SACRE by David Wampach
David Wampach’s SACRE is an ambitious, radical reworking of a foundational work of modern dance, freely adapted from the Rite of Spring, with support from the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.
After CASSETTE, freely inspired by the Nutcracker Suite, choreographer David Wampach offers a new and crossed reading of the Rite of Spring, retaining just a few notes (or blasts) of Stravinsky’s music and a handful of movements from Nijinsky’s dance. Wampach takes inspiration from the work’s scenario, in collaboration with costume designer Rachel Garcia, who draws on the ballet’s original costumes by Nicholas Roerich as the starting-point for a free variation on the theme of ‘nakedness in clothing’.
Wampach’s work is rooted in the ‘ritual, ceremony, ecstatic states, intoxication, inebriation’ of the original Rite of Spring, involving extensive breathing work on the part of the dancers, who use hyperventilation as a natural means to achieve a state of intoxication.
Performed by David Wampach and dancer Tamar Shelef, SACRE is also inspired by the so-called ‘bio-mechanical’ methods of Russian dramatist Vsevolod Meyerhold, designed to transcend the body’s natural powers. The piece plays on the figures’ gravity in space, in an atmosphere of contained, internalized emotion with occasional touches of humour.
The work represents a considerable physical challenge for its performers. It was premiered at Montpellier Danse 2011, with the support of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, before the choreographer’s move to Kyoto, to take up a residency at the Villa Kujoyama/Institut Français.
Choreography: David Wampach
Costumes: Rachel Garcia and Laurence Alquier
Costume production: Laurence Alquier
Sound: Mikko Hynninen
Technical director: Gaëtan Lebret
Performers: Tamar Shelef et David Wampach
With the artistic collaboration of Chiara Gallerani, Johanna Korthals Altes, Enora Rivière, Mark Tompkins and Christian Ubl
Administration/communications and bookings: Fanny Lacour
Production: Association Achles
Co-production: Festival Montpellier Danse, Centre National de la Danse - Pantin, Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté, Belfort. With support from the Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès, Tanzquartier , Vienna and the eadc, Geneva (as part of Modul-dance), and the Ménagerie de Verre (Studiolabs).
with help from the Centre Chorégraphique National Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon.
Rehearsed at: CNDC, Centre National de Danse Contemporaine d’Angers.