“Swan Lake Solo”
A project by Olga Dukhovnaya and Anton Svetlichny
Swan Lake Solo is a project whose main idea is to recycle Tchaikovsky's most famous ballet, embodying all the roles with a single performer. From corps de ballet to solo, and vice versa, one of the challenges is to discover what is the very essence of this ballet which can withstand such a transformation.
It is a project by Ukrainian choreographer and dancer Olga Dukhovnaya developed in close collaboration with Russian composer Anton Svetlichny. Not only the dance, but also the music by Tchaikovsky, are rehabilitated and reinvented. Our starting point is the idea that creating the new - even radically new - recycles the old. The material of Swan Lake Solo will not be invented but separated from its meaning and the emotional component of the characters. This process will be carried out by using the principles of the formal recomposition inherent in conceptual electronic music: multiplication, loops, compression, downsampling and other forms of distortion. Tchaikovsky's score becomes a source of material to be treated with any required degree of freedom.
One of the key features of Swan Lake is its convertibility. At the turn of the 21st century, the ballet migrated from academic high art to mass culture: from Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, to the animation of Kimio Yabuki, passing by Hollywood (Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan). Half way through its second century, Swan Lake has shown an amazing ability to update itself and find a niche in the most unexpected socio-cultural contexts.
Choreography: Olga Dukhovnaya
Interpretation: Olga Dukhovnaya & Alexis Hedouin
Sound: Anton Svetlichny
Light: Guillaume Jouin
Costume: Marion Regnier
Produced by C.A.M.P (camp.bzh)