Jeux

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  • Artistic director / Choreographer : Philippe Saint-Paul
  • dancers : Charlotte Greaves, Pittaya Phaefuang, Philippe Saint-Paul, Pattanapong Suwanwong, Patcharawalai Tiplamai
  • music : Somtow Sucharitkul

According to Nijinsky’s Diaries, made during the weeks before his psychological breakdown, Diaghilev intended the music to describe a homosexual encounter between three young men, and Nijinsky wanted to include an airplane crash. The final version of the story involved a man, two girls, and a game of tennis. The scenario was described to the audience at the premiere as follows:

“The scene is a garden at dusk; a tennis ball has been lost; a boy and two girls are searching for it. The artificial light of the large electric lamps shedding fantastic rays about them suggests the idea of childish games: they play hide and seek, they try to catch one another, they quarrel, they sulk without cause. The night is warm, the sky is bathed in pale light; they embrace. But the spell is broken by another tennis ball thrown in mischievously by an unknown hand. Surprised and alarmed, the boy and girls disappear into the nocturnal depths of the garden.”

For UBDC, Jeux was an overall project that involved 3 versions. A duet, a trio and finally a group dance with the whole company. However, the group dance still used the same structure. It starts with a single man in the dark, surrounded by lights searching. Slowly, people gather, forming fleeting groups changing and intertwining. The space structure is clearly made of 2 stages with the front constantly shifting, exploring the multiplicity of an unclear time continuum.

Finally, as in Nijinsky’s choreography, the stage ends up at it started, empty, ready for a new cycle.

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