By Peter Quanz
A commissioned piece that premiered in September 2011, this narrative ballet recounts the torrid romance of French sculptors Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel, from the flowering of their shared creative passion to Claudel’s downward spiral into poverty and madness. To represent the burst of creativity that stemmed from their union, and the psychological toll it exerted, Quanz added a 12-member ensemble of six men and six women: “sculptures” that embody the shapes and emotions emanating from the minds of the artists.
Hector Berlioz, Claude Debussy, Francis Poulenc, Maurice Ravel, Albert Roussel, Erik Satie, Alfred Schnittke interprété par l'Orchestre des Grands Ballets sous la direction d'Allan Lewis
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal (October 2011 - Place des Arts, Montréal)
Number of dancers 28 — Length 105 min. (with intermission)