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After the creation of Affected (2006), a piece consisting of three soli based on the Lieder of Gustav Mahler, Claire Croizé continues her work with Mahler’s music in The Farewell

The Farewell

Claire Croizé

This time she started from his last pieces: Der Abschied from Das Lied von der Erde and the 3rd movement of the 9th symphony, the Rondo-Burlesque. The last part of the piece is in silence. What interests Claire Croizé in Mahler’s œuvre is how man feels confronted with the world, its solitude and endlessness; a hymn a to life composed of solitude, the longing for a dialogue and the search for the absolute. The music creates the space, it suggests places, pasts moments, thoughts, feelings and emotions. It is a true mise en scène of emotions. The writing is romanesque, filled with desires and doubts. The Farewell rests on a dialogue between the three scenic elements dance, music and light, designed by Jan Maertens, and wants to research how these mutually interpret, converge or diverge. Each form has to find its own space and freedom to exist by and for itself and experience its own solitude. The dramaturgy of The Farewell is set on the musical composition. Croizé wants to continue the romantic and dramatic aspect, the emotional content, and at the same time create the possibility for the audience to identify and make their own stories.

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Creation and dance
Claire Croizé
Light design
Jan Maertens
Artistic assistance
Etienne Guilloteau
Musical advice
Alain Franco
Music
Gustav Mahler
Production Manager
Nathalie Schrauwen
Production
Action Scénique
Co-production
Vooruit (Départs), Buda and Workspace BrusselsIn collaboration with wp Zimmer
Thanks to
Felix Luque and Kunst/Werk, Alexander Baervoets
Presented in
Belgium: Ghent (Vooruit), Antwerp (Amperdans/Monty), Brussels (Working Title Festival/KVS, Festival International des Brigittines, Les Brigittines), Leuven (STUK), Maasmechelen (CC), Geel (CC De Werft), Genk (CC), Beveren (CC Ter Vesten), Hasselt (CC), Kortrijk (Schouwburg), Dilbeek (CC Westrand), Neerpelt (Takt Dommelhof), Koksijde (CC Casino Koksijde), Tournai (Maison de la Culture de Tournai); France: Armentières (Vivat la Danse!, Le Vivat)
With the support of de Vlaamse Overheid, Départs/European Commission (Culture program)
"… a young dancer, an empty stage, breathtaking music and an expectant auditorium. And Claire Croizé fulfils those expectations: she strikes a balance between dance, light and music giving equal emphasis to all three components… Mahler would probably have found a muse in this young woman."
S. Vankersschaever, De Standaard, Oct 2009
"… Croizé provides an honest and powerful response to Mahler with her fanciful and ingenious dance trajectory. She leaves the audience feeling dazed, deeply impressed by the maturity of this young woman."
R. Mariën, Etcetera, Nov 2009
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