The analog sound of Kraftwerk in the performance of choreographer Yuval Pick

On October 13 at Boris Hristov House of Culture the choreographer Yuval Pick, director of Centre Chorégraphique National de Rillieux-la-Pape (France), will demonstrate his love to one of the pioneers of the electronic music scene – the world-famous band Kraftwerk.

The audience will also witness the tendencies in the dance that are typical for the romanticism, integrated in the performance ARE FRIENDS ELECTRIC? which is part of the programme of the ninth edition of the international festival of contemporary dance and performance ONE DANCE WEEK 2016.

Yuval Pick chooses the period 1974–78 when Kraftwerk’s albums Autobahn, Radioactivität, Trans-Europa Expressand and Die Mensch-Maschine were all released. They inspire him to focus on the dynamic relationships between individual and collective, body and movement.

For this project I wanted to work with existing pieces of music, in order to trigger our collective memory. I wanted to touch an entirely new dimensions of dance, to reach the core of every song, to re-create the rhythm and to impersonate it in a dance repertoirе.

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This period of Kraftwerk’s music is characterized by their analog sound and rhythms, which remind of heartbeats, the movements of breathing, walking, a musical gesture on the human scale. The choreographer interprets this part of their journey as an invention of a new European romanticism, which offers a different perspective of Man and his environment. Here, the 19th century ideal of Man and nature was replaced by Man’s will to survive in his urbanised and mechanized environment. By exploring the black box of Kraftwerk, Pick has found number of rather intriguing elements that were integrated into his research.

Yuval Pick has had a long career as a choreographer, a dancer and a teacher. First, he trained at the Bat-Dor Dance School in Tel Aviv, then, in 1991, joined the Batsheva Dance Company. Four years later he left to begin working as an international guest artist with, among others, Tero Saarinen, Carolyn Carlson and Russel Maliphant.

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In 1999 he has joined the Opera Ballet of Lyon and later has founded his own company, The Guests, in 2002. Since then he has created a strong repertory of works – Popular Music (2005), Strand Behind (2006) for the Agora Festival (IRCAM) and the National Conservatory of music and dance (CNSMD) in Lyon, /Paon/ (2008) for the Junior Ballet in Genève and 17 drops and more. Since then he has created a strong repertory of works marked by their elaborated, layered movement vocabulary, accompanied by commissioned scores by ranking composers. In his work the relationships between individuals and group, between individual and community are underlined.

The visit of Centre Chorégraphique National de Rillieux-la-Pape is happening with the support of French Institute in Bulgaria, Embassy of the Republic of France and Societe Generale Expressbank.

Tickets via the Eventim network at the price of 10 BGN.