“Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life [...]”
William Shakespeare, 1595
Dancer/choreographer Yaman Okur revisits shakespeare's most famous drama on a musical creation by David Chalmin.
A contemporary Romeo and Juliet for seven break-dancers, two pianos, electric guitar and percussions.
Katia & Marielle Labèque: pianos
David Chalmin: electric guitar & electronics
Raphaël Séguinier: drums & percussions
David Chalmin has collaborated with Katia & Marielle Labèque on numerous occasions, in particular on the Minimalist Dream House project. His new 30-minute break-dance ballet, Star-cross’d lovers tinged with Minimalism, rock and electro.
Shakespeare’s timeless theme of impossible love allowed the composer and the choreographer, Yaman Okur, to play on tension and resolution, violence and harmony, antagonisms and similarities, love and hatred.
A producer of classical music as well as experimental rock, Chalmin constantly builds bridges between different musical universes. In Katia and Marielle Labèque he found allies who continuously break down barriers. As they were able to do with Gershwin or The Beatles, they continue to demonstrate that rock, Minimalism, or electronics can cohabit with classical pianos and that contemporary music can be living and close to pop music without being elitist.
In the same way, Yaman Okur shows us that break-dancing is not limited to solo improvisation or street battles but can also be written and danced by a group and have a place in concert halls alongside classical soloists. His numerous experiences with Madonna or the Cirque du Soleil have enabled him to develop a professionalism and rigour that complement his visionary talents, making him a veritable contemporary choreographer and not simply a B-boy trained in the street.
The result of Chalmin’s encounter with Okur is a topical work based on universal, accessible themes, which, for all that, is never facile. Experimentation is of the essence, and we fluctuate between amorous dances accompanied by two romantic pianos inspired by Schubert or Chopin, and rock explosions illustrating gang wars by way of Minimalist electronic celebrations that could bring certain Berlin parties to mind…
Premiered at the Paris Philharmonie in May 2015, Star-Cross'd Lovers is the fruit of a coproduction between the Paris Philharmonie, KKL Luzern, Konzerthaus Dortmund and the Auditorium of Bordeaux.
Some performance dates:
9-10 mai 2015 : Philharmonie de Paris
16 mai 2015 : KKL Luzern
27 novembre 2015 : Konzerthaus Dortmund
18 février 2016 : Auditorium de Bordeaux
Extra Footage links from Sarah's Music:
Breakdancing Horn Challenge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmLkshQSK6U
B-Boys Encore https://youtu.be/G48ju1rOKxo
©NxV-Nathalie Joffre & Vincent Perrault