What if your life really was about the nights?
A couple lives a tormented life. The woman is haunted by dreams; he is free from any such troubles but warns her against the power of imagination. Night after night, her visions tirelessly come to life.
Stephan Thoss opens the doors to the world of the unconscious, portraying a series of dreams throughout this breathtaking and high-paced ballet. Articulated around a multitude of tableaux and projections reminiscent of surrealist cinema, this dreamlike ballet alternates between eerily beautiful scenes and fastpaced action.
The Artistic Director of GBCM has no regrets about his first collaboration with Stephan Thoss in 2011, when the company restaged Searching for Home, a short piece for 16 dancers, set to music by Philip Glass, first performed by the resident ballet company at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden in 2008. Following the enthusiastic response elicited by Thoss’ work — the psychological journey of a woman discovering the multiple facets of her personality — Pankov wanted to showcase the choreographer’s rare talent for creating episodic yet coherent storylines. “He is amazingly dynamic, overflowing with energy, and he greatly impressed the company’s dancers. He transformed them, in fact, to the point where I could no longer recognize them,” declared Pankov. “Some of them seemed to recapture their youth in their roles in Searching for Home. One rather reserved dancer suddenly opened up like a flower, and everyone surprised me in one way or another. Stephan Thoss gives so much; he’s so inspirational that the dancers do everything they can to surpass themselves. They jumped for joy when they heard they were going to work with him again.” Showing complete confidence in the choreographer, Gradimir Pankov is giving Thoss free rein to choose the form and theme of his new work, with a view to producing a full-scale ballet for the company’s entire troupe of 38 dancers.
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal (October 2003 - Place des Arts, Montréal)
Minimum dance area: 15 meters x 15 meters. Dance area in front of main curtain, on proscenium or orchestra pit. Special human rigging system for one dancer. Video projections on front gauze from front of house.
Number of dancers 26 — Length 85 min. (without intermission)
Full technical rider available on demand.