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The shifting entity of 20 Opéra de Lyon dancers instils its relational and proliferative modes in the mycelium, the underground part of a fungus that extends its filaments so that information can circulate.
The mycelium is the part of fungi that we know least because we do not see it. Beneath our feet, in the humus of forests, this vast network of filaments enables trees and the fungus kingdom to communicate and exchange nutrients. Inspired by the workings of this subterranean web, Christos Papadopoulos transfers the vitality of its influxes into the bodies of the Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon. The 20 dancers together create a shifting, turbulent entity where information – each small gesture and its micro-variations, each instant adjustment – circulates freely. These proliferations are accompanied by Coti K’s repetitive music, a stream of offbeats and electronic loops. After Ion (2018), which raised gazes skyward to observe clouds of birds, the Greek choreographer’s meticulous style of composition again turns to the structures of the living world, which open the way to other kinds of relationship.
Piece for 20 performers — 2023
Choreography Christos Papadopoulos Choreographer's assistant Georgios Kotsifakis Music Coti K Lighting Eliza Alexandropoulou Costumes Aggelos Mendis Ballet masters Pierre Advokatoff, Jocelyne Mocogni, Amandine Roque de la Cruz
Coproduction Théâtre de la Ville Paris
Co-produced with the Opéra de Lyon