Directed and choreographed by Kader Belarbi, the show will be presented in the pink city from October 16, 2021.
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He was considered the painter of the Parisian festivals, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is in the spotlight of the Capitole ballet in Toulouse. Choreographer Kader Belarbi seized on the artist’s universe for a new dialogue between painting and dance. The creation will be unveiled to the public from October 16 to 23, 2021
From the costumes to the sets, including the music and the interpretation of the dancers, the choreographer Kader Belarbi has fully immersed himself in the work of Toulouse-Lautrec for whom dance was a central subject. At the end of numerous rehearsals, the character of Lautrec reveals himself and takes shape. “I’m starting to see who he is: a man on the move. He’s a dancer in his own way”, rejoice Kader Belarbi. On the melodies and rhythms of Bruno Coulais, the man who suffered from a handicap crossed with legendary figures.
Painter of Parisian festivals, cabarets, circuses, entertainment and balls, Lautrec animates his paintings with a gesture of his brush or pencil. An energy, a rhythm and a humanity embodied by the performers of the Toulouse ballet. Ramiro and David will alternate the title role. The two dancers, one Cuban and the other Armenian, had never heard of the 19th century painter. Now, they know all the faces of the artist they are going to interpret. “Toulouse-Lautrec, due to his illness, was limited in his movements, we owe that to our dance and all the emotions inside without finding a caricature”, Davit Galstyan explains.
“Toulouse-Lautrec” by the Toulouse Capitole Ballet from October 16 to 23, 2021