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Tue 24 Mar 2015, 7:30pm–8:40pm
Wed 25 Mar 2015, 7:30pm–8:40pm

Where: Maidment Theatre, 8 Alfred St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

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Bbeals is a co-production between Footnote New Zealand Dance and Danses en L'R from Reunion, a French island in the Indian Ocean. It is a full length contemporary dance piece exploring an arc starting from Jennifer Beals' character in the film Flashdance, later encompassing biblical themes from the Tower of Babel to the Great Flood. As well as movement, Bbeals involves original music, and elements of theatre and circus performance.

With Bbeals, choreographer Eric Languet continues his ongoing reflection on the individual confronted with the group. He underlines in this new creation the question of responsibility. “The group often allows the individual to achieve things that he or she would not necessarily be able to achieve alone,” he points out, alluding to football supporters and armies. But, not only.

As the group could also be a couple or a family and this invokes the “heinous, magnificent or very unclear” links that unite them and makes them stay together.

In this case, it’s their love for Jennifer Beals.

Why her?

Because Flashdance was the first dance film that the choreographer saw on entering the Conservatory in Paris, and he found that the clichés that the film perpetuated of a dizzy dancer to be “awful”. The implied reference also allows him to tackle the subject and access a more serious theme through the absurd, in a light-hearted manner. Being a member of a Fan Club is showing off your love for a star, it’s also using the group to reach your objective, like ascending the steps of a tower.

Like the Tower of Babel, the tower being built here is surrounded by strategies, a concentration of humanity, enveloping what is paradoxical and more or less unsavory.

Which strategy will win? Who will reach the top? More especially, what does each one get from the collective construction? What will each of us, spectators, get from it?

Poetry! Surely! Eric Languet continues his research on the follies. “What makes us want to build tangible things when the most resistant things are made from poetry?” he questions, quoting René Char: “A poet should leave traces of his passage, not proofs. Traces alone engender dreams.”

The poetry of Bbeals (Beals/Babel) promises to be overwhelming. Thought-provoking. Accompanied by the music of Yann Costa, also one of the cast, the dancers will question the intimate in order to evoke the universal.

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