an era and the history of a country…..because in Argentina, nobody forgets that to dance is to love one another and to rise up together in revolt.

Following on from the rock of Charly Garcia, we have the legendary tango of Osvaldo Pugliese. (…) The party goes on….with all the splendour of a delirious adventure in the middle of the afternoon… Rosita Boisseau, Le Monde
Pierre Brasseur Hall Running time 1h30
  • april
  • sat 14 8pm & 3pm
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